Leave it to the Beavers to be underdogs at Washington

October 9th, 2019 NCAA College Football Betting

The Oregon State Beavers will be NCAA football betting underdogs when they visit the No. 5 Washington Huskies Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Saturday, October 22nd. The following are the odds for the game, in case you should feel the inclination to place an NCAA football bet:

Oregon State +36½ (-110) 54 (-110) +11000 
Washington U -36½ (-110) 54 (-110) -33000

The Beavers (2-4) had a costly 14-19 loss against the Utah Utes this past Saturday. Running back Ryan Nall – who had been seen in a boot earlier in the week (perhaps he owed some outstanding parking tickets) – left the field with a foot injury after a single carry, and QB Darell Garretson and his backup Conor Blount both ended up on crutches after the game.

Oregon State gained only 55 offensive yards in the first half, by which point they were down 12-0. However, they came out swinging in the third quarter with 107 yards. Running back Artavis Pierce scored a TD on an 18-yard run to bridge the gap, but kicker Garrett Owens missed a 51-yard field goal halfway through the third. The Beavers got to the Utah 9 with 8:25 remaining on the clock, but Owens missed another field goal attempt, and that was that for Oregon State.

A week before the above took place, the Huskies were busy breaking a 12-game losing streak against the Oregon Ducks. And they did it with flair, routing the home team 70-21. Washington QB Jake Browning went 22 of 28 for 304 passing yards and a college-record six TDs (half of which went to wide receiver John Ross), and ran for 21 yards on six carries for another couple of scores.

Additionally, running back Myles Gaskin rushed for 197 yards on 16 carries for a touchdown, and Jomon Dotson ran for 61 yards on 12 carries and a score. With this win, the Huskies go 6-0, firmly cling to the No. 5 spot, and achieve NCAA football betting favorite status against the Oregon State.

As deadly as Washington’s offense can be, the defense is not something to sleep on, either. The Huskies rank 18th in total defense with 317.5 yards allowed per game. Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria combined for 81 total tackles, six fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. And Joe Mathis and Psalm ‘23’ Wooching combine for 9½ sacks.

If that wasn’t bad enough – for the Beavers –, Oregon State lost Garretson for the rest of the season with a broken ankle, and backup Blount is out as well with a left knee brace. Ward, I think you were a little hard on the Beavers. Therefore, Oregon will have no choice but to start redshirt sophomore McMaryion, who finished 5 of 9 for 76 yards and a TD against the Utes.

On the other hand, Browning is healthy, one if the best QBs in the country, and has the nation’s highest rating (204.86). It almost doesn’t even seem fair for the Beavers, but who ever said that NCAA football betting should be fair?

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