Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#169 Oregon State 74.5 vs.
#170 Washington State -10.5
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino



#169 Oregon State University
#170 Washington State University


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The Washington State Cougars will host the Oregon State Beavers in a Pac-12 showdown Saturday night from Martin Stadium. The Beavers earned a 35-34 home win against Arizona State in their previous tilt, and the Cougars crushed Stanford 49-22 in their latest action. The Cougars logged a 56-37 road win against Oregon State last season.

Oregon State One Victory Away from Bowl Eligibility

The Oregon State Beavers are playing their best football of the season. The Beavers have won three out of their last four games to climb to second place in the PAC-12 North with a 4-3 conference record. They are also only one win away from bowl eligibility. Jake Luton should post another productive performance against a poor pass defense in this one. The senior QB registered 288 passing yards with four TD’s last week. Luton has collected 2306 passing yards with a stellar 23:2 TD to INT ratio on the year.

Artavis Pierce has averaged less than four yards per rush in three out of his last four games. The senior RB does have the ability to break through for big yards, and he has 790 rushing yards on the year. Isaiah Hodgins is by far the Beavers’ most productive receiver. The junior wideout has racked up 73 receptions for 2021 receiving yards but he is relied upon heavily as Champ Flemings is second with only 325 yards. The Beavers offense is their greatest team strength.

The Oregon State defense will give up points. They stand 100th against the pass and look for them to have big issues containing the Cougars passing game. The Beavers are also pegged down at 89th against the run. Shemar Smith, who is one of the Beavers' best linebackers, remains questionable with an ankle injury after missing the last three games. Oregon State is scoring an average of 31.1 points, ranking them 54th overall. They are conceding 31.2 points, placing them 95th in the FBS. The Beavers feature a 3-1 road record.

Washington State Stomps Stanford for Second Pac-12 Win

The Washington State Cougars are one victory away from bowl eligibility. The Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak with a convincing 49-22 home win against Stanford last week to lift their conference record to 2-5. QB Anthony Gordon has led WSU to the #1 ranked passing offense in the entire FBS. The senior QB is having a phenomenal season, recording over 400 passing yards in all but two games this season, and he leads the country with 4314 passing yards and a dazzling 39:11 TD to INT ratio.

The Cougars obviously do not run often as a result of their passing offense but still feature a dangerous RB in Max Borghi. The sophomore RB accrued 111 rushing yards last week and he has 696 rushing yards on an average of 6.9 yards per attempt.

Washington State features two of the best receivers in the PAC-12 in Brandon Arconado and Easop Winston Jr. who have combined for just under 1700 receiving yards on the season. Arconado is coming off a big 148-yard performance. The Cougars have eclipsed 40 points three times in conference play.

The Washington State defense has landed them in trouble this season. They have squandered at least 37 points four times in PAC-12 action. The Cougars were solid against a poor Stanford offense last week. They rank 118th against the pass and 85th against the run. Washington State is averaging 40.3 points, good for ninth in the FBS. They are allowing an average of 29.3 points, positioning them 80th overall. The Cougars own a 4-1 home record.

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I expect a decisive home win from Washington State. The Cougars feature the #1 passing game in the country led by Anthony Gordon who has piled up a stunning 4314 passing yards on the season. This is bad news for Oregon State as they are exploited in the air in most games. Their pass defense ranks down at 100th in the FBS, so look for Gordon to post more spectacular numbers in this one.

Furthermore, Oregon State has an inconsistent offense that is not reliable. The Beavers have scored 21 or fewer points in three out of their last five games overall. They have a strong passing game but their #1 RB Artavis Pierce has averaged less than four yards per rush attempt in three out of his last four games. The  Cougars defense hasn’t been great but they should do enough to allow them to cover the points.

Prediction: Washington State Cougars

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This game should evolve a PAC-12 shootout. The Cougars offense among the best in the PAC-12 and they usually thrive on their home field. Washington State has averaged 51 points in their last three home games which were all against conference opponents. The over is a convincing 6-0 in the last six meetings between these rivals.

In addition, Beavers’ QB Jake Luton should lead his team to multiple scoring drives. He owns a 9:1 TD to INT ratio in his last four games and the Cougars pass defense stands down at 118th in the FBS. The over is 14-3 in the Beavers’ last 17 road games.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Washington State team total is another play I recommend. The Washington State offense is tough to neutralize due to Anthony Gordon. The talented QB has proven he can solve any defense. He even managed over 400 passing yards against Oregon and has accumulated over 1300 passing yards in his last three games alone. Oregon State’s biggest defensive flaw is their pass defense and I just don’t see them having an answer for Gordon.

Prediction: Washington State Team Total Over

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I expect the Cougars to make a statement in the opening half. Oregon State’s defense is an issue in the opening half. They are placed down at 102nd in the FBS with an average of 18.2 points against. The Cougars consistently generate points in the first half and especially at home where they have averaged a sizzling 29 points in the opening half this season.

Prediction: Washington State

Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.