Oregon State vs. Colorado State Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Oregon State vs. Colorado State fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
Oregon State (0-0) vs. Colorado State (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, August 26th
Game Time: 2:30 pm ET
Venue: CSU Stadium, Fort Collins, CO
Network: CBS Sports Network
Not to be overly dramatic about it, but there are always certain games early on that can define a season from the start.
This is that for both Oregon State and Colorado State.
Coming off a rough 4-8 season, the Beavers and head coach Gary Andersen need to start out with a bit of a splash, with Minnesota coming up in a few week and a tough-looking Pac-12 schedule looming.
Lose this, and it’s uh-oh time with at Washington State, Washington, at USC, Colorado, and Stanford starting up in mid-September.
This isn’t quite as big a deal for Colorado State, but a program looking to finally bust through and make the sort of national impact it’s been hoping for, two Pac-12 wins to kick things off would be nice – arch-rival Colorado is coming up next.
One Reason Why Oregon State Will Win
Can the Beavers recreate the Idaho magic through the air against the Colorado State secondary? New year and new team and new situations, but when we last saw the Rams, they were getting lit up by the Vandals in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl loss.
While the Colorado State defensive backs are experienced, Oregon State has a different look and feel with 6-7 former Idaho Vandal Jake Luton bombing away. It’s a Gary Andersen coached team – so it’ll rely on Ryan Nall and the ground game, while hoping for decent defensive play – but this year, the offense will stretch the field a bit more.
One Reason Why Colorado State Will Win
Grind, grind, grind. It’ll be tempting for the Rams to throw the ball with WR Michael Gallup and a slew of good weapons for QB Nick Stevens to work with, but Oregon State has to prove it can start rocking against the run.
The Beavers have a nice linebacking corps, but this should be a balanced Colorado State attack that should be able to establish the tone early on with the ground game. The passing will be there, but owning time of possession for long stretches wouldn’t be a bad thing at home.
What’s Going To Happen
Oregon State will be better, stronger, and more efficient, but this Colorado State team is about to show off something special.
The Rams will get efficient, effective play out of the offense that’ll fight through a few rough patches early with a big start to the second half, while the defense will hold on for dear life late.
Both teams will look good, but this will be Colorado State’s big confidence boost to kick things off.
Oregon State vs. Colorado State Prediction
Final Score: Colorado State 27, Oregon State 23
Line: Colorado State -3.5, o/u: 61
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The early June preview and prediction was …
Welcome to the first look and picks for the biggest games of the 2017 college football season. These quick thoughts are being done in early June, with the real Fearless Prediction and expanded breakdown coming in August.
Early June First Thought: What’s Going To Happen?
The two teams played a tight battle with Colorado State pulling out a 17-8 win.
That made up for the 1962 Oregon State win over a Ram team that ended up winless, but this time around, this should matter a wee bit more.
This is a dangerous-looking Colorado State team with an offense that should be among the best in the Mountain West, and a good enough defense that should be able to hold down the Oregon State ground game.
The Beavers have to hope the passing game can start working under big new JUCO transfer bomber Jake Luton – or whomever is the starting QB – and they’re playing the secondary to get it all going.
It’s the start of a two-game Pac-12 run for the Rams – with the rivalry date against Colorado coming up next – with Oregon State having to fight though Portland State. However, if this is going to be a decent season for Gary Andersen and OSU, they’re going to have to survive in a likely shootout.
The Oregon State pass rush won’t do enough, and the secondary won’t stop QB Nick Stevens and WR Michael Gallup as they – and the rest of the Rams – get the taste of the bowl loss to Idaho out of their mouths.
Oregon State will run well, Colorado State will throw better.
Oregon State vs. Colorado State Early June Prediction
Colorado State 34, Oregon State 30
Early June Line
Colorado State -3
ATS Confidence: 2
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Must See Rating: 3
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