Big Thursday Schedule in NCAA, Heisman Watch

The BSC should be a bit clearer after Thursday when two undefeated teams battle in their respective conferences.

The Oregon Ducks will take on the Stanford Cardinal, while the Baylor Bears face the Oklahoma Sooners. Both the Ducks and the Bears are double-digit favorites.

On Wednesday morning on online sports books Bovada, betonline and topbet, Baylor was favored by 15-points over the Sooners, while Oregon is currently an 11-point favorite at Stanford.

Oregon is 11-0 in their past 11 games as a favorite on the road, while Stanford has won straight up the only time they have played at home under David Shaw as an underdog.

Last season Oregon lost to Stanford in OT 17-14. However, the last time Oregon faced Stanford in Palo Alto, the Ducks crushed the Cardinal 53-30, as an underdog of 3.5 points.

Baylor has a record of 16-6 ATS as a favorite at home since Art Briles became the Bears head coach. Oklahoma is 5-2 ATS in its seven games as an underdog on the road over the past 8 eight seasons.

Fans from Florida State will be cheering on Stanford as their Seminoles are ranked one spot in front of Oregon in the latest BCS standings, but if both teams remain undefeated, the Ducks will finish in front of Florida State.

Florida State’s easy schedule that features the likes of Idaho, Nevada and Bethune-Cookman is detrimental to the Seminoles when it comes time for the BCS rankings.

Heisman Watch

Marcus Mariota is the odds on favorite at this time to win the Heisman with his 20 passing and 9 rushing touchdowns. However, his No. 1 status in the Heisman race is predicated on his team winning on Thursday against Stanford.

Jameis Winston is 3 to 2 to win the Heisman but dropped a bit further behind Mariota this week after tossing two picks against Miami last weekend. However, with Wake Forest, Idaho and Syracuse as his next three opponents he should pad his statistics going forward.

In third in the race for the Heisman is Bryce Perry the talented quarterback for Baylor. He is 8 to 1, but his hopes also depend on his team defeating Oklahoma on Thursday in his biggest test of the season thus far.

In fourth is A.J. McCarron who is at 10 to 1. The Alabama quarterback must put up big numbers to have a chance against Mariota and that is difficult in Alabama’s offensive scheme.

In fifth is the defending Heisman Trophy holder Johnny Manziel for Texas A&M. Manziel is 15 to 1 but he needs other teams to lose so he can move up the ladder.

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