Oregon State 2018 Betting Preview: The Worst Power 5 Team in the Country

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Oregon State 2018 Betting Odds

  • To win the National Title: +999999
  • To win the Pac 12: +100000
  • To win the Pac 12 North: +16000
  • Win Total: 2.5 (over +135, under -165)

Always shop for the best line.

Oregon State 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds

The Action Network Projected Wins: 2.8

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Oregon State Under wins 2.5 (-165)

There are 100 different college football previews of Oregon State across the internet, and I am here to do two things differently.

One is say something nice — OSU should win a game! The other is recommending something to bet that’s not so nice. Most outlooks for the Beavers are doom and gloom, and they are spot-on.

Oregon State is power rated in a tier all to itself in the basement of the worst Power 5 conference. I personally have Group of 5 schools such as North Texas and Utah State rated ahead of the Beavers.

There are plenty of negatives to point out. Oregon State is 59th overall in returning production, and those players were 128th in points per game allowed.

The head coach left more than $12 million on the table in the middle of 2017, an unprecedented move when the likes of Bret Bielema are paid the same NOT to coach. With only a single victory in 2017, the new regime committed a wild secondary NCAA violation by recruiting players currently on Hawaii’s roster.

.@HawaiiFootball coach Nick Rolovich shared his thoughts on Oregon State sending recruiting packages to current Hawaii players.

The Beavers were handed a "secondary violation" by the NCAA. #MWFB pic.twitter.com/x4H6vVE29w

— Stadium (@Stadium) July 26, 2018

Things are a mess, and a game as a projected 18-point favorite against Southern Utah may be the only positive day for the program this fall. If it isn’t, I applaud Oregon State for getting beer and wine in Reser Stadium for the first time. That should lead to some more fun moments for fans.

As for the wager on Oregon State, it’s all Under 2.5 wins (-165). Southern Utah should be a victory, as the Thunderbirds lose plenty of talent and rank just 28th in the FCS preseason poll.

The Beavers travel to their other possible wins against Colorado and Nevada. While the Buffs are 123rd overall in returning production with a rebuild of their own, Nevada is primed to breakout offensively in the Mountain West. Oregon State will probably need both those games to go over 2.5 wins.

What else you need to know about Oregon State

Oregon State is 4-12 ATS as a home favorite since 2013, and this will apply against Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds still have a capable offense and some of the best Big Sky offensive linemen. Look at the bright side Beavers fans … you did just win a national title in baseball.

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