The 2023 Pac-12 Championship game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies is set to be a thrilling rematch with significant implications for the College Football Playoff.
Oregon enters the game on a high, having secured six consecutive victories by double digits since their last meeting with Washington, where they lost 36-33. Quarterback Bo Nix has been a standout for Oregon, becoming a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy with impressive stats: four consecutive games with over 360 passing yards and 16 passing touchdowns in the last four games. Oregon's defense has also stepped up, holding four of their last five opponents under 20 points.
Washington, on the other hand, has had a challenging path to the championship game, with their last two wins being by a combined five points. Despite this, they remain undefeated thanks to the clutch plays of quarterback Michael Penix Jr. Washington's offensive strength lies in its passing game, led by Penix Jr., with Rome Odunze and Ja’Lynn Polk being key offensive weapons. However, they face a solid Oregon defense, which could be a decisive factor in the game.
Pac 12 Championship Spread
Oregon is favored by 9.5 points, reflecting their dominance in recent games and overall balance in both offense and defense. Their ground game, in particular, could be a crucial advantage, especially with running back Bucky Irving showing strong performances against Washington in the past. The total for the game is set at 65.5, leaning towards a high-scoring affair, considering both teams' offensive capabilities and Oregon's vulnerability against teams with strong passing games.
Pac 12 Championship Pick and Prediction
Washington Over (26.5) DK (-135) better value than FD 27.5 at (-125)
Everyone is all over Oregon in the game tonight but don’t forget that Washington is ranked higher and they beat the Ducks 36-33 in the regular season meeting in mid October.
Washington averaged 38 points per game this season and they were 1 of 2 top offenses that the Oregon defense faced this season.
Washington’s offense has been held in check the last 2 games but they’ve also been playing outdoor games in November in Washington and Oregon. Tonight’s game is in a dome in Vegas so the conditions will be perfect for Michael Penix Jr and company.