College Football Picks: Stanford vs. Oregon State

Jeff Grant

Thursday, October 24, 2013 1:42 PM GMT

The Oregon State Beavers have one of the top passing attacks in the country. This week, they prepare to host the Stanford Cardinal Saturday.

Potentially undervalued 

Stanford may be a bit undervalued in this spot due to already losing a game during the 2013 campaign, but the program has won its last three meetings with Oregon State, including a 27-23 victory as 3.5-point home favorites last year. 

The Cardinal are 21-3 SU and 15-8-1 ATS as conference opponents the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (12-12 Over/Under).

Streaking at the right time

Oregon State has won its last six games since suffering a 49-46 season-opening defeat to Eastern Washington as 25.5-point home betting odds favorites on Aug. 31, while the OVER is 5-2 in its seven contests during the 2013 campaign.

The Beavers last three victories have come against the California Golden Bears, Washington State Cougars and Colorado Buffaloes, but they’ll certainly step up in class in terms of competition in this affair.

Taking care of business

College football handicappers may elect to lay the points in this spot, considering the Cardinal are 9-2 SU and 7-3-1 ATS as road favorites the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 8-3 in that situation.

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan made his first collegiate start against Oregon State a year ago—finishing with 254 passing yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.

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Throwing the ball around

The Beavers are trying to become the first Pac-12 member to lead the nation in passing yards per game since 1960, as they lead that particular category by 26 yards heading into Week 9.

Oregon State signal-caller Sean Mannion is the active leader in the conference with 8,766 passing yards, while the program leads the country with 34 touchdowns inside the red zone.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for their college football picks. The OVER is 10-2 in the Beavers’ last 12 overall games.

College Football Pick: Over 56 at William Hill