Oregon State vs. Oklahoma State - 9/3/20 Early Look College Football GOY Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oregon State vs. Oklahoma State - 9/3/20 Early Look College Football GOY Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State Beavers (0-0) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (0-0)

College Football: Thursday, September 3, 2020 (Boone Pickens Stadium)

The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -16.5

The Oregon State Beavers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys meet Thursday, September 3 in college football action from Boone Pickens Stadium. 

Oregon State put up a disappointing football campaign in 2019, going 5-7 overall and 4-5 in Pac-12 play. That left the Beavers in fourth place in the North Division and out of luck on a bowl bid. As for Oklahoma State, they fared better at 8-5 overall and 5-4 in the Big 12. The Cowboys finished third in the conference standings and earned an invite to the Texas Bowl, where they fell in a tough one to Texas A&M 24-21.Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

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Let’s take a closer look at both teams and see if we can get an idea of how things might play out when the Beavers meet the Cowboys on September 3. 

Oregon State’s 2019 campaign was pretty bumpy the whole year. The Beavers started out at just 1-3 (with a couple of close 31-28 losses in there), and were only able to win consecutive games once during the season—at California and at Arizona. In retrospect, Oregon State could pretty easily have clinched a bowl bid if not for a trio of close losses during the season, all by three points or fewer. In any case, 2020 brings the third season of head coach Jonathan Smith. He and the coaching staff will have some work to do when it comes to replacing important offensive names like Jake Luton, Isaiah Hodgins and Artavias Pierce. There’s a potential QB replacement in Tristan Gebbia however; he completed 63 percent of his passes last season in limited action. 

Over on the Oklahoma State side, they finished a couple of spots above projections in the Big 12 last season, but the bowl game loss does sting. Things started out well for the Cowboys in 2019, as they rolled to a 4-1 start and were ranked as high as No. 21 at different points in the season. Oklahoma State really didn’t fare too well against the elite competition they faced, but played well enough overall outside of the bowl loss. Moving on to 2020, Oklahoma State gets Mike Gundy back in his 16th season and a new OC in Kasey Dunn. That crew will try to work on some better offensive consistency, as Oklahoma State is just 2-8 over the last two season when they score 31 points or fewer—and there are a lot of shootouts in this conference. 

Pick: I like Oklahoma State to come out strong here, so I’m leaning that way as an early-look pick. The Cowboys have some retooling to do on their offensive line, but they do retain some skill position talent that’s among the best in the country. Chuba Hubbard should have another monster year, and once the offense gets adjusted to the new scheme, things should run smoothly. 

As for Oregon State, they should be decent this year, but considering the fact that they’ve got a lot of talent to replace after a really weird offseason, it may take a few games for the team to get going. If the line inflates much more I’ll probably revisit this one, but right now I feel pretty good about Oklahoma State on the cover. 

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Andrew’s Pick Oklahoma State Cowboys -16.5

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