playMGM LINE: Oklahoma State -14, o/u: 72
ATS PICK: Oklahoma State
Sometimes in Week 1 you just make a pick because it feels right and assume that nothing massive has changed.
Oregon State should be a whole lot better and stronger in Year Two under head coach Jonathan Smith. It should find its way to at least four wins, it’ll come up with an upset or three, and it should be far more competitive and dangerous …
This is still a Beaver program that allowed 34 points or more in every game against an FBS team last season. It lost its last four games last season by more than 14 points in each one, and lost nine games by more than two touchdowns.
Oklahoma State’s offense is going to be good enough to throw 45ish points on the board – it’s going to be ready for a shootout right away – and it’s asking for way too much for the Beavers to keep up, even at home.
But you’re worried that a Mike Gundy team might struggle a bit with such a fish-out-of-water non-conference game away from Stillwater … whatever.
He has won three straight bowl games, and two years ago his Cowboys whacked Pitt on the road by 38.
Assume a shootout, and assume OSU – the Big 12 version – rolls.