Arizona vs. Oregon State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 22
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
Network: Pac-12 Network
Arizona (1-2) vs. Oregon State (1-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Arizona Will Win
And there we go.
Yeah, it was against Southern Utah, but finally, the Arizona offense started to look like it’s supposed to. Now it has to keep it all going against a porous Oregon State defense.
The stats are a little offensive thanks to the blowout loss to Ohio State, but that’s not the only issue overall – the Beaver D has the Pac-12’s worst run defense. OSU couldn’t hold up against Nevada last week, even though the Wolf Pack couldn’t hit half of their passes.
As long as the turnovers slow down, and if Khalil Tate is able to get off to a decent start, the Wildcats should be okay. This is a team that needs positive momentum to build off of, and against this OSU D, it should get it.
One Reason Why Oregon State Will Win
The Arizona defense has been a mess.
The offensive line was supposed to be the problem, and it hasn’t been great, but the issues on O overall have overshadowed the problems on D.
The Wildcats have come up with just one takeaway in the first three games, with the biggest issues coming against the run. BYU blasted away in key moments, and Houston went off – Arizona is giving up close to five yards per carry with eight scores.
The Beaver ground game had a strangely bad performance against Nevada, but it rolled through Southern Utah for 360 yards and worked okay against Ohio State.
The talent is there to pull off a 200-yard day, and be effective at moving the chains along the way.
Outrush Arizona, beat Arizona.
What’s Going To Happen
Can Oregon State take advantage of the home date to push Arizona back into its losing ways? The offense won’t be effective enough.
There’s just not enough of a passing game to balance things out. Arizona’s defense might not be anything special, but it’ll be just good enough against an OSU offense that can’t move the chains to come up with key stops.
Khalil Tate won’t go back to being Khalil Tate quite yet, but he’ll put up a 300-yard passing game to carry the Cats to a second straight win.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Arizona 34, Oregon State 30
Line: Arizona -6, o/u: 75.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 2.5
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