A 2-3 week is in the rear-view mirror. Setting up my overall record for the season to (32-21-2) overall record. The Beavers return to action after a hard-fought game against Washington featuring very little offense. Hopefully there’s more fireworks this Saturday for the Beavers last home game of the 2019 season.
*Picks in italics, odds courtesy of FanDuel.
#1 - Oregon State (+3) vs. Arizona State
Arizona State welcomes back a healthy starting quarterback in Jayden Daniels. The betting line initially opened as a ‘pick-em game’ before the QB news and has been shifting towards the Sun Devils. I think ASU is a very good team and it’ll be tough on Saturday; but Oregon State is desperate for a home Pac-12 win and this is their last shot of the 2019 season.
#2 - Texas (+7) vs. Iowa State
I was pretty surprised to see Texas as touchdown underdogs to Iowa State. Not because Iowa State isn’t a great football team, but because often Texas fans will blindly put money on the Longhorns skewing the betting line. Overall, I like Texas here. I think they get back on track and have a good showing against the Cyclones.
#3 - Georgia (-2.5) vs. Auburn
The much-maligned #4 team in the College Football Playoffs rankings the Georgia Bulldogs. And not because they are a bad football team, but because their home loss to South Carolina was quite the head-scratcher. Oregon fans (loudly) argued their loss to Auburn and overall resume is better than Georgia’s. I think the Bulldogs will hear that noise and come out motivated to win soundly against Auburn.
#4 - Boise State (-27.5) vs. New Mexico
This is a HUGE betting line. Boise State has to win by four touchdowns just to cover it. No disrespect to New Mexico (okay maybe a little disrespect); I think the Broncos cover this spread when they play.
#5 - UCLA (+21) vs. Utah
This may be a dumb move on my part. Utah is very good and UCLA is not that good. But I saw this quote from a UCLA WR Ethan Fernea “Utahs’ known for being tough but I think we are ready to go out and show we are the tougher team”.
UCLA WR Ethan Fernea on the #Utes: "Utah's known for being tough but I think we are ready to go out and show that we are the tougher team."— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) November 7, 2019
Kyle Whittingham is going to play this on a loop at the football facility for the next 9 days. @KSL5TV https://t.co/mswkFuB8kZ #Pac12 pic.twitter.com/fXj9qpwmVJ
Gotta respect the bold move there! Realistically Utah is going to smash UCLA, but for some reason I think the Bruins are going to play the Utes close. Stay tuned.
I checked these odds on FanDuel Sports Book Wednesday morning. The college football season is quickly coming to a close which is shocking! In the less exciting news for Beaver fans a former OSU commit flipped to Washington.