Washington State Cougars (4-1) at Oregon State Beavers (1-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Reser Stadium)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers +16 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington State Cougars will travel to Reser Stadium to take on the Oregon State Beavers this upcoming Saturday night in College Football action.
The Washington State Cougars improved to 4-1 (1-1 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Utah Utes, 28-24, this past Saturday. In what was a tight back and forth game in which neither team led by more than seven points, Washington State was able to pull off the victory after an 89-yard TD pass from Gardner Minshew II to Easop Winston Jr. gave the Cougars a 28-24 lead with just 4:41 left in the 4th quarter. Washington State outgained Utah by a 445-332 margin however, did lose the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. On the season, Washington State is averaging 39.0 ppg on 476.6 total yards per game (410.4 passing yds/g; 66.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State has been led by Gardner Minshew II who has completed 67.8% of his passes for 14 TD & 4 INT while averaging 398.4 passing yds/g. The top targets for the Cougars and Minshew II have been Dezmon Patmon (4.8 rec/g; 69.4 yds/g; 2 TD), Easop Winston Jr. (4.4 rec/g; 65.4 yds/g; 5 TD), Davontavean Martin (6.4 rec/g; 64.2 yds/g; 4 tD), and Jamire Calvin (4.6 rec/g; 51.8 yds/g). The Cougars backfield is led by RB James Williams who has 5 rushing TD’s and is averaging 40.8 rushing yds/g on 10.8 att/g. Williams has also been a huge threat in the passing game as he has 2 receiving TD’s and is averaging 41.0 receiving yds/g on 5.6 rec/g. Defensively, Washington State is allowing their opponents to average 21.2 ppg on 274.0 total yards per game (151.4 passing yds/g; 122.6 rushing yds/g).
The Oregon State Beavers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 1-4 (0-2 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Arizona State Sun Devils, 52-24, this past Saturday. The defense was non-existent once again for the Beavers and couldn’t fight back Arizona State took a 38-17 lead with 11:13 left in the 3rd quarter. Oregon State was outgained by a 558-406 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Beavers was RB Jermar Jefferson who had 254 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on 31 carries. On the season, Oregon State is averaging 30.4 ppg on 445.0 total yards per game (246.0 passing yds/g; 199.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oregon State has been led by RB Jermar Jefferson who has 8 TD’s on the season while averaging 145.4 rushing yds/g on 21.0 att/g. QB Conor Blount has completed 64.8% of his passes for 7 TD & 1 INT while averaging 170.4 passing yds/g. The top receiving targets for the Beavers have been Isaiah Hodgins (4.6 rec/g; 72.4 yds/g; 2 TD), Timmy Hernandez (5.2 rec/g; 55.8 yds/g; TD), and Trevon Bradford (4.0 rec/g; 48.8 yds/g; 4 TD). Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 45.2 ppg on 543.6 total yards per game (240.2 passing yds/g; 303.4 rushing yds/g).
The Cougars are 6-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS n their last 5 conference games. The Beavers are 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 games in October however, are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss.
Washington State picked up a nice conference win against Utah and has been very successful this season on the offense end with their “Air Raid” attack as the Cougars currently rank 1st in all of College Football in passing offense. Oregon State has also shown some promise on the offensive end as they rank 46th in total offense, however, the Beavers have really struggled on the defensive end as they rank just 129th (out of 130) in total defense. Oregon recently loss by 21 at home agianst an Arizona team who I don’t think is anywhere near the level of offense that the Cougars and as I just don’t see how the Beavers will slow Gardner Minshew II and the Cougars passing attack, I’m taking Washington State to cover this large road spread.