It is Washington who are getting all the press in the PAC 12 right now, thanks in large part to a 6-0 start that has contained some impressive victories. They are beginning to look as though they ae going to romp away with the North Division, but things are a little murkier in the South. The smart money at this point would be on the Utah Utes, as they are continuing their strong play of a 10-3 record last year by starting this season 5-1. They are the betting odds favorite for their weekend match-up versus the Oregon State Beavers, but it is worth remembering that the one slip that the Utes have had this season came in conference play against a far inferior California team. You never can tell what is going to happen in conference play, and these two teams have had some very tight games over the past few years. The South may become a little clearer after this weekend, but Oregon State are going to have something to say about that. Find the latest betting odds here.
In Depth Analysis On The Utes At Beavers College Football Winning Predictions
When: Saturday, October 15 at 4 PM EST
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis
TV: PAC 12 Network
Live Stream: NCAA Live
NCAAF Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Utah Utes
The Utah Utes had a nice bounce back game last week, beating Arizona 36-23 to ease the pain of the loss to California just a little. More often than not, it is the team that wins the turnover battle that wins the game, and the good news for Utah is that they have now gone 2 games in a row without an offensive turnover. The Beavers defense has only managed to get the ball away from their opponent once in their last 2 games, so the nod has to go to the Utes in that department. Utah has won this match-up over the last two seasons, and all 3 games played in Corvallis in recent years have gone UNDER the total. That would suggest that the Utes get the win in a low-scoring affair.
Why bet on the Oregon State Beavers
If Oregon State are going to spring the upset in this game, you feel that they are going to have to do it on the ground. The Beavers running game has tallied over 600 yards of offense in the last two games, including an astonishing 474 yards against California last week. That may be a little harder to do against a Utes team that has held teams to under 100 yards on two separate occasions this season, but you can bet that Oregon State are going to try and pound that rock. As mentioned earlier, turnovers could be the key here, and the Beavers have turned the ball over at least once in each of their 5 games this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think the best bet available here is the UNDER, as 5 of the 7 games that these two teams have played dating back to 1992 have hit that mark, including all 3 in Corvallis. I would also take the Utes straight up, and to cover.