Just a few months ago, Oregon played for the national championship. Just a few weeks ago, the Ducks pushed No. 2 Michigan State to the brink in East Lansing.
Then Utah happened.
The Ducks were utterly embarrassed at home last weekend, as Utah scored 42 unanswered points to turn a close 20-13 game into a 62-20 blowout.
This week? This week, the Ducks (2-2) are favored by just 7.5 points against lowly Colorado (3-1), which two weeks ago needed overtime to beat Colorado State.
Is the low point spread a sign that people are already losing confidence in the Ducks?
“You, my friend, are reading exactly into what that number is telling you,” sportsline.com analyst and Vegas insider Todd Fuhrman said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “The betting market doesn’t believe in Oregon and their 96th-ranked defensive stop unit.”
Oregon gave up 42 points to Eastern Washington and 28 points to Georgia State before giving up 62 to Utah. Even if the Ducks score on the Buffs, can they stop them?
“The bottom line is this: This will be one of the marquee games as far as degenerate bettors are concerned come Saturday night,” Fuhrman said. “All the chasers in the world, they’re going to look down their sheet and they’re going to see Oregon barely more than a touchdown favorite against a much-maligned Buffs program. But the reality is, Colorado falls into what we like to call a defensive underdog. They’re better on that side of the football than Oregon, and you can make the case that the Ducks may not get off the plane in Boulder for this one knowing that their season and national-championship aspirations have been dashed. I think Colorado, one of those ugly ducklings – that’s only way to look in this particular game.”