The Stanford Cardinal took one of the honors for week 3 in college football for biggest wins of the week. Stanford went on the road to defeat the USC Trojans, a squad that people thought were going to jump a hurdle and leap into the college football playoff this season. All of that came to an end last week against Stanford. It seems to be a familiar storyline for USC, regardless of the talent they have on their roster. They have had some stacked teams, but haven’t been able to do much with it. This season, once again, there is talent there that could have gotten them there, but another lapse is going to do them in. This season is wide open, Ohio State and Michigan State are 1 and 2 but there is a sense there that either team could win any given week. The Buckeyes haven shown vulnerabilities, and Michigan State was a pass away from losing to Oregon. In other news, Ole Miss beat Alabama, so there is another favorite that fell. TCU hasn’t played anybody since Minnesota in week 1, a game in which the Horned Frogs didn’t look all that great.
I expect the rankings to continue to be shaken up continually until four teams are announced. All in all, talent wise this isn’t the best year for college football in my opinion. There are numerous teams from the past five seasons that you could have put on top of the polls in this instance. For those thinking maybe Stanford may vault up because of their win against USC have it wrong. Stanford lost to Northwestern in week 1 against a scrappy Wildcat team. In the Big-12, there are some other heavyweights that Stanford can still upend, though. Oregon State is not one of those teams, but they better look out for the Beavers.
This is one of those trap games you hear oh so often about during football season. In baseball, the word trap game, isn’t used nearly as often. Conversely, football has what look like traps all over the place on a weekly basis, in college and the pros. This one looks that way. But “trap games” don’t always work out. I would say it’s 50/50. Nevertheless, Stanford still has to be thinking about USC from last week. The Cardinal is also on a short week, playing a Friday night game here. Yes, Oregon State is in the same scenario, but they didn’t just knock off a team like USC. Quarterback Kevin Hogan is still trying to live up to what Andrew Luck did at Stanford. He did his best Luck impression last week, passing for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was helped out greatly by the running game. USC didn’t have an answer for the offense, a pretty sad effort from the Trojans. Stanford has to get focused on Oregon State now, though, or they could be on the opposite end of an upset tonight.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Oregon State Beavers College Football Pick
@Oregon State +16(-110)
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Stanford vs. Oregon State Pick:
Stanford has done this before against USC, even before Stanford became a team that people took note of. This was back when Stanford was winning two or three games a year. So, needless to say, Stanford always gets up to play their interstate foe in the Big-12. They did it with their offense last week though, leaving the USC wondering what was going on. The offense throttled USC for 41 points in the 41-31 victory, leaving a big impression on USC. They utilized a balance attack to wear the USC defense down. There is a problem for Stanford in this game, however. Quarterback Kevin Hogan is listed as questionable and currently looks like a game time decision after he got his ankle rolled up on last week. If Hogan can’t go, there is little experience behind Hogan at the qb spot. Neither backups have much in-game action.
Ryan Burns made an appearance in two games last season, making only one pass attempt. Conversely, Keller Chryst has only played against Central Florida, completing a pass for 20-yards. It remains to be seen if Hogan is going to be able to suit up Friday night. While Oregon State is no big contender, they should be amped up for Stanford Friday night. They also have a pretty strong defense, allowing only 21 points per game this season. But above all, I don’t feel confident backing a banged up Hogan or a backup from Stanford that have never played a game, especially after they had that big win against USC last week. Line is overinflated due to their Stanford win. I think taking the points is in order in this spot.
PICK: OREGON STATE +16 (-110)