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.
The Oregon State Beavers are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Washington State.
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 November games.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are as follows: The Washington State Cougars are:
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- 14-4 ATS in their last 18 home games.
- 24-10 ATS in their last 34 games following an ATS win.