The Arizona State Sun Devils hope to lock up a bowl spot this week when they visit the Oregon State Beavers. Kickoff is at 3:00 EST on Saturday, November 18 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. Fans can watch the game on the Pac-12 Network.
Oddsmakers list the Sun Devils as 7-point favorites on the road. The over/under for the game is set at 59 points. Click here for a full list of Week 12 betting odds and links to game previews.
Arizona State vs Oregon State Vegas Betting Line & Game Preview
The Sun Devils have struggled to find consistency this season. But they do have a win over Washington on their resume and they’re just one win away from going to a bowl game after falling one game short last season. Also, with wins in their last two games, Arizona State would finish second behind USC in the Pac-12 South division, which would be a nice accomplishment after two straight losing seasons.
Speaking of losing seasons, Oregon State just wants this season to be over. The Beavers are 1-9 this season and winless in Pac-12 play. The school fired head coach Gary Anderson a month ago, but moving on from him hasn’t made a difference. Of course, losing starting quarterback Jake Luton to an injury back in September didn’t help. But OSU’s problems extend far beyond the quarterback position.
Free College Football Against the Spread Pick: Arizona State -7
I was surprised to see the point spread for this game so low. In Oregon State’s nine losses this season, only two have come by single digits while the rest have been blowouts. Even with Arizona State’s uneven record this season, I have to think that the Sun Devils are more than a touchdown better than Oregon State. I’ll gladly take ASU to cover in this game.
Oregon State’s defense is one of the worst in the country. The Beavers are giving up over 40 points per game. In all but one game this season, OSU’s opponent has scored at least 32 points. That one game came against Stanford, who was playing without Heisman candidate Bryce Love, so I’m not putting too much stock in that game.
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For the most part this season, the Arizona State offense has been able to score points. Only Washington and USC have held them under 20 points, and the Sun Devils were still able to beat Washington. ASU’s Manny Wilkins isn’t necessarily one of the elite quarterbacks in the Pac-12. But he’s been steady this season and has almost two full years of experience as a starter under his belt. Against a bad Oregon State defense, he could be in a position to have one of his better games.
If the Beavers are going to pull off the upset or even beat the spread, their offense is going to have to keep pace and score at least top 30 points in this game. However, OSU has only eclipsed 30 points twice this season. Quarterback Darell Garretson just isn’t enough of a threat throwing the ball. Even against an ASU defense that’s vulnerable against the pass, I’m not sure Garretson has the accuracy or the playmakers to create explosive plays for the Beavers.
With the Sun Devils chasing after a bowl game, they’re not going to overlook Oregon State. If ASU can get off to a fast start, I can see the score getting out of control early. Even if the Beavers keep the game close early, I don’t see them sticking within a touchdown for 60 minutes. Either way, the Sun Devils should beat a 7-point spread and clinch a bowl spot.