Oregon State Beavers vs Utah Utes football sneak peek: players to watch, stats, early betting odds

Oregon State Beavers vs Utah Utes football sneak peek: players to watch, stats, early betting odds ...

Oregon State will face Utah in a Pac-12 division battle at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Reser Stadium.

Heres a look at the game for yall:

Utah at Oregon State University at Utah State.

When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31st, is the day that all weekenders gather in the park to enjoy a relaxing time.

Where: Reser Stadium

Utah (4-2, 3-0), Oregon State (4-2-2, 1-1)

Series history of the series. Series origins.

Tied 11-11-1. Utah has won the past five games, including last year, when the Utes defeated OSU 30-24 in Salt Lake City. The Beavers' last win over Utah came in 2013, when they won 51-48 in overtime.

Utah star power is a testament to Utah's star strength.

Cameron Rising is a rising star. Utahs offense is now on a tear as the sophomore quarterback is promoted to starter. Rising saw the Utes defeat USC and Arizona State to take over first place in the Pac-12 South. Rising, who has played in five games, is 77 of 118 for 872 yards and nine touchdowns. Rising has also shown double threat abilities as he has rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Britain Covey is a former British television host. The junior receiver is one of the Pac-12s top all-purpose performers. Covey leads the Utes with 23 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. He averages 17 yards per punt return. Covey has been around a while, starting his Utes career in 2015 before embarking on solitary duty for two years. Covey has 1,668 career receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

Devin Lloyd is a songwriter and instructor who lives in Dallas. Devi Lloyd's voice is Devian Lloyd. On the short list for Pac-12 defensive player of the year. Lloyd, a two-time all-conference selection at linebacker, leads Utah with 61 tackles and 11 tackle for loss. Lloyd has also recorded four sacks, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery.

Brant Kuithe, Bran Branit Kuitthe In last year's game against OSU, the junior tight end made a career-high eight catch. Kuithe has 102 catches for 1,287 yards and 10 touchdowns during his career.

Mika Tafua, Miki Tasuawa, Micha Takafoua The Utes left tackle has 512 tackles for loss and a team-high 412-sack mark.

Of note: Of interest is the following.

Oregon State is now 1-2 after a bye under coach Jonathan Smith. Nevertheless, the results are encouraging. In 2018, the Beavers lost to Cal 49-7, but they must pull a line through that one as nearly every performance during Smiths first year was ludicrous. OSU's 2019 season ended with two byes. The Beavers performed well, but lost to Stanford 31-28 in the first off week. OSU defeated Arizona 56-38 in Tucson after the second bye.

Point spread Points spread across the board

3 utes, 3 Utes by 3

35% chance of winning (1-5 scale): 33% chance to win (1/5 scale).

Oregon State, the Pac-12 North co-leader, takes on Utah, in sole possession of first place in the South. The Utes are hot, while the Beavers were similarly hot before falling to Washington State. If OSU wins this game, its easy to see the Beavers extending their four-game winning streak with Cal, Colorado, and Stanford following. Utah, on the other hand, is the Beavers most formidable opponent to date. The Utes' rushing defense is good, but not impossible to attack. Oregon State cannot win this game with its conference-leading running game alone. The Beavers must get back to making their passing game count. Theres also the issue of emotions. Utah has been through the wringer of late, following the death of teammate Aaron Lowe on Sept. 26. In what quantity do the Utes still have to go?

Early prediction is essential.

Oregon State 28, Utah 27, Oregon 47, Oregon 28, Oregon 27, Utah 27

--Nick Daschel | ndaschel@oregonian.com | @nickdascher --nick Dasche | #nickdeschel @orgonian.

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