Arizona State at Oregon State odds, picks and prediction
The Arizona State Sun Devils (1-2 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) meet the Oregon State Beavers (2-4, 2-4) Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. Below, we analyze the Arizona State-Oregon State college football betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.
Arizona State at Oregon State: Three things to know
Arizona State is coming off two close losses to USC and UCLA by a combined eight points to USC, UCLA. The Sun Devils then shellacked Arizona 70-7 last Friday. ASU took advantage of seven Wildcat turnovers. The Sun Devil run game - led by RB Rachaad White's three scores as part of a 133-yard night - cranked out 259 yards and seven touchdowns.
Oregon State is coming off back-to-back one-score losses, falling 30-24 loss at Utah and 27-24 vs. Stanford. The Beavers enter Saturday's game having played five straight contests decided by six or fewer points. Speaking of close games, last year's meeting with ASU ended in a 35-34 win for Oregon State. The Beavers led by 14 in the third quarter, but the Devils had a chance to tie with a late 2-point conversion attempt. Last year's game was also played in Corvallis.
A banged-up Oregon State squad is already without starting QB Tristan Gebbia who suffered a season-ending hamstring injury on Nov. 27. Gebbia may be joined by RB Jermar Jefferson for this one. Jefferson has 755 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns in five games. He is questionable due to an ankle injury suffered in the second half of last week's game.
Arizona State at Oregon State:Odds, betting lines, predictions and picks
Arizona State 28, Oregon State 21
Money line (ML)
PASS. The analysis of this one leans toward Oregon State (+225) as a contrarian play but not with much conviction.
Against the spread (ATS)
The Beavers get this one in Corvallis and the home team is 7 for the last 9 in the head-to-head series. Add some COVID-19/road fatigue for this week's visiting teams.
TAKE THE BEAVERS +7.5 (-115).
The weather report for this game includes a decent chance of rain and winds in the 14-16 mph range. Both teams can run the ball and rank as top-5 in the nation in success-percentage measures, which reflect an ability to stay on schedule and avoid long down-and-distance situations.
ASU has run the ball 60% of the time through three games. Oregon State operates with a more even mix but will be up against a Devils defense more adept against the pass.