Free Week 3 Prediction: Beavers vs Wolf Pack Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-1) Oregon State Beavers vs. Nevada Wolf Pack (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 15 2018
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nevada
Week 3 NCAA Football Spread: Nevada -3.5
Week 3 NCAA Betting Total: 70
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Last week, the Wolf Pack fell to Vanderbilt in grand fashion, 41-10. The Beavers, on the other hand, took down the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 48-25, in what was arguably their best showing in years.
Oregon State Beavers
The Beavers showed the world they can still win a football game this past week. It was the first time they’d put together a win since Sept. 2, 2017—a Week 2 win over FCS Portland State, 35-32.
What’s been most impressive about Oregon State’s start to the 2018 college football season has been their ability to put up points. Last year, the Beavers averaged just 20.7 points per game, which was only good enough for 114th in the nation, tying them with New Mexico and Old Dominion.
So far this year, they’re posting 39.5 points per contest, which is good enough to land on No. 38 in the country, tied with Georgia State, Maryland, Wisconsin and Troy.
Nevada Wolf Pack
Nevada put together two very different performances between Week 1 and Week 2. Last week’s blunder we already hit up top. But in Week 1, this group managed to score 72 points on FCS Portland State and won by a monstrous 53 points.
Against Oregon State, Nevada will need to be better on both sides of the ball than it was a week ago. It doesn’t have the luxury of thinking it can win a low-scoring game—Oregon State’s improved offense will put Nevada’s defense to the test, and subsequently force its offense to play a complete game.
Nevada is an impressive 5-0 against the spread in its last five home contests, but it’s also just 1-4 against the spread in its last five games against non-conference competition.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 21-5 in NEV last 26 games as a favorite.
- NEV are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf.
- Under is 34-15 in NEV last 49 games on fieldturf.
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Pick
As much as these two teams have focused on offense so far this season, you can expect the Beavers to come back down to earth after last week’s blowout victory. And while you can also expect the Wolf Pack to pay better than they did a week ago, they’re not going to be within sniffing distance of their 72-point showing against the Vikings in the first contest of the year.
Quite frankly, the spread feels about right, but the over/under set for this contest is way too high and is a knee-jerk reaction to some high-scoring games early in the season.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UNDER
This should be a close contest. While we have the Wolf Pack winning by a slim margin, reasonable minds could disagree and come up with a reasonable gameplay that has Oregon State coming out victorious.
Either way, however, both offenses should find more of a middle ground compared to how they’ve played early in the 2018 season.
Under is the pick here.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Nevada Wolf Pack 33 – Oregon State Beavers 30
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