Utah Utes (0-0) vs. Oregon State Beavers (0-0) -7, O/U 52.5, 10 p.m. Eastern Thursday, August 30, 2007
by Jerald of Predictem.com
The Utah Utes come into this game with 10 returning offensive starters and 5 returning defensive starters from the 2006 team that went 8-5 and defeated Tulsa 25-13 in the Armed Forces Bowl.
The Oregon State Beavers return 8 starters on offense and 8 starters on defense from the 2006 team that was 10-4 in 2006 and finished with a 39-38 win against Missouri in the Sun Bowl.
Utah and Oregon State have no recent matchups.
In 2006 the Utah offense averaged 138 yards rushing (3.97 yards per rush) and 227 yards passing while scoring an average of 28.2 points per game. The Utah defense gave up an average of 107 yards rushing (3.07 yards per rush) and 221 yards passing while giving up 20.4 points per game in 2006.
In 2006 the Oregon State offense averaged 120 yards rushing (3.50 yards per rush) and 233 yards passing while scoring an average of 26.9 points per game. The Oregon State defense gave up an average of 103 yards rushing (3.27 yards per rush) and 213 yards passing while giving up 21.0 points per game in 2006.
The Sagarin PREDICTOR ratings at USAToday.com rank the Utes at 36th at 78.91. Oregon State ranks 28th at 80.59.
The Predictem Pick:
We look for this to be a very competitive fairly low scoring game and suggest a wager on under the total of 52.5.
Oregon State 24 Utah 21
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