Oregon State vs. Stanford fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 10
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Network: Pac-12 Network
Oregon State (2-7) vs. Stanford (5-4) Game Preview
One Reason Why Oregon State Will Win
There’s still no Stanford running game, and there’s still not enough of an offense to worry too much about.
The Beavers have a whole slew of problems, and stopping the run has been the biggest issue. That’s not a problem this week.
Oregon State has a major problem getting behind the line, and it isn’t tough enough up front, but that’s not going to be an issue. With Bryce Love just never healthy, and with the line not doing its job, the Cardinal can’t get anything going, failing to run for more than 130 yards against anyone but USC in the second game of the season.
It ran for just 159 yards.
Stanford is going to throw – because that’s what it has to do – and that’s what Oregon State might like. It has a passing game now, and it has a shot if this gets going in a firefight.
Jake Luton came on against Colorado and pulled off the win with 310 yards and three touchdowns. Last week, the Beavers lost to USC, but Luton was solid, hitting 69% of his throws for 301 yards.
Get ready for a firefight, which means …
One Reason Why Stanford Will Win
KJ Costello, keep it all going.
One of the big positives out of the Stanford season that’s falling into the abyss – losing four of the last five games – is the emergence of Costello as an elite passer. He’s not getting the hype of Justin Herbert, and he might not be as big a name in the conference as Jake Browning, but he’s been fantastic.
With three 300-yard games over the last four, he’s been able to bomb away to make up for the lack of a running game – but now he has to slow down with the interceptions, giving away three last week and nine overall. Even without JJ Arcega-Whiteside to throw to – he’s out with an ankle injury – the passing attack should work.
That’s not a problem against an Oregon State defense that doesn’t take the ball away, and doesn’t come up with picks.
Two. That’s how many interceptions the Beavers have generated, and none of them have come in the last six games. They’ve allowed 16 touchdown passes over that span.
What’s Going To Happen
Oregon State will put some points on the board by keeping the passing attack moving, but it won’t be nearly enough. At home, Stanford will actually come up with a little bit of offensive balance against a Beaver defense that can’t stop much of anything.
Yeah, Stanford has been on a rough run, but it’s also faced a brutal schedule. Up until now, the Cardinal have the No. 1 worst slate.
Now it gets a break, and it’s going to play like it.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Stanford 40, Oregon State 14
Line: Stanford -24, o/u: 59.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2
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