Friday’s 2021 Pac-12 Championship Game will feature No. 10 Oregon and No. 17 Utah. In their first meeting this season, the Utes dominated the Ducks by securing a 38-7 victory at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The rematch will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Can Utah complete a sweep, or will Oregon bounce back and avoid suffering its third loss of the year?
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Utes as 2.5-point favorites in the latest Utah vs. Oregon odds. The over-under for total points is set at 58, down two points from the opening line. Before making any Oregon vs. Utah picks or Pac-12 Championship Game 2021 predictions, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,700 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Championship Week 2021 on a 42-28 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Oregon vs. Utah and locked in its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the CFB odds and betting trends for Utah vs. Oregon:
Oregon vs. Utah spread: Utah -2.5Oregon vs. Utah over-under: 58 points Oregon vs. Utah money line: Utes -135, Ducks +115ORE: The total has gone over in seven of the Ducks’ previous nine games against the Utes UTAH: The Utes are 5-0 straight in their last five games
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Why Oregon can cover
Oregon couldn’t slow Utah down the last time these two teams met. The Utes picked apart the Ducks on the ground by tallying 221 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. While they only totaled 178 passing yards, Utah tight end Brant Kuithe accounted for 115 receiving yards on just five catches. Oregon’s defensive leader’s return could help the underdogs limit Utah’s effectiveness on offense.
Verone McKinley III left the last Oregon-Utah pairing in the first half with an injury and could be a difference-maker on Friday. Only one Duck can top his mark of 67 tackles, and he leads Oregon with five interceptions. Getting him back on the field could slow down the Utes’ passing attack. If Anthony Brown and Travis Dye can recover from the underwhelming outings from two weeks ago, the second round of this matchup could be close. The QB-RB duo has combined for 23 of Oregon’s 34 rushing touchdowns. Only three programs have scored more rushing touchdowns this year.
Why Utah can cover
Utah is riding a five-game winning streak, and four of its victories during that span have been by double-digits. The Utes have leaned heavily on their sturdy rushing attack to get results. Tavion Thomas has put the offense on his back and could build on his string of elite performances in his second matchup with Oregon.
Thomas is a touchdown machine. He’s rushed for 978 yards, and 18 touchdowns on 168 carries this season. He’s been incredibly productive during the Utes’ winning streak, tallying 14 rushing touchdowns in his last five games. Thomas eclipsed 100 yards on the ground in three of those contests. The sophomore running back could power Utah to a sixth consecutive victory by continuing to move the chains efficiently.
How to make Utah vs. Oregon picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 50 combined points. It also has generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in over 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the model’s Pac-12 Championship Game picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Oregon vs. Utah? And which side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Utah vs. Oregon spread to back, all from the advanced model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.