Oregon State Beavers Season Stats And Forthcoming Odds

Oregon State Beavers head into their first bowl game since 2013 when they take on Utah State in Saturday’s Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl (4:30pm) and will need to be at their best to claim the spoils against tough opposition in Inglewood.

Head coach Jonathan Smith, who recently signed a six-year contract extension, has overseen his team end their regular PAC-12 Conference season with a mixed record of 7-5. When compared with Utah State’s 10-3 ratio and second Bowl appearance in three years, Smith will have to maximize the best from his available roster to claim victory.  

There is some solace, however. They defeated Hawaii, Utah and Arizona State during the season – three teams who were eligible for the Bowl – and have averaged 32.7 points per game, ranking 35th in the country. 

Furthermore, the post-regular season figures for the Beavers recorded that they rush for 217.4 yards (ranked 12th) and pass for 213.1 yards per game (ranked 85th), with the aforementioned points average boosted by some big wins. 

After a shaky start to the campaign courtesy of a 21-30 defeat at Purdue, Smith’s men romped to three successive wins by big scoring margins. First came the 45-27 victory over Hawai’i, where BJ Baylor followed up his scoring run in the opening defeat by running 171 yards and taking three scores on the ground here, including a 66-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

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Next up was the biggest winning margin of the season as they dominated Idaho Vandals 42-0. Once again Baylor was in top rushing form to record two touchdowns, becoming the first Beaver with three-consecutive multi-touchdown games since Storm Woods in 2012.

Meanwhile at the other end, Kyrei Fisher’s seven tackles and Omar Speights’ six went a long way to ensuring the team’s first shutout since the 2008 Sun Bowl and the first at Reser Stadium since 2006.

Another 40+ total score followed, this time in LA against USC to finish on 45-27 with Baylor surpassing 424 yards for the season, quarterback Chance Nolan successfully completing 15 of 19 passes and Avery Roberts’ ten tackles kept USC at bay for the most part.

After three big wins thanks to a powerful rushing attack, things were much closer when Washington rolled into Reser for week six. Everett Hayes was the hero this time, converting a dramatic last-second field goal to edge the clash 27-24. 

That win lifted Beavers atop the PAC-12 standings after five fixtures and things were looking great, with even talk of overall success. But Smith’s side then hit a spell of inconsistent form courtesy of three out of four away trips.

It started with defeat at Washington State (24-31), followed by a home return win over Utah (42-34) where that man Baylor rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown and Trevon Bradford scored a pair of touchdowns of his own. 

But 5-2 – and 4-0 at home – was quickly reduced to 5-4 with away losses to California (25-39) then Colorado in double overtime (34-37). That second match saw Hayes smash the school record with an incredible 60-yard field goal at the end of the regulation time, before succumbing to a narrow defeat in the additional minutes.

Comfortable wins over Stanford (35-14) and Arizona State (24-10) looked to get the Beavers back on track going into the final round of matches but a derby defeat at Oregon Ducks by 38-29 ended the regular season on a downer. 

Chance Nolan passed for a career-high 308 yards and Luke Musgrave set a personal-best with seven receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown as Beavers fought back to reduce a 24-3 half-time deficit.

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They were successful in out-scoring their more illustrious neighbors in the second half (26-14) but the damage had already been done despite Nolan’s excellent passing stats and his late 1-yard rush with 1:08 remaining on the clock.

The loss in the regular season finale completed a mixed campaign consisting of a 100% home record with six wins from six but disappointing away form, with just one victory. Stats-wise quarterback Nolan has racked up 2,414 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 63.5 percent completion. 

Trevon Bradford leads the team with 40 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns – one of five receivers to total at least 200 yards for Nolan, Tre’Shaun Harrison has 25 receptions for 346 yards and three touchdowns himself.

Baylor’s powerful rushes, meanwhile, have totalled 1,259 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Defensively, the team have conceded 25.9 points per game, ranking 65th in the FBS and have given up 146.7 rushing yards (ranked 57th) and 241.1 passing yards per game (ranked 87th).

Linebacker Avery Roberts’ 123 total tackles leads the defensive line, whilst defensive back Kitan Oladapo has eight pass interceptions.

With those solid stats behind them the Beavers return to the city of their solitary victorious away fixture of the season at USC and it’s a city that will also provide a large contingent of support owing to the predominantly Southern Californian makeup of the roster.

The Utah State Aggies will be heading into the Bowl match in better regular season form but the above omens look good for Oregon State to provide a close contest in LA and possibly even a double-header Bowl victory for both Oregon teams.

Despite finishing sixth in the PAC-12 the Beavers opened at 7.5-point favorites in the NCAAF betting odds for this fixture, with seven wins against the spread and a higher points margin of victory than Saturday’s opponents.

The 3-0 all-time head-to-head record also favours the Beavers in this one and the stats combined are providing as big as 80% winning probability for Oregon; whilst other sources are giving the Aggies +220 on the moneyline to win.

Sportsbooks have set a total of 67 points for the matchup, which gets under way at 4:30pm local time on Saturday, when Oregon will be looking to their power offense to provide the key to nowl success. 

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