Sports book gambling fans have read numerous rather racy and intriguing articles about Oregon’s off the field problems and lack of discipline that cast a shadow over their 2010 on line sports gambling prospects. The Oregon Ducks finished the 2009 sports book gambling season with a record of 10-3 straight up and 7-6 against the spread and as losers of the Rose Bowl in a 17-26 decision against Ohio State as 4.5-point favorites.
On balance it was a highly successful first season for rookie head coach Chip Kelly but also one in which Oregon developed the reputation for not being the best behaved program starting with the opening game of the season when running back LeGarrette Blount was suspended after a punch throwing/profanity laced tirade that followed a loss at Boise State.
Oregon’s gambling sports prospects look good on paper but those aforementioned intangibles make many handicappers nervous. Running back LaMichael James was suspended for the 2010 season opener and quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was suspended for the season due to burglary. Most other incidents, while ugly, involved second line players that should not have much of a sports book gambling impact.
James leads one of the most talented running back corps in all of sports book gambling. James ran for 1480 yards last year with a sparkling 6.9 yards per carry average with 14 touchdowns. Five-star prospect Lache Seastrunk will arrive in the summer and sophomore Kenjon Barner is known for being fast and difficult to tackle.
Quarterback is now a major sports book gambling question with Masoli out and it looks like the job will go to either fifth year senior Nate Costa or sophomore Darron Thomas.
The offensive line returns 5 starters and the defensive backfield is one of the best in college football. Despite the turmoil most handicappers believe that Oregon remains a serious sports book gambling favorite to win the Pac-10 and compete for a national title.