Stanford-Oregon State Line at Cardinal -21

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Carrie Stroup
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Stanford-Oregon State Line

The Beavers only have a record of 2-6 while the Cardinal are undefeated and here we have the Stanford-Oregon line at -21 in favor of the visiting Cardinal. Line & Total: Stanford -21 & 60.5

Opening Line & Total: Cardinal -21 & 61

No. 4 Stanford survived a big scare at USC last week and now the Cardinal bring their gaudy win streak to Corvallis to take on the reeling Oregon State Beavers.

Stanford needed triple overtime to outlast the Trojans 56-48 and extend the longest win streak in the nation to 16 games. QB Andrew Luck (23 TD, 4 INT) threw 3 TD, marking his 11th straight outing with at least two touchdown passes. Oregon State lost 27-8 to Utah last week, rushing for just 32 yards on 26 carries and turning the ball over four times (3 INT for QB Sean Mannion). Luck threw for 305 yards and 4 TD in last year’s 38-0 blanking of the Beavers, but the Cardinal are just 1-4 (SU at ATS) in their past five trips to Corvallis. But this game has all the making of a blowout. Stanford is averaging 45.3 PPG in its four games this year and Oregon State simply doesn’t have the defensive talent to keep Luck and Company in check.

For his career, Luck has 68 TD and just 16 INT. He currently ranks fifth in the nation in passing efficiency (176.95) and is completing passes at a 72% clip as a senior. Luck has also benefited from a stellar offensive line that has allowed just four sacks the entire season. The O-Line continues to open up holes for the running game too, as Stanford has piled up 215 YPG (19th in nation). Junior Stepfan Taylor has 796 rushing yards and 9 total TD this year, and last season he ran for 115 yards on just 14 carries (8.2 YPC) against Oregon State. The Cardinal have been exposed on the defensive end, especially against the pass (244 YPG, 88th in nation), but they continue to get after the quarterback with 3.1 sacks per game (9th in FBS).

Oregon State has to take better care of the football if it is to have any chance on Saturday. The Beavers have coughed it up 19 times this year, including 13 INT thrown by Mannion. The freshman QB continues to lean on junior WR Markus Wheaton, who has caught at least five passes in every game this season. Wheaton has totaled 702 yards on 57 catches, but has only scored one touchdown. The rushing game has been dreadful, ranking 108th in the nation with 102 YPG. Freshman Malcolm Agnew’s first Pac-12 game was a great one (103 rushing yards at Washington State), but he was limited to 26 yards on nine carries in last week’s loss at Utah. The defense has allowed at least 21 points in all eight games this year, but no team has scored 40 on them. The Beavers must improve their surge on the defensive line, as they have averaged a woeful 4.1 Tackles For Loss this year, which is the seventh-lowest TFL total in the land.

- Carrie Stroup, Senior Reporter

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