Oregon State visits Utah after just barely losing to USC at home last weekend. Utah is coming off a road win against Arizona State where they won easily. Oregon State beat Utah last year also for their only Pac-12 loss, which sets this up for an interesting matchup. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Oregon State vs. Utah Odds
Utah is a 10.5-point favorite at home and is also at -380 money line. the over/under is at 56.5 too. Utah being favored by that much makes sense because Oregon State might be in store for a letdown after an emotional game last week, and also the fact that Utah is at home helps the case for that spread as well. The total actually makes sense too because Utah should be able to score a decent amount of points and Oregon State should too, even after struggling against USC.
Oregon State vs. Utah Prediction & Pick
The pick: Utah -10.5
Utah is right next to USC as the best chance for the Pac-12 to get a team in the College Football Playoff, and Oregon State gets both teams back-to-back. This pick has a big factor of the Beavers just having a letdown type of game. Utah has rebounded very well since losing to Florida in a very heartbreaking way in Week 1. They’ve rattled off three straight wins and all three haven’t been close. Utah did just lose one of their tight ends for the year, which could effect how the offense looks overall because they are so reliant on the tight end position in that offensive system.
The Beavers have been nothing but consistent, so far on the season, but they looked very sloppy against USC, especially with turnovers. The Beavers can’t be sloppy against Utah because the Utes are a team that will take advantage of those mistakes. Utah also seems like they are on a mission to win out, ever since they lost that game against Florida to start the year. Also, both of these offenses are very good, but don’t expect a shootout here. Utah’s bread and butter is on the defensive side of the ball. On the other end, Oregon State’s defense stepped up big time last week, but it might be too much to ask for them to do that again. Take the Utes here it’s a prime spot for a letdown for the Beavers.
Oregon State vs. Utah Key Matchups
Will the Oregon State run defense be able to stop Tavion Thomas? Is their offensive line good enough to slow down this Utah front? Check out the key matchups and mismatches for Oregon State vs Utah below.
Tavion Thomas vs the Oregon State Rushing Defense
Tavion Thomas is Utah’s best player on offense and he’s also their primary focus on offense. The Utes are built around Thomas running the ball, at the core of their offense. He’s gotten 61 carries this year, while going for 282 yards and four touchdowns. Oregon State’s rushing defense has not been great so far, and they are allowing 151 rushing yards a game. The most rushing yards they have allowed so far was last week against USC at 178 yards on the ground. If Thomas has a good or even great game, then Utah has a chance to run away with this game.
Oregon State Offensive Line vs Utah Front Seven
Oregon State has based their whole offense around the blocking up front from their line. They have a creative offense that is based around the line’s run-blocking and also their pass-blocking being very solid. The Utah defense will be a different type of test for this group. The defense as a whole has had nine sacks on the year so far, and will no doubt cause issues for the Beavers quarterback, Chance Nolan, in this game. Utah has made its name under Kyle Whittingham with defense, and this year is no different. This is a matchup that might go under the radar, but it could easily decide this game.
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