The opening Las Vegas lines for next week’s games are out, and they show Oregon favored by 24 over the Huskies in Eugene Saturday night.
UW officially ended as a 23.5-point underdog at LSU earlier this season, a game it lost 41-3. So at the moment, the spread for the Oregon game is the largest against Washington since the last time it visited Eugene in 2010, when the Ducks were a 36-point favorite (covering, barely, with a 53-16 win over a Jake Locker-less Husky squad).
UW is 2-2 against the spread this season, obviously covering on Thursday as a seven-point underdog when it beat Stanford 17-13.
UW has lost and not covered the last three times it has been an underdog of 20 or more points, beginning with that 2010 Oregon game and also including this year’s LSU game and last year’s loss at Stanford, when it was a 20-point underdog.
However, UW did beat USC as a 19-point underdog at home in 2009, thought to be the biggest “upset” win in Husky history in terms of the point spread (here’s some history from earlier this year on that topic).
Here are the lines on other Pac-12 games next week:
— USC is a 12-point favorite at Utah on Thursday night;
— UCLA is a 1-point favorite at Cal;
— Stanford is a 12-point favorite at home against Arizona;.
— And as I type this, there is no line yet on the Washington State at Oregon State game.
(Arizona State and Colorado are off next week as they play on Oct. 11).