Beavers Have Won Two In A Row
The Colorado Buffaloes try to follow up their first win of the season when they visit the Oregon State Beavers for a Pac-12 Conference contest on Saturday night. Colorado edged California in overtime last weekend to record its first victory of 2022, which put it in a seventh-place tie in the conference standings with the Bears and Arizona State. Oregon State has won two in a row and is tied for fifth place in the Pac-12 with Washington. Both teams are hoping to keep their positive momentum going, so take a look at our in-depth preview of this contest before you make any bet online.
Colorado Gives Sanford A Winning Debut
The Colorado Buffaloes have not had an easy season, including a change in head coach, with Mike Sanford taking over on an interim basis after Karl Dorrell was fired early in October. Sanford started off on the right foot with an overtime win over California last weekend, the Buffaloes’ first Pac-12 win of the season, as well as their first overall victory
The win didn’t come without a cost, however, as running back Deion Smith was stretchered off the field in the fourth quarter. Smith was up and walking in the locker room by game’s end and is considered questionable for this week’s contest. The junior has rushed for 243 yards and a touchdown this season.
The Buffaloes are also uncertain of the status for Saturday of quarterback Owen McCown after he left the win over California with an undisclosed injury. The freshman has passed for 600 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore J.T. Shrout came in when McCown was out against California and passed for 69 yards and the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
Sophomore wide receiver Montana Lemonious-Craig was on the receiving end of the winning touchdown pass. Lemonious-Craig finished with eight catches for 119 yards, easily the best game of his collegiate career.
Defense Helping Oregon State To Wins
The Oregon State Beavers haven’t had a strong defense in recent years, but this season, it’s been that side of the ball that has helped the team to its fast start and the verge of bowl eligibility. Oregon State had just 24 points and 344 yards of offense on Saturday, but it still won its second straight, topping Washington State as the defense held the Cougars to just 10 points despite 368 yards of offense.
“That was the feeling, the way our defense was playing,” Oregon State head 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 still without quarterback Chance Nolan, who suffered a concussion against Utah on Oct. 1 and is still in protocol. Third-year freshman Ben Gulbranson has started the last two games and has been solid though unspectacular.
Oregon State has been going more to the running game with Nolan out, with freshman Damien Martinez coming off a career-best 111-yard game against Washington State. Smith has plenty of options on the ground, with Jam Griffin and Deshaun Fenwick also in the mix.
Colorado vs Oregon State Game Injuries
Colorado vs Oregon State Head-To-Head
The last two games between the Colorado Buffaloes and Oregon State Beavers have required extra time to determine a winner, including last season’s 37-34 double-overtime victory by the Buffaloes. Oregon State won 41-34 in overtime in the previous meeting in 2018.
Colorado has won the last two times it has visited Corvallis, Ore., and has a 2-2 record all-time when playing on the road against Oregon State. If you believe the college football lines for Saturday’s game, this one isn’t going to be close, with the Beavers heavy favorites to earn the victory.
Colorado vs Oregon State Game Information
- Game: Colorado (1-5, 1-2 Pac-12) vs Oregon State (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12)
- Location: Reser Stadium
- Day/Time: Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Colorado vs Oregon State Live Stream: ESPN
Colorado vs Oregon State Betting Lines
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Colorado vs Oregon State Prediction
The Colorado Buffaloes finally broke through with a win last weekend, but that’s not going to continue this week against the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers should roll to a win, though we like the Buffaloes to at least keep it within a three-touchdown margin.
When making your college football picks, take Colorado to cover on the road.