Oregon State Beavers
(5-5, 6-3-1 ATS)
(10-1, 6-4-1 ATS)
The Oregon State Beavers are badly looking for just one more victory to capture a spot in a bowl game, but they have their work cut out for them in this one, as they have a date with the Stanford Cardinal down on “The Farm” on Saturday night.
The poor Beavs have easily played the hardest schedule in the nation, as there is a reasonable chance at the end of the season, that they would have played four of the Top 5 ranked teams in the country, and we haven’t even mentioned games against teams like the USC Trojans, Cal Golden Bears, and Arizona Wildcats, and Louisville Cardinals. Still, losing games against the UCLA Bruins and Washington State Cougars to start the month of November might prove to be awfully costly for a program that is just dying to find one more ‘W’. Without his brother available for most of the season, RB Jacquizz Rodgers has had a hard time making headway. The junior has rushed for 1,024 yards and 14 scores on the campaign, but these numbers really pale in comparison to what we figured we would see from one of the most explosive rushers in the nation. QB Ryan Katz has done his job this year, as he has taken care of the football and has only thrown five picks on the campaign. He has 1,976 yards and 16 TDs as well in his first year calling the shots in Corvallis.
Is Stanford playing for a berth in the BCS? One would tend to believe that this is the case, especially considering the fact that there is probably still a lot of calamity due to happen between now and the end of the year for the other prospective BCS teams. The Cardinal just continue to roll offensively, and they are averaging 40.5 points per game on the campaign. Their one dud came against the top team in the country, the Oregon Ducks, and there is certainly no shame in that loss in Eugene. QB Andrew Luck is rounding into the top choice in next year’s NFL Draft, as he is completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 2,740 yards with 24 TDs against just seven picks. He also has 445 yards and three TDs on the ground and could be a Heisman Trophy finalist with a ‘W’ in this one. RB Stepfan Taylor is 92 yards short of 1,000 for the year, and he has found the end zone 14 times. WR Doug Baldwin has had a nice year, catching 51 passes for 727 yards and seven scores.
The Cardinal certainly have the better team in this game, but this one isn’t coming without a fight. Oregon State is every bit as good as every team that it runs up against in this conference, even without WR James Rodgers in there. The Beavers won’t win on “The Farm,” but they will find a way to keep this one within a TD or so on the eve of the huge Civil War.
College Football Free Pick: Oregon State Beavers +13.5