Washington vs. Oregon State prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins Saturday night’s matchup between the Huskies and Beavers.
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
TV Broadcast: Pac-12 Network
All of the talk heading into the season, when it came to Washington, was about the defense. It’s been as good as advertised, but the offense has been quite a surprise. The Huskies are 6-0 and don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. They’re coming off of a bye week, and the last time they took the field, it was barely a contest. Chris Petersen’s team went into Eugene and stomped Oregon, 70-21.
As for Gary Andersen’s club, there have only been two occurrences this season when the Beavers (2-4) were able to come up with a win: Week 3 against Idaho State and Week 6 over Cal. Oregon State’s most recent loss, though, came at home to Utah last weekend. The Beavers trailed, 12-0, at halftime and tried to come back with 14 points in the second half, but they fell short.
The all-time series has been all Huskies. They lead it, 62-34-2, and they’ve taken the last four meetings with the Beavers. Oregon State hasn’t won since 2011 in Corvallis. In last year’s meeting, Washington won on the road, 52-7.
What To Know About Washington
There isn’t much to know except for the facts the Huskies can score in a hurry, and the defense is one of the nastiest in college football. But seriously, Jake Browning has grown up before our very eyes. He’s completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 1,418 yards and 23 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He’s really found a groove with wide receiver John Ross. In the win over Oregon, Browning threw for six touchdowns, and three of them went to Ross. Myles Gaskin provided some pop in the running game with 197 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
The defense has been baffling offenses all season, too. Washington is No. 18 in total defense with 317.5 yards given up per game. Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria are forces to be reckoned with. They’ve combined for 81 total tackles, six fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. With Joe Mathis and Psalm Wooching having combined for 9.5 sacks so far, it’s not easy to score against Petersen’s squad.
What to Know About Oregon State
There is some pretty bad news for the Beavers. Starting quarterback Darell Garretson is out for the season with a broken ankle he suffered in the Utah game. The good news is that isn’t exactly a huge loss for the Oregon State offense. Garretson had only completed 50 percent of his passes for 617 yards with three touchdowns to four interceptions. Backup quarterback Conor Blount is also out with a brace on his left knee, so that means the Huskies will get their shots at redshirt sophomore Marcus McMaryion, who completed 5-of-9 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown when he entered the game versus the Utes. McMaryion’s lone scoring strike went to Hunter Jarmon, which went for 14 yards and was his only catch on the day.
Oregon State did get some production on the ground from Art Pierce and Victor Bolden, who combined for 121 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Before he left the game, Garretson rushed for 35 yards on seven carries.
Offense: Washington – Browning is a stud and has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country so far this season.
Defense: Washington – This isn’t even close. The Huskies are far better on defense.
Special Teams: Oregon State – Neither Garrett Owens nor Cameron Van Winkle have been great kicking the ball, but Bolden has been solid in the return game for the Beavers with 29.3 yards per kick return.
Coaching: Washington – Petersen is a top-10 head coach in college football right now. He clearly knows what he’s doing.
Matchup To Watch
Jake Browning vs. Oregon State defense
This could get ugly. This could get really ugly, really quickly. The Beavers are ranked No. 21 in passing defense, having allowed 179.5 yards per game through the air. But Browning is averaging 236.3 passing yards per game and has the highest quarterback rating in the nation (204.86). If Oregon State doesn’t get a pass rush going and disrupt Browning’s reads, he could end up torching it like he did to Oregon a couple of weeks ago.
Spread: Washington -36.5
Washington vs. Oregon State Prediction
This won’t even be close. Browning is going to toss two touchdowns to Ross, two touchdowns to Dante Pettis and one to Gaskin. The Huskies are going to hop out to an early lead, and the Beavers won’t be able to recover. McMaryion will get rocked by the Washington defense. Gaskin will do work on the ground, too. He’ll rush for at least 75 yards and will find his way into the end zone. McMaryion will have very little protection, and the Huskies will flip the field while controlling the time of possession. It’ll be a piece of cake.
Washington vs. Oregon State Score Prediction: Washington 42, Oregon State 10