13.Nov.2013 Oregon State @ Arizona State
This is just about the worst matchup possible for the Beavs:
- Taylor Kelly is a legit dual threat QB, producing 31 TDs between ground and air.
- ASU has the best coverage unit in the Pac-12. Only allowing 15tds while notching 13 INTs. Mannion will be tested for legitimacy again.
- ASU is averaging 250+ yards on the ground over the last four games.
So, basically anything offensive strength OSU has is mitigated by ASU’s defense, and visa versa.
The Beavs would have to win this game on the ground, controlling the clock, etc, but they aren’t built to do that. So I expect to see ASU run all over the Beavs; the Beavs to play catchup through the air; Mannion to get picked several times as the throws 50+ balls. The desert isn’t going to help, either.
ASU 45, OSU 20
Of course, since OSU is expected to lose, and there’s nothing on the line, Riley may shine in his role as Mr. Meaningless, bringing the Pollys out from under their rock and further confusing the myopic and unobservant fanbase for another decade.