Arizona Pours on the Points, Extends Oregon State Skid

Willie Bee

Thursday, November 9, 2017 1:12 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 1:12 PM UTC

Their shot at a Pac 12 title all but out the window, the Arizona Wildcats are 3 TD favorites on the NCAA football odds this week at home against Oregon State.

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Free NBA Pick: Arizona -22 (-105)Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Two short seasons ago, the Oregon State Beavers closed their schedule on a 9-game losing streak, and it appears they will beat that mark for futility by one defeat this campaign. The Beavers are in the midst of a 7-game skid with three left to play, the first of those this Saturday  (10 PM ET) on the road against the Arizona Wildcats.

One of the final contests on this week’s card, SBR’s top sports books certainly believe the skid will reach eight with Arizona favored by 22. ESPN2 will televise the matchup which carries the highest total on the Week 11 board, 71½.


Arizona O-Line Allows 5 Sacks In Loss To Trojans
Congrats are already in order for those college football futures bettors who took ‘under’ 5½ on Oregon State’s win total. The program is in deeper poop than just having a poor season, however, with Gary Anderson walking out of the head coach’s office a month ago and assistant Cory Hall taking over under an interim tag. Hall did direct the Beavers to covers in close losses his first two games holding the reins, but they’re coming off a 14-point loss at Cal last weekend when they were getting 7.

Arizona still had hopes of an SEC South title before a 49-35 setback at USC.  The Wildcats rallied from 22 down to tie the game midway through the final quarter before the Trojans caught fire with two touchdowns, part of an evening in which they tallied more than 640 yards of total offense. Ronald Jones II ran for 96 yards in the fourth quarter alone against an Arizona defense that allowed a season-high 311 on the ground, and Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate was sacked five times after being sacked just five times in the first eight games.


Rivalry Trends, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Thanks to dominating the series from the late 70s to the late 90s, Arizona has a 22-15-1 lead in the rivalry. Oregon State walloped the Wildcats last year in Corvallis, 42-17, as 3 point home chalk on the NCAA football odds, the final just staying ‘under’ a 59½ point total. Home teams have covered three of the last four meetings, totals splitting the last four played in Arizona.

All systems are go for a nice evening in the Old Pueblo, the weatherman calling for clear skies and temps in the mid-70s for kickoff and only a hint of a WSW breeze. There’s no reason Arizona shouldn’t reach at least the mid-to-upper 40s against this Oregon State defense, but I question how much the Beavers can score to push the final past the number. Let’s back the ‘Cats for our free college football pick in a 48-20 final.

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