Free Week 2 Prediction: Thunderbirds vs. Beavers Odds
Looking for Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. Oregon State Beavers free picks? Week 2 betting sees the Thunderbirds taking on the Beavers on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Southern Utah Oregon State free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. Oregon State Beavers (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon
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Both the Beavers and the Thunderbirds opened their 2018 season with a loss, but the level of competition doesn’t quite compare.
Southern Utah, who fell 34-30, took on the North Alabama Lions. Oregon State, who dropped one on the road to the tune of 77-31, faced THE No. 5 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
Both teams enter this contest looking for their first win of the season, and while Oregon State will likely be considered decent favorites when the line comes out, the Beavers have also struggled in recent history versus FCS and lesser opponents.
Southern Utah Thunderbirds
Southern Utah put up a fight in its Week 1 contest, which was never more evident than its 16-point second quarter after not scoring a point in the first. The Thunderbirds actually held a 23-20 lead in the third quarter, but their efforts were squashed by a late run by the North Alabama Lions.
Against the Beavers, Southern Utah needs to keep this game close early. The Beavs showed a week ago that despite their defense struggling on just about every possession, their offense is capable of putting up points against big-time programs.
And the Southern Utah Thunderbirds are not a big-time program.
Oregon State Beavers
Speaking of that Beavers offense, not too shabby. Despite falling to the Buckeyes within the confines of The Horseshoe, they also managed to put up 31 points and—at times—play a brand of bully ball that’s going to be good for them any time games are close, whether that be early or late in contests.
Against Southern Utah, Oregon State has a chance to get its new quarterback more comfortable in a new head coach’s system.
Defense, however, remains the question.
The Beavers gave up an astounding 77 points to Ohio State. We all know that the Buckeyes—with or without Urban Meyer—will contend for a championship. But 77 points is huge for any team, let alone a top-five team.
Oregon State needs to specifically hone in on makking the safe plays. Against an FCS squad, the temptation will be to go for the home run interception or rush the line for the big blitz on third down. But this Beavers defense simply isn’t good enough to risk downfield production from its opponent.
If Oregon State plays a brand of bully ball on the both ends of the field and doesn’t get cocky, it’ll stand a much better chance.
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FCS opponents strike fear among Oregon State fans. This Beavers program has struggled against the inferior opponents, and we should see the same narrative play out in this one.
The difference, however, is that Oregon State should pull away in the second half.
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The Beavers aren’t looking at a double-digit win, but a good, hard-fought win by about a touchdown will be just as good for this rebuilding program.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Oregon State Beavers 35 – Southern Utah Thunderbirds 27
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