The Oregon State Beavers and Washington Huskies each find themselves in letdown/look-ahead situations as they prepare for a college football odds battle in Seattle this Saturday.
It wouldn't be fair to say Week 13 of the college football betting schedule was void of big games or interesting matchups. Each and every week, as we've learned leading into the first playoff at the D-I level, has plenty of crucial contests in the grand scheme.
Still, with so many rivalry clashes coming up a week from now, Saturday's slate seems light in comparison, though no less dangerous for the teams competing. Take the Oregon State Beavers and Washington Huskies, for example.
This is, in fact, a big game for both teams in terms of bowl eligibility as they prepare for a 10:30 PM (ET) tilt at Husky Stadium. Oregon State needs to win its final two games to meet the minimum criteria and Washington needs one more win to get there. The Pac-12 Network will broadcast the affair that finds the Huskies favored by 6½ points. SBR's live college football odds will have the total the very instant it's released.
Betting angles abound for the 99th meeting in this series, Washington owning a 60-34-4 advantage. The Huskies have won three of the last four after the Beavers took six in a row from 2004-2009. In addition to winning the past two, including a 69-27 rout in Corvallis last season, U-Dub covered both triumphs with the totals splitting. Five of the last six in Seattle never reached the totals.
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Beavers On High Following Big Upset
Oregon State posted one of the biggest shockers in Week 12 with a 35-27 win over then-No. 6 Arizona State. Touchdown underdogs at home, the Beavers overcame a 10-point halftime deficit with Michael Doctor's 35-yard interception return icing the upset with just over a minute and a half remaining.
The triumph halted a 4-game skid for the Beavers who failed to cover any of the losses, twice as home favorites. It also marked just the second time this season that OSU managed to beat the college football odds at home, the other taking place back in late-September when San Diego State came to town.
But will the win place Mike Riley's outfit between a rock and a hard place with a huge matchup at home next week vs. Oregon? Senior QB Sean Mannion has just two more games guaranteed in his career and would love to take his team bowling for a third consecutive season. He should be able to put up nice numbers against a Washington defense that ranks 112th in the nation against the pass, but the Beaver offense will need to stay focused and not think about either last week or next week to win this Saturday.
Huskies Need To Regroup After Disappointing Defeat In Tucson
Washington was about to deal another Grand Canyon State squad an upset loss last week as well, before a late turnover cost the Huskies. Getting 8 points from the college football oddsmakers at No. 14 Arizona, Washington had the ball near midfield with a 26-24 lead and under two minutes remaining when Deontae Cooper fumbled a handoff to give the Wildcats one last chance. Arizona booted a 47-yard field goal as the clock expired, and left many wondering why 1st-year Husky head coach Chris Petersen opted to not just take a knee instead of going with a standard running play.
That's going to be a tough setback for Petersen's posse to bounce back from in search of their first home win since a 45-14 glorified scrimmage vs. Georgia State in Week 4. And like OSU with Oregon on deck, the Huskies have an in-state rival coming up against Washington State next week.
Rain is in the current forecast for the entire weekend in Seattle, which should come as no surprise. Saturday night calls for a 70% chance of precip with the thermometer in the mid-to-upper 40s at kickoff and an 8-10 mph southerly breeze; make sure to get an update before you make your wager.
This is a tough one on my old noggin to really wrap a confident free college football pick, and it would be nice to have a total to choose from. I suspect that number will be 56-58 once it does come out later today, and lean to the 'under' assuming it is in that range. But for now, let's take the points and the Beavers for our play.
Free College Football Pick: Oregon State +6.5 at 5Dimes
Season: 54-36-1 (+14.40)