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OSU Beavers vs. Utah Utes Week 9 Handicapping Preview

Utes 3-4 vs Beavers 2-5

Oregon State doubled their win total with a solid win last week over Washington State and even though the are away underdogs I think they have good chance to get to 3 wins on the season facing a Utah team that is looking for their first ever Pac 12 win.

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Utah has lost all 3 of their conference games and has lost badly and they have not taken advantage of the opportunity that they do not face Stanford or Oregon this season.

The key in this game may be the OSU passing offense, as Beavers’ QB Sean Mannion, who threw for a career high 376 yards and 4 TD in last week’s 44-21 win over Washington State, will be up against a sketchy Utes’ secondary.

Oregon State Beavers (2-5) @ Utah Utes (3-4)
Saturday, October 29, 8 p.m. ET
Rice-Eccles Stadium, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Favorite: Utah -5 O/U 47

Utah has really struggled on offense this season, but they may get back on track against an OSU defense that only ranks 83rd in the nation. However, Utah QB Jon Hays has only 3 TD and 7 TD on the season. RB John White IV does have over 700 rushing yards on the season, but he will be facing the strength of the Beavers’ D, which is against the run. On top of that White has struggled in 3 of the past 4 games to move the chains with his legs.

With their offensive struggled the Utes may have to hang their hat on their 36th ranked defense.

Mannion and his 2 legit combo of WR Markus Wheaton and RB Jovan Stevenson are THE guys for the OSU offense and Wheaten is the leading receiver by far, so of the Utes and their 75th ranked defense can shut him down they may win.

Jovan Stevenson has been huge for Mannion and Oregon State this season

This game is not a good match up for the Utes, who are much better defending the run than the pass and they have given many yards through the air when they have lost their last 3 games facing the good passing offenses of Cal, Arizona State, and Washington.

Utah will have to pressure Mannion in the pocket and at least they have a good pass rush with 17 sacks on the season, but if they cannot get to the Beavers’ QB than he may pick apart their suspect secondary.

Utah still has a chance to get some wins after this game facing some weak Pac 12 teams while the same cannot be said for OSU, who face 4 conference teams that are all currently over .500 including Stanford and Oregon.

I like the Beavers in this game even on the road, as I think they are not as bad as their 2-5 record indicates and they have the offense. Still, Utah is motivated, as if they win can get back to .500 and still be in the hunt for a bowl game.

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