The Arizona Wildcats will head to Corvallis, Oregon this Saturday to take on the Oregon State Beavers.
This match-up is a battle to stay out of the Pac 12, doghouse, if you will - with Arizona ranked last in the South Division, and Oregon State last in the North. Both teams are 2-8 overall, respectively.
The Wildcats have yet to win a conference game — and are coming off a 7 game losing streak.... while the Beavers have been overtaken on their last 5 match-ups.
But for the first time this season, the Beavers have been favored in a conference game. .. and you all seem to primarily agree with that.
The Beavs are currently sitting at 6.5 point favorites against Arizona. Is this:— Building the Dam (@BuildingTheDam) November 16, 2016
Both teams have been plagued with injuries all season. The Beavers are missing WR Seth Collins, who remains hospitalized with an illness. Both the coaching staff and University have been pretty tight-lipped on his status, citing privacy reasons. Running back Ryan Nall is also questionable for this week. He’s been battling a foot injury for much of the season.
Keys to the Game:
Offense: OSU has a stronger overall quarterback situation in Marcus McMaryion. While McMaryion has only 55% completion rate, Arizona has been flip-flopping between their two QB’s Brandon Dawkins and Anu Solomon.
Defense: Again, advantage Oregon State. Arizona’s secondary is ranked 117th in the nation, allowing 38.3 points per game, while the Beavers let in 32.5. UA, however, does favor the run game primarily with Samaje Grant, so the Beaver secondary needs to be ready for that.
Special Teams: Arizona’s kicker, Josh Pollack missed 3 of 4 field-goal attempts in last week’s 49-24 loss to Colorado. OSU’s Victor Bolden has been averaging 24.8 yards per return.
Don’t Miss the Action:
Time: Saturday, November 19th. 7:30 p.m.
Location: Reser Stadium — Corvallis, Oregon.
TV: Pac-12 Network.
Radio: KEX - 1190 AM; KPOJ - 620 AM