Oregon State vs. Washington State Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

Oregon State vs. Washington State Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Oregon State vs. Washington State Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Oregon State vs. Washington State fearless prediction and game preview.


Oregon State vs. Washington State Broadcast

Date: Saturday, November 23
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Pac-12 Network
Network: Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

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Why Oregon State Will Win

On a terrific run of three wins in the last four games, the Beavers are a win away from going bowling – seemingly unthinkable two months ago.

How is this all happening?

The defense is cranking up one of the Pac-12’s best pass rushes – it leads the league in tackles for loss – and the offense has found something in each of the recent wins that worked.

It was the D that took over in the win over Cal a month ago that started this run, and it was the passing game that rocked Arizona in a stunning blowout in Tucson a week later.

When Jake Luton and the air show works, this becomes a balanced, effective team that can do a little of everything right.

The key is the ability to work the passing attack down the field and spring big things to the targets on the move. If that works, everything else falls into place. It’s what OSU is 3-1 – only losing in a fun battle with Stanford – when it averaged eight yards or more per pass.

The Washington State secondary allowed 8.6 yards per throw, including getting bombed on by Stanford for over 500 yards and ten yards per pass in last week’s game. However …

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Why Washington State Will Win

Wazzu is used to getting into battles with lots and lots and lots of passing.

Yeah, Davis Mills of Stanford threw for 504 yards and three touchdowns last week.

And Anthony Gordon threw for 520 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-22 Cougar win.

For all the good things the Oregon State defense does to get into the backfield and hit the quarterback, it’s not helping out the pass D enough. There are way too many big plays allowed, there aren’t enough big plays from the secondary, and the defense is a rumor most of the time on third downs.

Washington State tends to lose when it stops itself. It lost in a wild firefight with Arizona State, but other than that, the other four losses came in the only four games when it lost the turnover battle.

Those losses were the only times all season when the Cougars turned it over two times or more – 12 of the 16 turnovers on the season were in those games – and Oregon State doesn’t do much to force mistakes.

The Beavers are brilliant at not screwing up – they lead the nation in fewest turnovers with a mere four – but they’ve only picked off five passes on the season.

What’s Going To Happen

The winner of this game goes bowling, and the loser will have a rough time getting to six wins with Wazzu playing Washington next week and Oregon State finishing up with Oregon.

Washington State is a different team at home.

There was the meltdown over the final 19 minutes against UCLA. That’s the only blemish in a 4-1 season in Pullman. In the final home game of the season, the Cougars go out with a win in a terrific game with more than 700 yards or passing and a whole lot of big plays from both sides.

Like it was last week against Stanford, Wazzu’s passing game will be a wee bit better.

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Oregon State vs. Washington State Prediction, Line

Washington State 37, Oregon State 30
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Washington State -11.5, o/u: 76.5
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ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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