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How and what to watch for Stanford vs. Oregon State

It’s already the final week of the regular season for the PAC-12 and neither of these teams have played more than five games.

Stanford Cardinal running back Austin Jones dives towards the goal line during a PAC12 football game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Washington Huskies on December 5, 2020 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA. Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s already the final week of the regular season for PAC-12 teams, and it feels like we still really don’t know a lot about either the 2-2 Stanford Cardinal or the 2-3 Oregon State Beavers, who face off this weekend in Corvallis

Both of these teams have a tendency to play extremely close games, with all but two being a one-score game at the end. Both these squads seem to be mirror images of each other, which is probably why the spread is so low heading into the matchup.

Both the Beavers and the Cardinal have OK passing attacks but do most of their damage on the ground. The defenses of both teams are iffy at best and tend to give up a ton of yards rushing. Stanford and OSU both average giving up just over 200 yards per game on the ground, but Oregon State has a slight advantage, typically running for 40 more yards on offense than their opponent this week.

That’s really the only major discrepancy between these two units. Every other statistical category from points to yards is razor-thin. Oregon State turns the ball over more, but in the last two weeks they have only given up the ball one time, so they seem to have corrected that early-season error.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Stanford vs. Oregon State on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Stanford (-3) vs. Oregon State
Point Total: 52.5
Money line: Stanford (-141) vs. Oregon State (+116)

Betting splits against spread

Stanford: (27% of action, 30% of bets)
Oregon State: (73% of action, 70% of bets)

  • Stanford tends to have high-scoring games, hitting the over in five of its last seven matchups
  • Still, don’t trust them against the spread, the Cardinal are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games.
  • Just like Stanford, Oregon State has a tendency for a lot of points, hitting the over in every game but one this season.
  • Four of the last six times these two teams have met the total has gone over as well.

The Best Bet

The spread here is very slim, so best stay away from that one with the way both these teams have played this season. The point total looks like easy money though, both units have shaky defenses and good offenses. Plus based on recent history, it’s a virtual lock to be high-scoring.

Pick: Over 52.5

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