College Football action on Friday evening and a pair of teams from the Pac-12 Conference will square off as the Washington Huskies rumble with the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. These teams met last year and the Huskies won that game at home by a score of 42-23.
It has not been a great year for the Huskies so far. Yes, they are 5-4 overall but just 2-4 in league play. Washington usually challenges for the crown in the Pac-12 but that will not be the case this year. The Huskies enter this game off a 33-28 home loss to Utah and they have now lost their last two games in a row, with both losses coming at home. Washington has been led by their defense over the years, but it has been a weakness this year and they have allowed 68 points n their last two games. Will a game on the road help Washington focus and get back on track? We shall see.
While the Huskies have been going one way, the Beavers have been going the other way. Oregon State had just three combined wins the last two years and they have posted two wins or less in three of the last four years. Right now, they enter off a 56-38 road win over Arizona and it was their 2nd win in a row, with both coming on the road. Oregon State is now at 4-4 on the year and they are making a serious run at their first bowl game since 2013. Can the Beavers continue to surprise by pulling a big upset over the Huskies? You'll have to check back to find out.
The Huskies Are Going The Wrong WayThe Washington Huskies have been used to challenging for the Pac-12 title but this year that has not bn the case. The Huskies enter this game having lost their last two games in a row to fall to 5-4 overall and just 2-4 in league play. Strong defensive play has been a staple of the Huskies over the year, but they have struggled at times on that side of the ball. Washington will now be facing an Oregon State offense that has been hot of late. The Huskies have been even worse of late as they have allowed 68 points over their last two games. The pass defense has been their biggest issue as Washington ranks 73rd in the nation in that department, allowing 231.3 ypg through the air so far. Last week they lost 33-28 to Utah at home and the Huskies allowed the Utes to throw for 284 yards in the contest. The Beavers are 45th in the nation in passing.
The offense has been mediocre this year and that was not supposed to be the case as Jacob Eason came over from Georgia to take the reigns of the offense. He has a big arm and worlds of talent and while he has been solid overall, it just hasn't been enough. Eason has thrown just five INTs al year, but two of them came in last week's loss to the Utes and they were both costly. Eason had four TDs in the game and now has 20 on the year. Eason has hit 65.3% of his passes for 297 yards on the year and he has a shot at a big game against an Oregon State defense that ranks 100th in the nation against the pass.
Washington is 40th in the nation in passing but just 73rd in rushing and they could use more from their running game the rest of the way. Last week, the Huskies ran for just 53 yards against the Utes and 50th of those came from Salvon Ahmed, who leads the team in rushing with 712 yards. He will now take direct aim at an Oregon State defense that is 94th in the nation against the run. Washington still has a road game against Colorado and then a home game against Washington State left on their docket and while they are most likely to secure a bowl bid, the Huskies will not be a factor in the Pac-12 title chase.
Beavers Continue To SurpriseThe Oregon State Beavers had just three wins in their last two years and nine wins in their last four years. The most wins they have had over that stretch have been four and the Beavers haven't been to a bowl game since 2013 but that may all change this year. So far the Beavers have gone 4-4 overall and they are 3-2 within the Pac-12. Yes, they have a better league record than the Huskies do and a win here would be huge for this program. The Beavers enter this game off a couple of road wins over California and Arizona and they will now be going for their first three-game winning streak since 2014. The Beavers need this game and then next week's game at home against Arizona State or they may not make a bowl game as OSU finished the year with roadies against Washington State and Oregon.
The offense has been decent for OSU this year overall but last week it full-on exploded in a 56-38 road win over Arizona. The Beavers rolled up 572 yards of total offense in the game and 244 of them came on the ground while 328 came through the air. All teams would like to have those numbers and if the Beavers do that again, then they will have a good chance of pulling the upset here. Jake Luton threw for 328 yards with three TDs and no INTs and he could have another good game here as Washington is 73rd in the nation against the pass. The ground game was led by Artavis Pierce, who ran for 114 yards and a TD while Jermar Jefferson had 105 yards and three TDs. The Beavers are 45th in total offense and 40th in scoring putting up 33.6 ppg so far.
The defense for the Beavers has not been so good this year and they allowed 38 points, along with 526 yards of total offense. the Oregon State pass defense has been a mess this year and they allowed Arizona to throw for 378 yards in the game. Oregon State still won the contest but it was because of their offense and not their defense. The Beavers are 100th in the nation against the pass and that means Jacob Eason is licking his chops to get at this defense. If their pass defense doesn't improve for this one then it could be a long night for the Beavers.
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com Washington is:
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up loss
- 4-11 ATS in their last 15 conference games
Oregon State is:
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game