The Oregon State Beavers head back home after leaving the desert with another loss on their resume. The Arizona Sun Devils made easy work of Oregon State, as they dispatched them by a score of 52-24. It was the second week in a row that Oregon State lost to a school from Arizona. The Wildcats beat Oregon State the week before, 35-14. The Beavers only win on the season was against Southern Utah. It matches their win total from last season when they finished with a record of 1-11 in 2017.
Their only victory came against Portland State and got blanked against Pac-12 competition. They are going to be an underdog in every Pac-12 game this season, so don’t be surprised to see them with 1 win on their resume again this season. Oregon State haven’t had a quarterback since Sean Mannion was on campus. Mannion is 26 years of age now and the backup to one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL, Jared Goff.
Mannion wasn’t enough to make the Beavers a competitive team in the conference, but they at least weren’t vomiting all over themselves and embarrassing themselves on the field like they have been in recent years. There is a lot of things that need to get fixed in Corvallis before we start to see Oregon State see progress. When I say progress, I mean hoping to win 6 games and go to a bowl game. There are too many quality teams in the Pac-12 at the moment for that to be a possibility.
Mike Leach will bring his team on the road to Corvallis following a 28-24 loss over the Utah Utes this week. They let a winnable game against USC get away the week prior, but they played a nice game there. The officials missed a blatant roughing the passer call near the end which would have set Washington State up in prime position.
As it went, though, the Cougars took a 39-36 loss for their only L of the year thus far. They bounced back nicely and avoided a letdown against Utah. The Utes aren’t a bad team, so it isn’t a win over a pushover that’s for sure. Oregon State are going to have to brace for an aerial attack through the air by quarterback Gardner Minshew. Minshew passed for 445 yards and 3 touchdowns on a decent Utah defensive unit. He’s passed for 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions with a 67.8 completion percentage, throwing 6 touchdowns and just 1 interception the last two weeks. That is against Utah and USC defenses as well, not a bunch of creampuffs. Head below for our free Washington State vs. Oregon State pick for Saturday night.
Washington State Cougars vs. Oregon State Beavers NCAAF Betting Odds:
Washington State -17(-110)
vs. Oregon State +17(-110)
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Washington State vs. Oregon State Pick:
Oregon State are looking for some revenge after a 52-23 beatdown last year in Pullman. The Beavers have been looking for revenge for the last three years against Washington State. They’re on a four-game winning streak over Oregon State, starting back in 2014, a 39-32 win in a duel between Luke Falk and Mannion. Like I said, Oregon State have been searching for their next Mannion.
Conor Blount has been showing signs that he can take this offense to the next level. He’s tossed 7 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Those stats are a little deceptive, though. Blount threw a couple touchdowns in garbage time against a prevent defense in Columbus and has played bad defenses in Nevada and Southern Utah.
In any event, Blount is going to need some help from the defense if he’s going to win some games for this team. It doesn’t matter much what he’s doing if Oregon State can’t stop a high school team. In the last two weeks against Arizona and Arizona State, they’ve been outgained by a whopping 508 yards. So, it isn’t any surprise that Oregon State are next to last, 129th, in the country in yards allowed per game with 544 yards. They are also allowing 45.2 points per game.
Minshew is likely to slice through this defense like swiss cheese. They had a ton of issues against a dynamic offense last week. Whether it was through the air or ground, Arizona State were able to do whatever they wanted. The same goes for Arizona and Ohio State. While an offense led by Mike Leach is going to put up points, it’s the defense that have made major strides in the last couple of years.
They are the top of the FBS with an average of just 274 yards allowed per game for 7th. The spread is off in this matchup. I was expecting -23 or -24, but we’re getting 17. I know what odds makers are thinking with the number. Washington State are coming off a tough game with Utah and might laydown here. Maybe against a better team, but Oregon State shouldn’t offer much in the way of resistance. Look at laying the points with Washington State on Saturday night in Corvallis.