Stanford Cardinal vs. Oregon State Beavers: Betting Odds, Preview and Pick

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 03:  Head coach David Shaw of the Stanford Cardinals leads his team with quarterback Kevin Hogan #8 of the Stanford Cardinals against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 3, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. The Cardinal defeated the Buffaloes 48-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Both Stanford and Oregon State feel they've got a chance to win the Pac-12's North Division.

One of them will lose that feeling Saturday afternoon at Stanford Stadium (3 p.m. ET, Fox) and oddsmakers believe the Beavers will be that team.

Coming off three wins in four games, Oregon State remained a five-point road dog in this Pac-12 battle, according to most sportsbooks tracked by

The Cardinal opened this season 3-0, with wins over San Jose State, Duke and USC, which was a big deal at the time. Stanford then lost two of its next three games, blowing a late lead and falling at Washington, outscoring Arizona 54-48 in overtime but losing in OT at Notre Dame 20-13 with some interference from the zebras.

Since then, though, the Cardinal have won three straight, beating Cal 21-3, Washington State 24-17 and, last week, Colorado 48-0.

The Beavers, meanwhile, opened this year by winning their first seven games. OSU knocked off Wisconsin 10-7, then went on the Pac-12 road and beat UCLA 27-20 and Arizona 38-35. The Beavs followed that up with a 19-6 win over Wazzu, a 42-24 non-conference victory over BYU and a 21-7 win over Utah.

But Oregon State's run at perfection came to end two weeks ago in a 20-17 loss to Washington. The Beavers outgained the Huskies by over 100 yards, but QB Sean Mannion threw four interceptions.

The Beavers bounced back last week, rallying from an early 14-3 deficit to beat Arizona State 36-26.

So the Beavers and Cardinal, both 5-1 in Pac-12 play, sit in a tie for second place in the North Division, one game back of 6-0 Oregon.

Both of these teams will start their back-up quarterbacks Saturday. Freshman Kevin Hogan is taking over for the inefficient Josh Nunes of Stanford, while Cody Vaz is filling in for the injured Mannion of Oregon State.

Both QBs might be forced to prove themselves in the passing game Saturday, considering the Cardinal rank No. 1 in the nation vs. the run, allowing just 56 YPG, while OSU ranks fifth, giving up just 92 YPG rushing.

Also, the OVER/UNDER on this game sits at 44.5. Some handicappers point to database results showing nine of 11 meetings since 2000 going UNDER the total as a reason to try the UNDER bet.

Stanford has won the last two games in this series. Last year, the Cardinal beat the Beavers 38-13, piling up 500 yards of offense, 300 on the ground and covering the spread as 20-point favorites.

Free Pick: On paper this looks like a very even matchup. On the field, we take the points with Oregon State. (courtesy of

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