There’s a ton of unknowns heading into this game. Obviously neither team has played a game yet in 2020 and Washington State is entering the year with a new head coach, Nick Rolovich. The Cougars will have to replace its quarterback from last season, and they’ll be rolling with true freshman Jayden De Laura from Hawaii. Don’t expect this to be the same WSU team they were in previous seasons, with QBs throwing for 600 yards a game. The offense will still go through the air a lot, but expect RB Max Borghi to see more carries than in years past.
Oregon State has an advantage because the players know the system in an unusual practice year. Third year head coach Jonathan Smith has had a difficult time in his first two seasons at OSU, going 7-17 in that span. But his players have the benefit of two full seasons understanding his schemes. Junior quarterback Tristan Gebbia will lead the team in his first season as a full-time starter. Running back Jermar Jefferson is projected to be RB1, and he had an explosive season last season and averaged five yards a carry.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Washington State vs. Oregon State on Saturday, November 7 at 10:30 p.m. ET on FS1, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Washington State vs Oregon State (-2)
Point Total: 65
Money line: WSU (+100), Oregon State (-122)
- WSU is 1-4 ATS in its last five games
- The total has gone over in four of WSU’s last six
- OSU is 5-1 ATS in its last six games
- The total has gone over in the last seven meetings between these teams
Washington State: (17% of handle, 26% percent of bets)
Oregon State: (83% of handle, 74% percent of bets)
The Best Bet
One would think the best bet when these two teams meet is to take the over. Normally, that would be true. However, teams have looked horribly rusty in their first games of the season. On top of that, first-year head coaches have performed poorly this season because the lack of time to implement a new scheme due to Covid-19.
Pick: Under 65
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