College Football Picks ATS: Washington State Cougars at Oregon State Beavers

Storm Woods needs more touches.
Storm Woods needs more touches.

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Time: 4 PM ET
Spread: ORE -8
Total: 61

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Oregon State is 4-4 on the season but just 1-4 in Pac-12 play. Facing Washington State this week should help that mark improve. The Beavers are 8-point underdogs over visiting Washington State in a game that should be a high scoring affair with the college football odds showing a 61-point total for this game.

Oregon State has dropped its past three contests to then- No. 20 Utah on Oct 16, Stanford and Cal. The Beavers have a negative-2.5 point differential, and the pass game has been mostly it for the Beavers this year, ranking 40th in pass yardage with 263.1 per game, while lingering near the bottom with only 117.5 rushing yards per contest.

Senior QB Sean Mannion is putting the caps on a successful career. Though his percentage of completion and yards per attempt are at an all-time low, he threw for 4,662 yards last season while racking up 37 TDs to just 15 INTs.

This season, Mannion’s passer rating is far lower at 125.9, but Mannion had a good game last week against Cal, despite Oregon State losing. He threw for 320 yards on 30-of-45 passing with two TDs and one pick. It equated to a 136.6 passer rating, something he hadn’t done since Oct 4 against Colorado when he threw for 278 yards at a 73 percent completion clip.

RBs Terron Ward and Storm Woods have both been solid this year for Oregon State, with the tandem accounting for nearly 1,000 yards and 10 TDs. It’s just that the Beavers don’t run it often enough given the duos success. Surely more than 117 yards could be milked out of Ward and Woods.

The Washington State Cougars have dropped four straight despite having the No. 1 ranked pass offense in the country with 47 yards per game. Since beating Utah on Sept. 27, the Cougars have allowed at least 34 points to all four of its last opponents, though the Cougars nearly took down Cal in a 60-59 shootout on Oct 4. However, Connor Halliday is out for the season and Luke Falk has a big responsibility to fill his shoes.

Thus far, Falk has done so.

He’s thrown for nearly an identical completion ratio and yards per attempt as Halliday did, and the 6’4” freshman certainly looks promising. Last week against USC, he was 38-of-57 for 346 yards, but the Cougars just couldn’t find the end zone despite that, managing just 17 points against the Trojans.

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