Oregon State Beavers (1-6) at Colorado Buffaloes (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Folsom Field)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -24 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Oregon State Beavers will travel to Folsom Field to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this upcoming Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Oregon State Beavers lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 1-6 (0-4 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the California Golden Bears, 49-7, this past Saturday. It was an ugly performance on both sides of the ball for the Beavers and Oregon had no chance of fighting back in the game after the Golden Bears took a 28-0 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Oregon State was outgained by California by a 539-241 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Beavers was RB Artavis Pierce who had 44 rushing yards on 13 carries and 72 receiving yards on 5 receptions. On the season, Oregon State is averaging 28.0 ppg on 423.3 total yards per game (228.1 passing yds/g; 195.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oregon State has been led by the RB duo of Jermar Jefferson (18.9 att/g; 128.4 yds/g; 12 TD) and Artavis Pierce (10.8 att/g; 85.8 yds/g; 3 TD). Jefferson is currently questionable this Saturday due to a quadriceps injury. QB Conor Blount has completed 63.8% of his passes for 7 TD & 2 INT while averaging 151.3 passing yds/g. Both of the Oregon State top 2 QB in Blount and Jake Luton are questionable for this game due to injury. The top receivers for the Beavers have been Isaiah Hodgins (4.3 rec/g; 64.3 yds/g; 2 TD), Timmy Hernandez (4.9 rec/g; 55.1 yds/g; TD), and Trevon Bradford (4.5 rec/g; 49.5 yds/g; 4 TD). Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 47.3 ppg on 541.0 total yards per game (266.4 passing yds/g; 274.6 rushing yds/g).
The Colorado Buffaloes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 5-2 (2-2 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the 15th ranked Washington Huskies, 27-13, this past Saturday. Colorado played the Huskies tough on the road as they trailed by just a 17-13 margin entering the 4th quarter, however, couldn’t pull off the upset victory as they couldn’t fight back after Washington took a 24-13 lead with just 3:50 left in the 4th quarter. Colorado was outgained by Washington by a 351-263 margin however, did win the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. On the season, Colorado is averaging 31.7 ppg on 425.9 total yards per game (254.1 passing yds/g; 171.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado has been led by WR Laviska Shenault Jr. who had 6 receiving TD’s on the season while averaging 130.0 receiving yards on 10.0 receptions/game. Shenault has also been a threat in the running game as he has 5 rushing TD’s on the season however, he is currently questionable for this match-up after missing his last game due to a toe injury. QB Steven Montez has completed 69.3% of his passes for 12 TD & 4 INT while averaging 247.7 passing yds/g. Montez’s top targets outside of Shenault Jr. has been K.D. Nixon (4.7 rec/g; 51.7 yds/g; TD), Tony Brown (3.4 rec/g; 37.3 yds/g), and Jay MacIntyre (2.3 rec/g; 18.3 yds/g; 2 TD). Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 21.4 ppg on 351.4 total yards per game (205.4 passing yds/g; 146.0 rushing yds/g).
The Beavers are 2-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in October.
Oregon State has shown some life on the offensive end this season, especially in the rushing attack, however, the Beavers are extremely banged up right now as they might be down to their 3rd straight QB and without their best offensive player in Jermar Jefferson. Colorado is also battling a bunch of injuries on the offensive end as they might be without two of their top WR’s in Laviska Shenault Jr and Jay MacIntyre however, they have to be encouraged by the effort they displayed on the road agianst a good Washington team. Oregon State is getting a ton of points in this one however, I just don’t see the offense having success without Blount and Jefferson and as I think Colorado will still be able to put up a bunch of points against the Oregon State defense that ranks 128th in scoring defense, I’m taking Colorado to cover this large spread at home.