The Oregon State football team fights to avoid bowl game elimination this afternoon in Reser Stadium against No. 4 Stanford.
The Cardinal, however, hopes to gain momentum for next weekend’s game against Oregon to determine the Pac-12 Conference North Division champion.
Here’s my main story in Saturday’s GT. The Beavers say, why not just play well and shock the world.
Here are my three keys for an OSU victory. It’s less about matchups, and more about luck.
3. Win the line of scrimmage
The OL must open running lanes for RB Malcolm Agnew and protect QB Sean Mannion. If the OL doesn’t win its battles there’s no chance. And the DL can not be pushed around like it was last Saturday at Utah, or it’s going to be a long day.
2. Stanford mistakes
When facing an efficient Stanford team with talent on both sides the ball, Oregon State hopes this is the game that everything falls apart on the opponent. There’s no matchup that favors Oregon State if everything goes as usual.
1. Start fast
There no way for this team to come back if there’s a slow start against a potent No. 4-ranked Stanford team on Saturday. The offense must score early and keep scoring, while the defense can not let quick scores happen. Momentum must be gained early and maintained.
My pick? Stanford 35, OSU 7.
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