Minnesota vs. Oregon State Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Minnesota vs. Oregon State fearless prediction and game preview.
Minnesota (1-0) vs. Oregon State (1-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9th
Game Time: 10:00 pm ET
Venue: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
Okay, Minnesota. You came out of the tunnel with a ton of fire, a ton of excitement, and a whole lot of promise in P.J. Fleck’s first game at the helm, and then ….
Pfffffffft. The air came out of the ball in an ugly, dull performance against Buffalo. It was a 17-7 win, but it wasn’t exactly splashy.
Okay, Oregon State. You got your doors blown off/run over by Colorado State to start the season, and the Portland State win was less than scintillating.
Now, with the Pac-12 looking far better than it was last year, conference play might be tough – the Beavers need to win this with a rough road ahead.
Head coach Gary Andersen could use a win over a good-looking Big Ten team that should end up going bowling.
It doesn’t matter who it looks as long as Oregon State gets the win. But for Minnesota, with a winnable date against Middle Tennessee up next before hosting Maryland, a win here could lead to a good early run.
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
Oregon State really, really can’t stop the run.
After being powered over by a Colorado State team that could only manage three points a week later in the loss to Colorado, Portland State powered at will running for almost 300 yards. QB Jalani Eason took off for big yards, Za’Quan Summers tore off big runs in chunks, and the Beavers had a nightmare of a time putting the game away.
Minnesota might not have a high-powered passing game, but it can grind as well as just about anyone.
Buffalo loaded up and did a great job against the 1-2 punch of Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks, but the emergence of Demry Croft – who hit 7-of-11 passes and ran for 32 more – in the quarterback rotation gave the Gophers another option.
One Reason Why Oregon State Will Win
The Gophers had problems with one really tall quarterback, and now they have to deal with another.
Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson came up with a few brilliant throws, but the rest of the team didn’t give him a whole lot of help.
Oregon State’s Jake Luton might have problems throwing picks, but he bounced back from a rough finish against Colorado State to come up with a good performance against Portland State.
Oregon State has the potential to throw against Minnesota, but Minnesota might have the potential to throw against Oregon State.
If Ryan Nall and the Beaver running game can get going, the Beavers might be able to get up early at home. If that happens, and Minnesota has to mount any sort of a comeback, it’s uh-oh time for the Flecksters.
What’s Going To Happen
Oregon State will be fine at times, but it won’t have the ball.
Minnesota will grind, and grind, and grind, and grind, as the running game that didn’t work last week kicking in and producing with solid performance.
The Gophers will win the time of possession battle, will be even in turnovers, and will come away with a win in an uggo – look elsewhere for aesthetics.
Minnesota vs. Oregon State Prediction
Minnesota 23, Oregon State 20
Oregon State -2, o/u: 52.5
5: 4th Quarter Josh Rosen – 1: 1st Quarter UCLA fans … 3
Must See Rating
5: Logan Lucky – 1: The Mayor … 2.5