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Washington State vs. Oregon State - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oregon State Beavers (1-2) at Washington State Cougars (2-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm (Martin Stadium)

The Line: Washington State Cougars -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Networks

The Oregon State Beavers will travel to Martin Stadium to take on the 21st ranked Washington State Cougars this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Oregon State Beavers dropped to 1-2 on the season after being defeated by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 48-14, this past Saturday. Oregon State once again had no answers on the defensive end and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 34-14 margin with 1:34 left to play in the 3rd quarter. Oregon State was outgained by Minnesota by a 411-225 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for the Beavers was WR Jordan Villamin who had 3 receptions for 55 yards and a TD. On the season, Oregon State is averaging 25.3 ppg on 356.7 total yards per game (228.0 passing yds/g; 128.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oregon State has been led by Ryan Nall who has 2 TD’s and is averaging 68.3 rushing yds/g on 12.7 att/g. QB Jake Luton has completed 61.0% of his passes for 4 TD and 4 INT while averaging 224.7 passing yds/g. The main targets for Luton and the Beavers this season have been TE Noah Togiai (4.7 rec/g, 60.0 yds/g, TD), WR Jordan Villamin (3.3 rec/g, 44.0 yds/g, TD), and WR Isaiah Hodgins (4.3 rec/g, 39.3 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 46.0 ppg on 483.7 total yards per game (238.7 passing yds/g; 245.0 rushing yds/g). Oregon State has committed 10 turnovers on the season and currently have a turnover margin of -4.

Washington State vs. Oregon State - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 21st ranked Washington State Cougars made an improbable comeback and improved to 2-0 on the season after defeating the Boise State Broncos, 47-44 in 3 OT, this past Saturday. Washington State found themselves without their star QB and down 21 points in the 4th quarter but fought back to force OT and won it on a 22-yard TD reception by Jamal Morrow. Washington State outgained Boise State by a 455-401 margin and won the turnover battle by a 4-3 margin. Leading the way for the Cougars was QB Tyler Hilinski who completed 25 of 33 passes for 240 passing yards, 3 TD, and an INT after replacing Luke Falk who exited the game due to injury midway through the 3rd quarter. On the season, Washington State is averaging 39.0 ppg on 483.0 total yards per game (397.0 passing yds/g; 86.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State is led by Luke Falk who had completed 78.1% of his passes for 3 TD and 1 INT while averaging 252.0 passing yds/game. Washington State has multiple weapons at Falk’s disposal and has been led by RB (11.5 rec/g, 99.5 yds/g, 2 TD), WR Isaiah Johnson-Mack (6.5 rec/g, 66.0 yds/g), Renard Bell (4.5 rec/g, 55.5 yds/g), WR Kyle Sweet (5.5 rec/g, 52.5 yds/g), and Tavares Martin Jr. (6.0 rec/g, 41.0 yds/g, TD). Leading the way for the Cougars backfield has been the duo of Jamal Morrow (7.0 att/g, 55.5 yds/g, TD) and James Williams (11.5 att/g, 38.0 yds/g). Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 22.0 ppg on 272.0 total yards per game (132.5 passing yds/g; 139.5 rushing yds/g).

The Beavers are 7-1 ATs in their last 8 conference games however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Cougars are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.

It’s been a rough start for Gary Anderson and the Beavers as the Oregon State has had trouble protecting the football and hasn’t been able to slow down any opposing offense that they’ve faced. Washington State has an explosive offense however, could be in for a very good season if their defense can continue to improve as it has over the past couple of years. We’ll have to keep an eye out on the status of Luke Falk, however, even if Falk can’t go, I just don’t see the Oregon State defense being able to slow down the Cougars offense on the road. Take Washington State as I see the Cougars winning by at least 3 TD’s.   

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