Oregon State Beavers 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds and Prediction

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Breaking Down the Oregon State Beavers Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Oregon State Beavers: 5.5 Wins -- Title Odds: 500/1

Oregon State had a fairly mediocre football campaign in 2019, finishing at 5-7 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-12. That left the Beavers in fourth place in the North Division and just out of bowl game eligibility. Oregon State is expected to contend for a bowl slot in 2020, and if all goes well they’ll be able to improve their standing in the conference also. Get Free College Football Picks and College Football Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place. 

Let’s take a closer look at Oregon State’s current status and break down their chances at becoming bowl-eligible this season. 

If you’re an optimist, 2019 was a solid campaign for the Beavers, comparatively speaking. Oregon State was projected to finish firmly in last place in the North Division, but the team tied for the second-best record there and outperformed Washington State and Stanford. The Beavers could only string together consecutive wins once during the season (both road games), but they also had a few near-misses—like 31-28 at Hawaii, 31-28 versus Stanford or 54-53 at Washington State—that would have put Oregon State over the bowl-game hump. 

This year marks the third for the main coaching crew at Oregon State: head coach Jonathan Smith, OC Brian Lindgren and DC Tim Tibesar. They’ll have some decisions to make regarding roster turnover, but the core of the Beavers team seems to be pretty talented. With QB Jake Luton gone, Tristan Gebbia and Chase Nolan will likely battle it out for the starting spot. Oregon State’s top receiver from last year Isaiah Hodgins (1,171 yards, 13 TDs, 86 catches) has moved on, and his output will be difficult to replicate. The Beavers will also lean on RB Jermar Jefferson, who showed some major promise last season before getting hit by the injury bug. 

There are certainly six wins on the schedule for Oregon State, but they’ll have to be on point for most of the season to get there. The Beavers start out with a tough trip to OK State, then get three (winnable) home games to finish out September. The real fun begins with road games at Arizona State and Washington, and November is a Pac-12 gauntlet with UCLA, Utah, Arizona and Oregon waiting to finish off the slate. 

Pick: I’m going to take the over, but just barely. Provided Oregon State can slot in a few new faces to cover some of the gap left by their departed impact players, the team should play well enough to become bowl-eligible this season. Granted, they’re probably going to have to get it wrapped up by the Oregon game, as that would be a tall order to have a bowl game riding on. I think the wins are there however; 6-7 victories seems about right for the 2020 Beavers. 

2020 Oregon State Beavers Football Schedule 

Day, Date                                  Opponent

Thursday, September 3             at Oklahoma State 

Saturday, September 12           Colorado State 

Saturday, September 19           Portland State 

Saturday, September 26           Washington State

Saturday, October 3                  at Arizona State 

Saturday, October 10                at Washington 

Saturday, October 17                OPEN 

Saturday, October 24                California 

Friday, October 30                     at Stanford  

Saturday, November 7               UCLA 

Saturday, November 14             at Utah  

Saturday, November 21             Arizona 

Saturday, November 28             Oregon 

Friday, December 4                    Pac-12 Championship

Andrew’s Pick Over 5.5 Wins

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.