Oregon State at Washington Betting Spread & Pick
The biggest mismatch on the college football betting board on Saturday sure looks to be Oregon State at No. 5 Washington. It’s not just that the Huskies have looked dominant, but the Beavers will be without their top two quarterbacks and maybe their best running back. Thus UW is the biggest favorite of Week 8.
Oregon State at Washington Betting Spread, Pick & TV Info
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Why Bet on Oregon State?
The Beavers (2-4) come off a 19-14 loss to No. 21 Utah. The teams combined for only 614 yards of total offense on a blustery and sometimes rainy Saturday at Reser Stadium. Oregon State managed 55 yards of offense in the first half as the Utes went into the locker room with a 12-0 lead. The second half turned to the Beavers’ favor. While the defense held Utah to 88 total yards, the Oregon State offense tallied 242, including 143 on the ground.
Oregon State starting quarterback Darell Garretson will miss the remainder of the season with a broken ankle and backup Conor Blount will be out at least this week with a knee injury. The injuries to Garretson and Blount occurred on back-to- back possessions in the Beavers’ loss to Utah. The Beavers will turn to third-string sophomore Marcus McMaryion, who completed 5 of 9 passes for 76 yards off the bench against Utah.
McMaryion played in seven games last season and started the season finale against Oregon. The Beavers had hoped to redshirt true freshman Mason Moran, but he’s been elevated to the backup behind McMaryion. Last year’s starter Seth Collins, who started seven games, but has since moved to receiver is also an emergency option.
As it is, OSU ranks 123rd among the 128 FCS teams while averaging 146 passing yards per game. This Saturday the Beavers face a Washington defense that is the best in the Pac-12 and 13th nationally against the pass allowing 177.3 yards per game.
Meanwhile, top running back Ryan Nall is doubtful with a foot injury. The sophomore left the 19-14 loss during the Beavers' second drive of the game after he gained 32 yards on his only carry. The initial injury occurred the previous week in the fourth quarter of a 221-yard, three-touchdown performance against California, a game OSU won 47-44 in overtime.
Why Bet on Washington?
The Huskies (6-0) had last week off and crushed Oregon 70-21 the week before that. Jake Browning threw for 304 yards and a school-record six touchdowns and ran for two more scores as UW ended a 12-game losing streak against Oregon. Myles Gaskin ran for 197 yards and a touchdown for the undefeated Huskies, who have won nine straight games going back to last season. Dante Pettis caught eight passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, while John Ross had nine catches for 94 yards and three scores.
Through six games, Browning, a sophomore, has completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 1,418 yards and 23 touchdowns. Browning currently leads the NCAA FBS in passing efficiency (204.9) and in touchdown passes. His 23 touchdowns through the air are already the fifth most in UW single-season history and his career total of 39 ranks him fifth all-time.
Gaskin is second in the Pac-12 in rushing and Ross leads with 10 TD catches. UW leads the nation in completion percentage (.727), team pass efficiency (208.37), fumble recoveries (12), sacks (4.0 per game), turnover margin (2.17 per game) and are second in fewest interceptions (2) and both fewest turnovers (4) and most takeaways (17). Washington is also third in scoring offense and seventh in scoring defense. The Dawgs have yet to allow a point after a turnover this season while they've turned 17 takeaways into 66 points.
Washington holds a 62-34- 4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 20 of the last 28 meetings and 30 of the last 39, dating back to 1975. Last year in Corvallis, the Huskies won 52-7 as Browning threw four TD passes and Gaskin rushed for 127 yards.
Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Beavers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Washington.
Take the points in NCAA betting. That’s a ton and UW will get the starters out of there early.