The Stanford Cardinal are going to be in the Pac-12 race until the very end this season. Coming off a big win against the UCLA Bruins, the Cardinal are hoping for a solid finish to the season that could assist them in getting back to the Rose Bowl.
On the other side of the field, the Oregon State Beavers are one of those teams that can scare you with offense, but have a hard time keeping teams out of the endzone. Beginning the season in the top-25 and looking forward to the possibility of a Pac-12 title, the Beavers lost to an FCS school. Now that they are finally back in the rankings once again, they are hoping for a better result.
Stanford is led by quarterback Kevin Hogan who took this team over at the end of the 2012 season and has yet to look back. Leading the Cardinal to a 6-1 record and a No. 6 ranking to begin the season is enough to earn himself the distinction as a solid leader. He has passed for 1,405 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season, connecting with wide out Ty Montgomery 36 times for 564 yards and five scores. The run game behind Tyler Gaffney has also been solid as he has rushed for 741 yards and nine touchdowns on the year.
Oregon State has the best passing offense in the country and that’s due to the solid play from gunslinger and junior quarterback Sean Mannion. Fighting for a starting spot in the offseason, the quarterback has shown he deserves the top spot, passing for 2,992 yards and 29 touchdowns to go along with a 68 percent completion rate and just three interceptions. He has turned Brandin Cooks into a star at wide out, connecting withe the receiver 76 times for 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns. The only downside to the offense is that running the ball is a rare occurrence — they rank 122nd in the nation in rush yards per game.
Defensively, the Beavers rank 75th in the nation in points allowed per game with just over 28 while also ranking 26th in the nation in yards allowed per game with just over 358. Stanford is known for defense, holding teams to just 20 points per game while also only allowing 363 yards per contest.
Stanford will travel to Oregon State to take on the Beavers at 10:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Stanford 37, Oregon State 35