Nothing is going to come easy for Oregon State this season, except perhaps the regular-season finale against Nicholls State. I don’t expect Saturday’s home date with Utah to be anything different.

The Utes are terrific defensively — OSU has met up with several of the like already this season — and so-so at best on offense. True freshman Travis Wilson became the third Utah starter at quarterback in the Utes’ 21-14 loss at UCLA last Saturday.

Utah hasn’t been able to run the ball effectively this season, which will be the goal Saturday against an Oregon State team that ranks first in the Pac-12 and sixth nationally in run defense at 70 yards per contest.

There is an air of humility within the Oregon State program over the national recognition to its 5-0 start. It’s a reflection of coach Mike Riley, who won’t allow heads to swell and realizes there is a fine line between winning and losing every time out for them in the Pac-12.

The Beavers have done a good job of tending to business and limiting mistakes other than penalties — they lead the conference in that department. If they can cut down there and continue doing what they’re doing in other areas, they should win Saturday and go to 6-0 for the first time since 1907.

If it happens, it would surely make F.S. Norcross proud.

THE PICK: Oregon State 27, Utah 13

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