OSU (1-5) at WSU (3-3)
The Cougars look to double last season’s win total this Saturday night at home to a reeling Oregon State squad that will likely finish well under .500 since they still have to face the current ranked teams of Washington, Oregon, and Stanford.
A win by the Cougars will bring them above .500 on the season, but getting to the 6-win bowl game plateau will not be easy since they still faced 2 ranked teams and no team on their remaining schedule currently has a losing record.
Washington State and their 73rd ranked defense played stellar in the first half of their last game a 44-14 loss to Stanford, but they gave up 34 points in the 2nd half. They gave up a ton of passing yards in the 2nd half, which is a concern since Oregon State’s only real strength is their passing offense.
Beavers’ QB Sean Mannion passed for 306 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT in their 38-28 loss to BYU last week and for OSU to have any chance to win he has to play well and keep from throwing the ball to guys in a WSU uniform.
WSU does not have a bad run defense ranked 47th in the nation, but that is not their big worry facing an OSU rushing offense that only ranks 107th in the nation and racked up a grand total of 59 yards on the ground against BYU.
Don’t expect the Beavers to light up the scoreboard this Saturday night.
WSU ranks 11th in the nation in passing yards per game, but when Jeff Tuel, who missed every game since the season opener, was re-inserted as the starter in the Stanford game he only passed for 145 yards with 0 TD. Still, look for him to improve on those numbers facing an OSU pass defense that only ranks 90th in the nation.
WSU rushed for a massive total of 48 yards against Stanford, but the Cardinal have one of the best run defenses in the nation. OSU ranks 63rd in that department, so impressive freshman RB Rickey Galvin (319 yards 3 TD 6.6 yards per carry), will have his chances.
WSU knows that their remaining schedule is a tough one so they will step up in this home game and not let a win slip through their fingers.
The Beavers will have to keep WSU and their 24th ranked scoring offense from putting up a lot of points and if they don’t they are in trouble since OSU only has the nation’s 94th highest scoring team.