Oregon State vs. Southern Utah fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
Network: Pac-12 Network
Oregon State (0-1) vs. Southern Utah (0-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Southern Utah Will Win
The Thunderbird passing game has the upside and the playmakers to bomb away. Chris Helbig threw for 316 yards and two scores in the tough 34-30 loss to North Alabama, and the ground game helped the cause – the O worked.
Just how shellshocked is Oregon State?
It’s not like it’s going to be looking ahead to Nevada, but after last week’s issues in the 77-31 blowout loss, can the defense handle a Southern Utah team that will put the pressure on from the start?
There’s just enough offensive balance to give the Beavers a problem – or, at least, keep up the pace for a while.
One Reason Why Oregon State Will Win
Southern Utah will look like it’s going at half-speed compared to Ohio State. Oregon State won’t get ripped to shreds with big play after big play.
Lost in the blowout to the Buckeyes was the Beaver offense – it actually worked.
It couldn’t come close to hanging around, but Artavis Pierce ripped off an 80-yard run, Conor Blount was able to put the passing game around a little bit, and in all, the 31 points might be as many as anyone hangs on the Ohio State defense all season long.
North Alabama threw for 350 yards and three scores on the Thunderbirds. Oregon State will be able to open it up, too.
What’s Going To Happen
Southern Utah has an offense, and it’s going put up some nice numbers to keep this from being brutally ugly. But Oregon State is about to get its groove on.
The Beavers will come up with 500 yards of total offense with a balanced attack that starts to control things with the tempo that new head man Jonathan Smith wants.
It’ll be a fun game, and it’ll be an easy game for OSU in the second half.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Oregon State 41, Southern Utah 21
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