2014 Week 8 College Football Picks: #20 Utah (-3) at Oregon State

Matchup: #20 Utah at Oregon State

Game Line: Utah -3, 53 at JustBet
Thursday, October 16th @ 10:30 pm (EST) on PAC-12 Network
Location: Corvallis, Oregon

Preview: The Utah Utes travel to Corvallis, Oregon to take on the Oregon State Beavers in a PAC-12 contest on Thursday night.

Utah is currently ranked 20th in the nation and in their last time out they upset the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles as double digit underdogs. They were led to victory by backup quarterback Kendal Thompson, son of former Oklahoma Sooner Charles Thompson. The Utes had a lot of success running the ball rushing for 242 yards, with Deontae Booker leading the way with 156 yards. The defense held the Bruins to just 137 yards on the ground and were strong on third down, holding the Bruins to just 5 of 12 3rd down conversions. The Utah defensive line did their job as well, sacking UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley 7 times and holding the star quarterback to just a 43 passer rating. Utah’s lone loss on the season was the week before the big win in LA, when the Washington State Cougars defeated them at home 30-28. The Oregon State Beavers are currently 4-1, suffering their only loss on the road to USC 35-10. They are led by senior quarterback Sean Mannion, who has completed 64% of his passes for 1304 yards and 5 touchdowns. Both running backs Terron Ward and Storm Woods each have 343 and 342 yards rushing respectively and are each averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Their defense has been decent, allowing 4.8 yards per play and 331 yards per play a game.

In last years contest between these two schools, Oregon State cam away victorious in Utah’s backyard, a tremendously hard place to play, let alone win. There is no word yet on who will be starting at quarterback for the Utes, but I see Utah getting payback here. It will be either Kendall Thompson, who brings versatility to the offense, or their starter Travis Wilson, who has missed time due to a neck injury. Wilson behind center makes the Utes more balanced, and I think that’s bad news for an Oregon State defense that hasn’t been impressive in their only conference game against USC. Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion has been sacked 12 times this season, and the the lack of protection can’t be good news for the Beavers with a Utah squad that can flat out get to the quarterback, averaging 5.6 sacks per game, 1st in the nation in that category. We’re not fooled by Oregon State’s record, as all of their wins have been against lesser opponents. I see the Utes getting some revenge in this one, they’ve had a week to settle down after the big win at UCLA, and will be eager to get back to business on Thursday night.

2014 Week 7 NCAA Football Picks: Utah -3, Under 53

Utah at Oregon State Score Prediction: Utah 28 – Oregon State 21

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