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College Football Betting Preview: Oregon State Beavers vs. Utah Utes

September 29, 2023


Arguably the best game of week 5 of the college football season will take place on Friday night when the Utah Utes travel to take on the Oregon State Beavers in a battle of Pac-12 teams. The Utes may have Cameron Rising back for the first time this season after he suffered an injury in the Rose Bowl against the Penn State Nittany Lions. Which team will remain undefeated with a win in this matchup on Friday night? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The Utah Utes enter this game ranked 10th in the AP Poll and 10th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 4-0 following a 14-7 win at home against the UCLA Bruins while covering the 3-point spread as a home favorite in week 4 of the college football season. Utah scored 14 points while compiling a total of 219 yards offensively which included 117 passing yards and 102 rushing yards while allowing 7 points and 243 total yards defensively which included 234 passing yards and 9 rushing yards. Nate Johnson led the team in passing, completing 9 of 17 attempts for 117 yards and a touchdown. Jaylon Glover led the team in rushing with 25 carries for 86 yards while adding a reception for 17 yards.

Oregon State enters this game ranked 19th in the Coaches Poll and 21st in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-1 following a 35-38 loss on the road against the Washington State Cougars while failing to cover the 3-point spread as a road favorite in week 4 of the college football season. The Beavers scored 35 points while compiling a total of 440 total yards offensively which included 198 passing yards and 242 rushing yards while allowing 38 points and 528 total yards defensively which included 422 passing yards and 106 rushing yards. DJ Uiagalelei led the team in passing, completing 17 of 34 attempts for 198 yards with a touchdown and an interception while adding 61 rushing yards and a touchdown. Deshaun Fenwick led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 101 yards and three touchdowns while adding two receptions for seven yards. Silas Bolden led the team in receiving, catching five of eight targets for 76 yards.

BookMaker has the Oregon State Beavers listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Utah Utes on Friday night in week 5 of the college football season. Utah has won seven of the last ten and two of the last three games while winning by an average margin of 9.7 points per game over the last ten and 8 points per game over the last three games in the series. The Utah Utes are 2-1-1 ATS overall, 0-0-1 ATS on the road, and 1-0 ATS in conference games this season while the Oregon State Beavers are 2-2 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, 2-2 ATS as a favorite, and 0-1 ATS in conference games on the year.

Utah enters this game ranked higher in the polls and has the better record at 4-0 while also being the better team in the series, winning seven of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Utes have won by an average margin of 9.7 points per game over the last ten and 8 points per game in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the Utah Utes +3 on the road against the Oregon State Beavers on Friday night in week 5 of the college football season on BookMaker. 

Spooky Express Pick: Utah Utes +3