No Pac-12 school has reached the College Football Playoff since the 2016 season. Could Oregon break that drought and perhaps win the national title? The Ducks reached the CFP in its first season in 2014 but lost to Ohio State in the title game. Oregon is a +4500 long shot to win it all but might have a clear path. Let’s take a look at the details for your College Football bets.
National Championship Odds After Week 9
Coach Dan Lanning’s team got pounded by Georgia in the season opener but won its seventh game in a row this past Saturday, 42-24 at California. QB Bo Nix accounted for six touchdowns and the Oregon defense limited Cal to 74 rushing yards and 4-of-15 third-down conversions, helping the Ducks overcome a slow start offensively before scoring 28 straight points from late in the second quarter to midway through the fourth.
Nix completed 27-of-35 passes for 412 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He rushed 12 times for 59 yards and three touchdowns, his fourth game this season with multiple rushing TDs and sixth in his career. It was Nix’s third game this season with three rushing TDs, becoming the only Oregon QB since at least 1996 to rush for three touchdowns three times in the same season. He’s just the fourth Oregon QB ever to throw three touchdowns and rush for three touchdowns in the same game, joining Joey Harrington (2001), Kellen Clemens (2004) and Jeremiah Masoli (2009).
It was Nix’s second game this season with three TDs rushing and two passing, becoming the only Oregon QB since at least 1996 to accomplish that feat multiple times in the same season.
The Ducks scored 40-plus points for the seventh straight game, doing so for the first time since 2014; it was their 26th straight win when scoring 40-plus. They surpassed 500 yards of total offense for the fifth straight game and sixth time this season; Oregon won its 15th straight game when finishing with 500-plus yards of offense.
Oregon has outscored opponents 142-72 in the second quarter alone this season (most points and highest scoring differential in any quarter). The Ducks are 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2019, and second time since 2013.
The Ducks will definitely win this week as they visit terrible Colorado.
TCU remains unbeaten yet is still a +6000 long shot to win the national title. The Frogs are off a 41-31 win at West Virginia last week. QB Max Duggan made his 36th career start and completed 16-of-28 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns.
Kendre Miller’s 120 yards on 12 carries gave him his fifth 100-yard game in the last six contests. He has nine career 100-yard efforts. Miller’s 51-yard touchdown gave him a rushing score in all eight games this year, the second-longest streak to begin a season in TCU history. TCU Board of Trustees member LaDainian Tomlinson ran for a touchdown in all 12 games in 2000. Miller’s nine consecutive games with a rushing touchdown rank second all-time at TCU, behind only Tomlinson (15, 1999-00).
The Horned Frogs are alone atop the Big 12 standings with a 5-0 conference record. Four of the wins are against teams they lost to by at least two scores last season, including three by at least three scores. TCU is 8-0 for the first time since 2015. Sonny Dykes is the first head football coach in Big 12 history to be 8-0 in his first season. At No. 7, TCU has its highest ranking since it was No. 4 in 2017 when Dykes was on staff as an offensive analyst.
TCU’s four wins this season over ranked opponents ties it with Tennessee for the national lead. The Horned Frogs are just the third team since 1960 (Stanford, 2016; Iowa, 1960) to win four consecutive games over ranked opponents in a calendar month. TCU’s four consecutive games with a win over a ranked opponent ties for first nationally since 1996. The Horned Frogs are the only Big 12 team to accomplish the feat in the regular season.
TCU visits Texas Tech this week. TCU’s three-game winning streak over Texas Tech is its longest in the series since a run of three straight victories from 1958-60. Since TCU began Big 12 play in 2012, the road team has won seven of 10 games in the series. Texas Tech holds a 32-29-3 edge over TCU in the all-time series which began with a 28-16 Horned Frogs’ win in Fort Worth in 1926.