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Utah vs. Oregon State 2023 College Football Week 5 Odds, Preview & Pick

By Jeff Stinger

On Friday, two of the top teams in college football throw down when the Utah Utes travel to Oregon State to take on the Beavers. Utah is undefeated without quarterback and leader Cam Rising taking a single step onto the field. Will Rising starting on Friday lead to a Utah upset victory? Or will Oregon State QB D.J. Uiagalelei lead his squad to the win? Check out college football odds, analysis, and a free pick for Utah at Oregon State.

Utah Utes vs. Oregon State Beavers Game Information

  • When: Friday, September 29, 2023, 9:00 PM ET
  • Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
  • TV: FS1
  • Radio: 97.3 ESPN (Utah) // WDNC 620 AM (Oregon State)
  • Live Stream: WatchESPN
  • College Football Odds: Utah (+3.5) // Oregon State (-3.5)

Why Bet on the Utah Utes?

Ask Utah and their fans why the team is undefeated and they will point to the defense. Utah’s D is proving to be one of the best units in the nation.

The Utes already have three signature wins, versus SEC squad Florida, on the road against Baylor, and at home versus UCLA. In all three, the Utes held their opponents to 13 points or less. Baylor is the team that scored 13.

UCLA, which has one of the top offenses in the nation, scored 7. Florida, another high-scoring team, scored 11. Utah’s defense allows around 50 rushing yards and about 213 passing yards per game.

Quarterback Nate Johnson doesn’t post Cam Rising stats. But Johnson runs Utah’s offense as efficiently as any quarterback running an offense in the nation.

Johnson knows that until Rising returns, his job is to not make mistakes, make smart throws, rush the ball when he sees an opening, and hand the ball off to Utah’s bevy of strong running backs. So far, it’s worked.

Why Bet on the Oregon State Beavers?

The Beavers’ D is almost on par with Utah’s. Oregon State allows less than 18 points per game from 324.8 total yards. Opponents pass for 255 yards and 69.8 per game versus Oregon State.

Linebacker Easton Mascarenas-Arnold has 36 total tackles on the season after 4 games. Mascarenas-Arnold anchors a defense that held Washington State to 10 second half points in a close 38-35 loss in College Football Week 5.

Led by quarterback D.J. Uagalelei, Oregon State’s offense is one of the best in the nation. The Beavers average 39.5 points from 459.5 total yards.

The offensive balance impresses. Uagalelei throws for 234.8 yards each game while the Beavers rush for 224.8.

Another thing that impresses about the Beavers’ offense? The unit has committed a single turnover, a Uagalelei pick.

Utah vs. Oregon State Betting Trends

  • Utah is 6-1 SU in the last 7 games.
  • The Utes are 4-8 ATS in ita last 12 games against Oregon State.
  • The total went under in 4 of Utah’s last 5 games.
  • Oregon State is 7-1 SU in the last 8 games.
  • Beavers are 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games.
  • The total went over in 4 of Oregon State’s last 6 games.

Utah vs. Oregon State Expert Betting Predictions

Oregon State has an advantage because this happens on the Beavers’ field, but Utah is battle tested. In their first game versus Florida, Utah showed their defense can hang with any in the nation.

The Utes should only be better once Cam Rising steps onto the grass. Most expect him to play. However, coach Kyle Wittingham has yet to state that Rising will pilot the Utes’ offense. Even if Cam doesn’t play, Utah’s defense will contain Ugaialelei and the Beavers’ offense, which is why the best play in this matchup is on the money line. Utah pulls off the road upset victory.

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