Arizona State vs. Oregon State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Game Time: 10:00 ET
Venue: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Network: Pac-12 Network
Oregon State (1-3) vs. Arizona State (2-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Oregon State Will Win
The Beaver defense has been a big, big problem so far, especially against the run. Fortunately, Arizona State doesn’t do much on the ground. Eno Benjamin is a great one, but outside of the opener against UTSA, the Sun Devils haven’t been able to find much punch.
They gave it a shot against Washington, and didn’t have a whole lot of luck. Against Michigan State and San Diego State, ASU averaged 1.5 yards per carry.
Oregon State’s defensive front isn’t MSU’s or SDSU’s, but it should be able to win its share of battles – at least, enough of them to force ASU to win through the air.
On the other side, Oregon State has been able to run well from time to time, but with Jake Luton hurting, it’s the passing of Conor Blount that might just somehow salvage the season. He’s hitting 66% of his throws with six touchdowns and a pick, but he’s not getting much going down the field.
Even so, he’ll go for at least 200 yards – he and the Beavers have to keep up the pace through the air.
One Reason Why Arizona State Will Win
No, ASU doesn’t have much of a ground game, but this would be the game to try unleashing one. Ohio State and Arizona combined for over 800 rushing yards on the Beavers – the Sun Devils have to at least give it a try.
But the key will be to simply not screw up. Oregon State can’t keep up and can’t come back if ASU gets up early. With a strong pass rush to go along with an offense that’s turned it over just two times, just get to Blount, don’t give up easy chances, and everything should be okay.
Or, just bomb away and assume the Beavers can’t do anything about it.
N’Keal Harry was held to just 20 yards on five catches against Washington. The star receiver hasn’t hit the 100-yard mark since the opener against UTSA, and this might be the game to do it.
Last year, he caught three passes for 68 yards in the win in Corvallis. He’ll get targeted at least ten times in Tempe.
What’s Going To Happen
Oregon State will get the offense going early, but the line won’t be able to handle the ASU pass rush.
Manny Wilkins and the passing game will bust out in the second quarter, and then the running attack will take over. Oregon State will win the time of possession battle, but it’ll get stopped time and again by a big play from the Sun Devil defensive front.
The two game Sun Devil slide stops here before going to Colorado.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Arizona State 38, Oregon State 17
Line: Arizona State -21.5, o/u: 63.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 2
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