The Oregon State Beavers (2-0) are heading to the desert to take on the Arizona Wildcats (3-1) in a decisive Pac-12 showdown.
Both teams have a lot to gain from emerging victorious in this contest, as they are on the outskirts of the Top 25 polls right now,
Let’s take a look at where you can watch this matchup, some players that are injured and some that should be standouts, explore the Top 25 and BCS implications of the results and make a prediction on the final score.
Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Live Stream: Pac-12
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line: Arizona -2.5 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
Injury Report (via CollegeInjuryReport.com)
WR/TE Terrence Miller—Shoulder—QST
DL Justin Washington—Suspension—QST
No Major Injuries to Report
BCS/Top 25 Implications
Arizona just fell from the Top 25 after being dismantled by the Oregon Ducks, but they have a chance to climb back in with a good performance against the Beavers.
Oregon State is back in the rankings for the first time since October of 2010, after they knocked off the then No. 13-ranked Wisconsin Badgers and No. 19 UCLA Bruins in back-to-back contests.
The Beavers could continue ascending the ranks with a victory over another tough Pac-12 foe on Saturday, strengthening their chances to win the Pac-12 North and play for the conference championship.
Oregon State Player to Watch: Storm Woods
The freshman RB put together a solid display of power, speed and athleticism against the Bruins this past Saturday.
He finished the day with 96 yards and a game-winning TD on 21 carries.
If he can continue to move the chains and keep Arizona’s high-powered offense off of the field, there is a good chance that the Beavers start this season 3-0.
Arizona Player to Watch: Matt Scott
While Scott has solid numbers for the 2012 season (110-of-167, 1,205 yards, seven touchdowns, four interceptions), he only managed to connect on 22-of-44 pass attempts for 210 yards against the Ducks.
Even worse, the normally stellar QB threw three interceptions to the defense and didn’t give the Wildcats a chance to win.
Head coach Rich Rodriguez’s offense has proven to be prolific with Scott under center, but he’s got to be smarter with the football in this one.
Prediction: Oregon State 32, Arizona 28
The Beavers are going to pull yet another upset and continue their undefeated march through the early portions of the season.
They have been firing on all cylinders in their only two contests of 2012, and will beat yet another overrated team in Arizona this coming weekend.
OSU will not be challenged until they take on Arizona State on Nov. 3 and then face the currently No. 8 ranked Stanford on Nov. 10. Should they manage to get past those foes unscathed, the impending Nov. 24 matchup against Oregon becomes one of the most intriguing college games of the year.