Oregon State Beavers (1-0) vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (1-0)
The Oregon State Beavers head to Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California, to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs in Week 2 of the 2022 college football season. These two schools meet for the first time since 2003, and the Bulldogs have gone 2-1 straight up and ATS in their previous three encounters with the Beavers.
The bookies expect to see a tight clash, setting the Bulldogs as 1-point home favorites. Oregon State sits at -105 moneyline odds, while the totals are listed at 61.5 points.
The Beavers impressed in Week 1The Oregon State Beavers had a tough matchup at the start of the new season. They defeated Boise State 34-17 as slight 1.5-point home favorites, dominating the Broncos from start to finish. The Beavers had a 24-0 lead at halftime and finished the game with 470 total yards. On the other side of the ball, Oregon State held its rivals to 311 total yards while forcing a thumping five turnovers.
"Defensively, really pleased with the effort, physicality on both sides of the ball, and tackling and running and playing with energy," Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith said.
Junior QB Chance Nolan tossed for 251 yards and a couple of scores and picks against Boise State. He also had four carries for 28 yards. Nolan enjoyed a solid 2021 season (2,677 yards, 19 TD, 10 Int) and will look to improve this time around. He can count on a few talented playmakers including junior TE Luke Musgrave, who posted six catches for 89 yards and a TD in Week 1.
Last year, the Beavers went 7-6 and made it to the bowl season for the first time since 2013. They were scoring 31.2 points per game (44th in the country) while surrendering 25.8 in a return (61st).
The Bulldogs had an easy job in the openerThe Fresno State Bulldogs hosted the FCS Cal Poly Mustangs in Week 1. They didn’t break too much sweat in a 35-7 victory but failed to cover a huge 42-point spread. Senior RB Jordan Mims ran for a couple of touchdowns in the first quarter and added another score with a 19-yard catch in the third, while senior wideout Nikko Remigio posted nine receptions for 100 yards and had a pair of totes for 26 yards and a TD. Remigio spent the last four years with the California Golden Bears and should be a great addition to the Bulldogs’ receiving corps.
"I thought we performed pretty well at times, but we had too many penalties”, Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford said. “We have to learn how to keep the grind on. We were up 21-0 and then the flood gates opened with penalties. We put ourselves in bad situations and gave them plays. Those are discipline plays and we have to improve. I want to give Cal Poly credit. They played really well."
In his second coaching debut at Fresno State, Tedford started Jake Haener under center, and senior signal-caller completed 36 of his 42 passing attempts for 377 yards and two touchdowns. Haener was outstanding in 2021, throwing for 4,096 yards, 33 touchdowns, and nine interceptions, while the Bulldogs were tallying 33.4 points per contest (26th in the country).
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bulldogs returned both Jalen Cropper and Josh Kelly, and this WR duo combined for 1,676 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns in 2021. Jake Haener has a great connection with his playmakers, so I’m backing the Bulldogs to win straight up at -115 odds. You can ignore a 1-point spread and go with the money line odds.
Oregon State’s defense was terrific in Week 1, but the Beavers will have to deal with a much better passing game this time around. Their secondary has to prove its worth after surrendering 243.5 passing yards per game in 2021 (92nd in the nation).
Full-Game Total Pick
Fresno State owns a solid run D which ranked 23rd in the country in yards allowed per game last regular season (125.1). However, slowing down the Beavers’ rushing will be a tall task, so both teams should be able to move the ball and provide a high-scoring affair. As I’ve mentioned, the Bulldogs should torture the Beavers through the air.
The under is 4-1 in Oregon State’s last five outings, but the Beavers have scored 34 or more points three times during that stretch. On the flip side, the Bulldogs have hit a 30-point mark in each but one of their previous seven outings.