Utes vs. Beavers NCAAF Free Pick
This is a Free #NCAAF play on the Utah Utes.
Pac-12 rivals Utah and Oregon State will meet in Corvallis on Thursday night. Both teams are 4-1, and both are well rested coming off a bye. The Utes though have climbed into the rankings after upsetting UCLA in Pasadena. The Beavers will likely have their hands full trying to stop Utah’s power running game.
The Utes will be looking to avenge a home loss to the Beavers last year. Oregon State won that game by a score of 51-48 in overtime. QB Sean Mannion threw for 443 yards and five TDs in the victory, and he led the Pac-12 in passing last season. Mannion has struggled this year though, and he’s thrown for just one TD and three picks in his last three starts. Surely he misses Brandin Cooks who is now catching balls from Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints.
The Beavers may not be quite as good as their 4-1 record suggests, with those wins coming against Colorado, San Diego State, Hawaii and Portland State. So far they’ve struggled when facing tougher competition, losing 35-10 to USC on September 27.
I think it’s fair to say that the Beavers offense is nowhere near as good as it was last year, and I think the Utes should have little trouble running all over the Oregon State defense.