Washington State Cougars (0-0) at Oregon State Beavers (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Reser Stadium)
The Line: Oregon State Beavers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington State Cougars and Oregon State Beavers meet Saturday in week 10 Pac-12 college football action at Reser Stadium as they get their 2020 college football seasons underway.
The Washington State Cougars are coming off a six-win season that ended with them losing seven of their last 10 contests. The Washington State Cougars have lost six of their last nine road games. True freshman Jayden de Laura will start at quarterback, a 3-star recruit who threw for 3,725 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior in high school. Washington State lost its top-three receivers, but Max Borghi returns after 86 receptions and five touchdowns while leading rusher Max Borghi is back after 817 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Jahad Woods returns after leading Washington State with 141 tackles, Will Rodgers III had four sacks and Skyler Thomas had four interceptions. The Washington State Cougars have a lot of question marks with an inexperienced quarterback, unproven weapons on offense and a new head coach in Nick Rolovich who comes from Hawaii. Washington State may have to lean on its defense until things settle in on the other side of the ball.
The Oregon State Beavers are coming off a five-win season that ended with them losing three of their last four games. The Oregon State Beavers have lost four of their last six home games. Tristan Gebbia returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,700 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 62 percent of his passes. Isaiah Hodgins, Champ Flemings and Kolby Taylor is a returning wide receiver trio that combined for more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. Jermar Jefferson should get more touches at running back after 685 rushing yards and eight touchdowns last season. Defensively, Avery Roberts returns after leading Oregon State with 83 tackles, Hamilcar Rashed Jr. had 14 sacks and Nahshon Wright had three interceptions. The Oregon State Beavers have to like their chances for a successful season, as they’ve improved their win total each of the last three years and have a lot of returning production on both sides of the ball. Oregon State may not get the same attention as other teams in the Pac-12, but there’s true potential with this years roster.
The Cougars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Beavers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 11-4 in Cougars last 15 road games. The over is 9-3-1 in Beavers last 13 games in November. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Oregon State. The road team is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings. The over is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
While we have no idea what to expect from teams that are making their season debuts in November, this line makes little sense. The Washington State Cougars have a new head coach and new faces across the board on offense, including a true freshman quarterback making his first career start on the road. Why Washington State is favored here has be scratching my head. The Oregon State Beavers have been a bottom feeder in the Pac-12 the last few years, but there's true potential this season with proven quarterback, playmakers on offense and a defense that can rush the passer and create takeaways. I would not sleep on Oregon State this season.
Either way, I'm not backing a true freshman on the road in his first start. Give me the Beavers and the points.