After losing three in a row, the Sun Devils will travel to Corvallis and take on Oregon State this weekend.
Brian Snyder, Arizona Republic
Three straight losses has the Arizona State football team suddenly at 5-4 on the season, scrambling for one more win to reach bowl eligibility.
Will it get it on Saturday against Oregon State
Early predictions for the Pac-12 game seem to not like the Sun Devils’ chances overall, with the Beavers picked to defeat ASU in the majority of them.
Herm Edwards’ team is around a 2.5 point favorite in the game, which is set to kick off at 5:30 p.m. and can be seen on FS1.
The Arizona Republic: Oregon State 31, Arizona State 24
Emily Horos writes: “Arizona State hasn’t found a way to establish a running game this season. Now quarterback play has taken a hit because of injuries. This is a winnable game for the Sun Devils, but it would take a team effort that hasn’t been seen for a while.”
The Arizona Republic: ASU 35, Oregon State 24
Jeff Metcalfe writes: “If QB Jayden Daniels play and ASU’s defense shows up for an entire game, the Sun Devils will end their losing streak and gain bowl eligibility. I’m expecting both to happen, but then I was wrong about ASU at UCLA.”
The Arizona Republic: ASU 28, Oregon State 21
Michelle Gardner writes: “The Beavers have improved no doubt, but they’re not Utah or USC. The Sun Devils need to avoid what has gotten to be a bad pattern – a bad start. Three straight losses should be plenty of motivation to right the ship.”
Editor’s note: Check back later this week for Michelle Gardner’s Arizona State vs. Oregon State scouting report.
Oregon Live: Oregon State 38, ASU 31
Nick Daschel writes: “On paper, this game is as winnable for Oregon State as any FBS opponent on the 2019 schedule. Arizona State was hot earlier in the season, but has since cooled, and drags a three-game losing streak into Reser Stadium. This is a game where Oregon State can get its offense back on track, and the Beavers have confidence from last year’s game, when Jermar Jefferson ran for 256 yards. But OSU’s successes this season have come on the road. This is the Beavers best shot this season for a signature moment at home.”
Theo Lawson writes: “Will Arizona State’s freshman quarterback return to the field after suffering an unspecified injury? Until that information is known, it’s awfully hard to pick the Sun Devils here.”
It writes: “The Oregon State Beavers are coming off a terrible offensive output against the Washington Huskies as they were held scoreless, but Oregon State should be able to get back on track here as Jake Luton has thrown 19 TDs to 2 interceptions this season. Arizona State struggled to stop the USC passing game in their latest game as they allowed a freshman QB thrown for 432 yards and 4 TDs, but Oregon State poses a different problem as they have a pair of running back who could combine for 2000 yards this season. Oregon State was able to force some turnovers against a good QB in their last game, and Arizona State has a freshman under center, so they will need to resemble that success to help win this game at home.”
Doc Sports: Go with Oregon State
Josh Schonwald writes: “The Beavers step onto the field holding a record of 4-5. In discussing the offensive production, the Beavers have one of the top tier offenses in the country. Oregon State is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 160.7 rushing yards per game, which has them at 70th in college football. As a team, they have a total of 1,446 rushing yards through 9 contests, so they’ll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they’ll have open receivers. The Beavers average 396.4 yards per game overall ranking them 75th in D-1 and 9th in the conference. The Beavers are giving up 30.9 points per game ranking them 9th in the conference and 91st in D-1. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre groups in the nation. They are conceding 244.4 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Beavers sit in 5th in the Pac-12 Conference. When it comes to points given up, they have given up 278 points in total. When it comes to yards on the ground, they are allowing 192.7 yards per game which puts them at 94th in college football and 11th in the Pac-12 Conference. This year, they have allowed a total of 1,734 yards rushing and 16.2 rushing touchdowns.”