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Week 10 – Arizona State at Oregon State

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Posted Nov 2, 2012


Week 10 Fearless Predictions - Arizona State at Oregon State

Arizona State (5-3) at Oregon State (6-1) Nov. 3, 10:35, ESPN

Here’s The Deal: Arizona State and Oregon State have hit a bump in the road. Getting back on track is of the utmost importance this weekend.

Oregon State is perfect no longer, having fallen to Washington in Seattle last weekend. Gone are the longshot dreams of playing for a national championship, but the Pac-12 North crown is still in play if the team can regroup on the fly. The Beavers succumbed to four Sean Mannion picks, prompting head coach Mike Riley to hand the ball back to Cody Vaz, who played so well in relief in October. OSU is about to begin a tough four-game stretch that’ll dictate whether or not the program belonged in the top 10 before suffering its first loss.

The Sun Devils have dropped back-to-back home games. Losing to Oregon was expected. But bowing to UCLA last Saturday on a walk-off field goal really hurt the trajectory of the team. Arizona State, which is hoping to get back star DT Will Sutton, can still remain in the thick of the Pac-12 North race, but only if it can get out of Corvallis this week with an upset win.

Why Arizona State Might Win: With Sutton back, this is a different Sun Devils D; heck, it’s a different Sun Devils team when No. 90 is healthy.

Back before the junior was injured in the Oregon game, Arizona State was clamping down on opponents with a speedy, attacking unit that created turnovers and plays for minus yards. If Sutton can again create havoc from the inside, it’ll open up more opportunities for Spur Chris Young and DE Carl Bradford to meet in the backfield. The Devils are aiming to control the line of scrimmage on a team that’s been average at the point of attack, and bears some of the responsibility for the team’s recent offensive struggles.

Why Oregon State Might Win: Throughout this year’s fast start, the Beavers have been able to count on the play of their defense.

Oregon State boasts two legit stars, DE Scott Crichton and CB Jordan Poyer, who are being supported by a cast of athletic and well-coached defenders. The team is allowing less than three yards a carry, and just 17 points per game. Sure, Arizona State houses a quality collection of runners, but its inability to stretch the defense through the air is going to be an issue on Saturday night. Since the Sun Devils lean so heavily on their backs and tight ends in the passing game, it’s going to allow Beavers safeties Ryan Murphy and Tyrequek Zimmerman to pinch up and narrow the field.

What To Watch Out For: Does Oregon State have a quarterback controversy, or was Mannion simply rushed back following a knee injury?

Riley had to give the ball back to Mannion, his starter, last Saturday. And after he showed too much rust, the coach ought to be applauded for turning back to Vaz for the time being. He gives the Beavers their best shot of winning right now, though that doesn’t mean that the final chapter has been written on Mannion. Hardly. He’s just a sophomore, with a great future, but the staff is obviously confident as well about Vaz based on his play last month. Oregon State has a luxury in the passing game, two capable quarterbacks throwing to two all-star-caliber receivers, Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton.

What Will Happen: Oregon State will avoid a losing streak. Arizona State’s is going to reach three games.

The Beavers are a resilient group that’s going to benefit from being back in Corvallis and from having Vaz back behind center. He’s yet to throw an interception on 69 attempts, which is exactly what his team needs in order to get back on track. Oregon State has no problem leaning on the play of its defense, winning the turnover battle and getting 20 carries to RB Storm Woods. The Sun Devils are in a rut that the return of Sutton alone won’t be able to solve. A third straight loss against quality opponents is going to test the mettle of Todd Graham’s team.

CFN Prediction: Oregon State 27 … Arizona State 20
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Oregon State -4 O/U: 54.5
Must Watch Rating (5 – The Man With The Iron Fists, 1 – Election coverage until Tuesday morning): 3
Arizona State (5-3) at Oregon State (6-1) Nov. 3, 10:35, ESPN

Here’s The Deal: Arizona State and Oregon State have hit a bump in the road. Getting back on track is of the utmost importance this weekend.

Oregon State is perfect no longer, having fallen to Washington in Seattle last weekend. Gone are the longshot dreams of playing for a national championship, but the Pac-12 North crown is still in play if the team can regroup on the fly. The Beavers succumbed to four Sean Mannion picks, prompting head coach Mike Riley to hand the ball back to Cody Vaz, who played so well in relief in October. OSU is about to begin a tough four-game stretch that’ll dictate whether or not the program belonged in the top 10 before suffering its first loss.

The Sun Devils have dropped back-to-back home games. Losing to Oregon was expected. But bowing to UCLA last Saturday on a walk-off field goal really hurt the trajectory of the team. Arizona State, which is hoping to get back star DT Will Sutton, can still remain in the thick of the Pac-12 North race, but only if it can get out of Corvallis this week with an upset win.

Why Arizona State Might Win: With Sutton back, this is a different Sun Devils D; heck, it’s a different Sun Devils team when No. 90 is healthy.

Back before the junior was injured in the Oregon game, Arizona State was clamping down on opponents with a speedy, attacking unit that created turnovers and plays for minus yards. If Sutton can again create havoc from the inside, it’ll open up more opportunities for Spur Chris Young and DE Carl Bradford to meet in the backfield. The Devils are aiming to control the line of scrimmage on a team that’s been average at the point of attack, and bears some of the responsibility for the team’s recent offensive struggles.

Why Oregon State Might Win: Throughout this year’s fast start, the Beavers have been able to count on the play of their defense.

Oregon State boasts two legit stars, DE Scott Crichton and CB Jordan Poyer, who are being supported by a cast of athletic and well-coached defenders. The team is allowing less than three yards a carry, and just 17 points per game. Sure, Arizona State houses a quality collection of runners, but its inability to stretch the defense through the air is going to be an issue on Saturday night. Since the Sun Devils lean so heavily on their backs and tight ends in the passing game, it’s going to allow Beavers safeties Ryan Murphy and Tyrequek Zimmerman to pinch up and narrow the field.

What To Watch Out For: Does Oregon State have a quarterback controversy, or was Mannion simply rushed back following a knee injury?

Riley had to give the ball back to Mannion, his starter, last Saturday. And after he showed too much rust, the coach ought to be applauded for turning back to Vaz for the time being. He gives the Beavers their best shot of winning right now, though that doesn’t mean that the final chapter has been written on Mannion. Hardly. He’s just a sophomore, with a great future, but the staff is obviously confident as well about Vaz based on his play last month. Oregon State has a luxury in the passing game, two capable quarterbacks throwing to two all-star-caliber receivers, Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton.

What Will Happen: Oregon State will avoid a losing streak. Arizona State’s is going to reach three games.

The Beavers are a resilient group that’s going to benefit from being back in Corvallis and from having Vaz back behind center. He’s yet to throw an interception on 69 attempts, which is exactly what his team needs in order to get back on track. Oregon State has no problem leaning on the play of its defense, winning the turnover battle and getting 20 carries to RB Storm Woods. The Sun Devils are in a rut that the return of Sutton alone won’t be able to solve. A third straight loss against quality opponents is going to test the mettle of Todd Graham’s team.

CFN Prediction: Oregon State 27 … Arizona State 20
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Oregon State -4 O/U: 54.5
Must Watch Rating (5 – The Man With The Iron Fists, 1 – Election coverage until Tuesday morning): 3