Stanford Cardinal (5-2) at Oregon State Beavers (1-6)
College Football: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Reser Stadium)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers +20 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The 20th ranked Stanford Cardinal will travel to Reser Stadium to take on the Oregon State Beavers this Thursday night in College Football action.
The Stanford Cardinal improved to 5-2 (4-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon Ducks 49-7, on October 14th. Stanford jumped out to a quick 21-7 lead after the 1st quarter and used a strong defensive effort to never allow the Ducks back into the game. The Cardinal outgained the Ducks by a 504-309 margin and won the battle of turnovers by a 3-2 margin. Leading the way for Stanford was RB Bryce Love who carried the ball 17 times for 147 yards and 2 TD’s. On the season, the Cardinal are averaging 38.1 ppg on 456.7 total yards per game (198.0 passing yds/g; 258.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford has been led by RB Bryce Love who had 11 TD’s on the season and is averaging 198.1 yds/g on 19.3 att/g. QB Keller Chryst has completed 55.9% of his passes on the season with 7 TD and 3 INT while averaging 136.8 passing yds/g. WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (3.8 rec/g, 60.8 yds/g, 4 TD), WR Trenton Irwin (3.3 rec/g, 37.9 yds/g, TD), and TE (1.6 rec/g, 27.0 yds/g, TD) lead the way for the Stanford receivers. Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 22.0 ppg on 416.0 total yards per game (220.6 passing yds/g; 195.4 rushing yds/g). The Cardinal have forced 15 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +8.
The Oregon State Beavers fell to 1-6 (0-4 Pac-12) on the season after falling to the Colorado Buffaloes 36-33, on October 14th. Oregon State held a 33-29 lead with 4:22 left in the game, but the Beaver defense were unable to hold the lead as Colorado scored on a 13-yard TD pass from QB Steve Montez with just 1:34 left in regulation. The Beavers outgained the Buffaloes by a 569-385 margin however, lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for Oregon State was RB Ryan Nall who carried the ball 24 times for 172 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Beavers are averaging 21.3 ppg on 356.6 total yards per game (206.1 passing yds/g; 150.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oregon State is led by QB Jake Luton who has completed 61.5% of his passing on the season for 4 TD and 4 INT while averaging 213.3 passing yds/g. The Beavers pass catchers are led by WR Jordan Williams (3.0 rec/g, 36.1 yds/g, TD), TE Noah Togiai (3.5 rec/g, 38.7 yds/g, TD), and WR Isaiah Hodgins (3.3 rec/g, 33.3 yds/g, TD). The RB are led by Ryan Nall (14.3 att/g, 85.5 yds/g, 7 TD) and Artavis Pierce (6.9 att/g, 35.6 yds/g, TD). Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to an average of 43.7 ppg on 478.3 total yards per game (278.1 passing yds/g; 200.1 rushing yds/g). The Beavers have forced 10 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –8.
The Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 conference games. The Beavers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Stanford has won 4 straight games and has looked outstanding on both sides of the ball as of late as they’ve outscored their opponents during their current win streak by a 164-85 margin. Oregon State has won their last 2 games ATS after starting off the season 0-5 ATS, however, the Beavers haven’t been competitive much this year and is currently under a new head coach after Gary Anderson was let go prior to the Colorado game. Stanford has the best RB in the country in Bryce Love and as they ranked just 101st in rushing defense, I think the Cardinal do enough in this one to cover this large road spread. Take Stanford to cover.