KERRY SAYS: Beavers perfectly cast as big underdog at Arizona State
Nobody figures Oregon State to have a chance on its visit to Sun Devil Stadium to play 25th-ranked Arizona State, riding high after its rousing victory over Southern Cal last Saturday.
The Beavers have had issues everywhere during their 0-3 start, but the biggest problem lies with a defense that hasn't been able to stop either the run or the pass.
D-tackle Castro Masaniai returns from a one-game suspension, giving the Beavers some needed bulk in the middle. They can't let bruising ASU tailback Cameron Marshall, who rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns against SC, get loose for a big game. And the OSU secondary can't let 6-8, 240-pound QB Brock Osweiler have his way in the passing game.
The OSU offense was hoping for a boost from tailback Malcolm Agnew, whose return after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury could be crucial. But the true freshman pulled himself out of practice Thursday after feeling a twinge in the hamstring - bad sign.
And sophomore guard Grant Enger, who played respectably in his first start for the injured Josh Andrews against UCLA, could miss the ASU game with a sore shoulder.
It's the way of the world these days for Oregon State, which seemingly can't catch a break and goes into Saturday's game an 18-point underdog.
James Rodgers and Joe Halahuni have a game under their belt, and the Beavers' offense, behind redshirt freshman Sean Mannion, will get some things done. But it won't be enough to pull off an upset victory.
THE PICK: Arizona State 38, Oregon State 19