Colorado Off the Schneid
The Colorado Buffaloes, fresh off their first win of the season, visit the Oregon St. Beavers in a Pac-12 contest Saturday night. Colorado edged California in overtime last out, recording its first victory of 2022. It’s in a seventh-place tie in the conference standings, with the Cal Bears and Arizona St. Sun Devils. Oregon St. has won its last couple, tied (with Washington) in fifth place. Both teams are hoping to continue that momentum. Take a look at our in-depth preview of this contest before making any bet online.
Sanford’s a Winner
Colorado hasn’t had an easy season in 2022, having fired Karl Dorrell and replacing him (on an interim basis) with Mike Sanford. Sanford did begin on the right foot with that overtime win over California. It was the Buffaloes’ first Pac-12 win of the season, and first against anyone as well.
It didn’t come without a cost, however, as running back Deion Smith was stretchered off the field in the fourth quarter. Smith was walking around in the locker room by the end of the game, but questionable ahead of this game. The junior has 243 rush yards and a touchdown this season.
Quarterback Owen McCown left the win with an undisclosed injury, so he’s uncertain, too. The freshman has 600 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore J.T. Shrout came in when McCown went down against California, 69 yards in addition to the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
Sophomore wide receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig was on the receiving end of the winner. Lemonious-Craig finished with eight catches (119 yards), easily the best game of his career.
The Oregon St. Beavers haven’t had a strong defense in recent seasons, but that’s changed. It’s been that side of the ball that’s helped this team to the verge of bowl eligibility. Oregon St. had 24 points and 344 yards of offense against Washington St., but it still won its second straight. OSU limited the Cougars to just 10 points, despite surrendering 368 yards of offense.
“That was the feeling, the way our defense was playing,” coach Jonathan Smith said after Saturday’s win. “We were a little more conservative. It’s a credit to those guys. They’ve been working, growing and developing.”
The Beavers have had to lean on the defense, as the offense is without quarterback Chance Nolan. Nolan suffered a concussion against Utah on Oct. 1st, remaining in the protocol. Third-year frosh Ben Gulbranson has started the last two games. He’s been solid, if not spectacular.
Oregon St. has been going more to the ground without Nolan. Freshman Damien Martinez had a career-best 111 yards against WSU. Smith has plenty of options on the ground, with Jam Griffin and Deshaun Fenwick also in the mix.
Colorado vs Oregon Game Injuries
Colorado vs Oregon Head-To-Head
The last two games between the schools have required extra time to determine a winner, including last season’s 37-34 double-overtime victory by the Buffs. Oregon St. won, 41-34, in overtime in the previous meeting (2018).
Colorado has won the last two times it has visited Corvallis and split four games all-time when playing at Oregon St. If you trust the college football lines leading to Saturday’s game, this isn’t going to be close, with the Beavers heavy favorites to earn the victory.
Colorado vs Oregon Game Information
- Game: Colorado (1-5, 1-2 Pac-12) vs Oregon (5-2, 2-2)
- Location: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Colorado vs Oregon Live Stream: ESPN
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Colorado vs Oregon Betting Lines
Colorado vs Oregon Prediction
The Colorado Buffaloes finally broke through with a win last week. That’s not going to continue against the Oregon St. Beavers. The Beavers should roll to a win, though we’re endorsing the Buffaloes to at least keep it within the “margin of error” here.
When making your NCAA football odds and college football picks, take Colorado to cover on the road.