Stanford Cardinals at Oregon State Beavers
Date and Time: Saturday 10/26/13 at 10:30pm on ESPN
Game Line: Stanford -4 (from JustBet)
Saturday NCAA Football Analysis: Stanford is one of the best one loss team in the country according to the BCS, but Oregon State is a team trying to prove they’re worth behind the best passing attack in the country. Oregon State fell out of contention after losing to Eastern Washington 49-46 in the first week of the season, but have bounced back nicely winning 6 in a row. QB Sean Mannion leads the nation with 2,992 passing yards and has 29 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions. He racked up 481 yards and four scores in a 49-17 win over California last weekend. WR Brandin Cooks is a Heisman dark horse, leading the country in receptions, yards and touchdowns while also carrying the ball for 115 yards and another two touchdowns. He will be challenged by a Stanford defense that only allows 245 yards per game through the air and shut down a good UCLA offense last weekend. This is a definite case of strength vs strength and will make for an interesting match up to watch. There are several key injuries on the Stanford side to keep an eye on as this game gets closer. WR Devon Cajuste and DE Henry Anderson both have a chance to play and both are very uncertain for this game. Stanford will move the ball and score their share of points, this game hinges on how Oregon State’s passing attack will work against the best pass defense in the PAC 12.
Stanford at Oregon State Free NCAA Football Picks: Stanford -4 and under 56
Stanford at Oregon State Game Prediction: 29-24 Stanford
What to expect in this week 9 NCAA Football match up: Stanford will continue to prove they’re one of the best pass defenses in the country. They will also be able to run the ball with success to keep Oregon State from running as many plays as they’d like by short drives and quick punts. Stanford will control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, getting pressure with four defenders and running the ball effectively to set up the play action pass. Oregon State will score points, but not as many as they’re used to and they just don’t have a good enough defense to be that one sided offensively.