- Kerry Eggers
- Portland Tribune - Sports
On the Beavers: Arizona State at OSU
Both teams can take a major step toward bowl eligibility with a win Saturday. Arizona State, though, seems a little more vulnerable than Oregon State, which is playing its best football of the season.
A key matchup will be Arizona State's run offense, second in the Pac-10 (172.6 yards per game) against Oregon State's run defense, second in the Pac-10 (95.5). OSU's front seven has been so good the last month, opponents have had to throw to move the ball. And the Beavers rank second in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally with 28 sacks, so the Sun Devils' banged-up offensive line will have to be at its best.
It's no gimme, and Arizona State will be revved up. The Beavers will beat the Devils, though, for only the third time in their last 27 meetings.
The pick: Oregon State 27, Arizona State 17