Washington State vs. Oregon State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
Network: Pac-12 Network
Washington State (4-1) vs. Oregon State (1-4) Game Preview
One Reason Why Washington State Will Win
It just doesn’t stop.
Washington State always throws well, but Gardner Minshew has been nothing short of extraordinary for the offense with three 400-yard games and two 300-yarders in the first five contests. Out of the five games, he’s thrown three touchdown passes in four of them, including in a 445-yard day against Utah for a 28-24 win.
Oregon State’s biggest issue is against decent running games – Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin is still going after coming with over 300 yards on the ground last week – but it’s not above getting torched through the air, either.
Ohio State and Southern Utah combined for 646 yards in the first two games, and the Beaver D can pivot back to being mediocre against good passing attacks in a hurry.
Not helping the OSU cause is a Wazzu defense that’s playing even better than the other side of the ball, ranking ninth in the nation in total defense allowing just 277 yards per game.
One Reason Why Oregon State Will Win
So what can Oregon State do right lately? Welcome to freshman Jermar Jefferson.
He ran for 238 yards and four scores against Southern Utah early in the season, but that’s Southern Utah. Against Arizona State last week, it ripped off 254 yards and two scores, averaging over eight yards per pop.
Utah was able to run for over 200 yards against the Cougars last week, and it managed to keep the game close. USC abandoned its miserable ground game after one drive the week before – but it was a productive scoring drive to start the game.
Jefferson has to be fed the ball early on, and he has to keep control of the game against a Cougar offense that doesn’t get off the field.
On top of everything else, Wazzu leads the Pac-12 in time of possession.
What’s Going To Happen
Is this where the Washington State inexplicable clunker comes?
Not against the second-worst defense in college football.
Oregon State can and will move the ball a bit, and it’s starting to find a few things that work under new head coach Jonathan Smith, but Minshew and the Cougar offense are too good right now.
Expect another 400-yard passing day, and another win for a Washington State team that needs to be talked about as a Pac-12 title contender.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Washington State 40, Oregon State 24
Line: Washington State -17, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 2
5: First Man
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