It's week seven of the college football season. The KVAL Sports team gives their predictions for the Arizona State vs. Oregon and Brigham Young vs. Oregon State game.
Arizona State vs. Oregon
Tom: No LaMichael, no problem. As we’ve seen before, injuries to key players don’t usually slow down Chip Kelly’s offense. Kenjon Barner will start, and the Ducks will also work the Quack Mamba, De’Anthony Thomas, into the running game along with Tra Carson. But that’s assuming Oregon won’t simply do what it did last year in Tempe: torture the Sun Devils through the air. Darron Thomas threw for 260 yards and two TD’s against the Devils in 2010, and ran four yards for another. And don’t forget, it was against ASU last season that the UO defense had one of its most impressive performances-they gave up 597 yards, but forced seven turnovers, returning two for touchdowns. ASU: 21 Oregon: 42
Nick: Don’t let ESPN fool you, just because LaMichael James won’t be playing doesn’t mean the Ducks will lose much against the Devils. Want to see De’Anthony Thomas back in the national TV spotlight, NOT fumbling footballs? We will. Kenjon Barner will make sure no one forgets about what he is capable of either. Brock Osweiler will get his yards through the air, but Oregon wins a 20th straight game at Autzen Stadium against a team that more than likely comes back to Eugene for the inaugural Pac-12 title game, if the Ducks get past Stanford next month. ASU: 27 Oregon: 38
Dirk: The Sun Devils are number one in the conference in turnover margin, having 18 takeaways is six games. Conversely, the Ducks are eighth in the Pac-12 with five turnovers and just four takeaways. I think things turn around for Oregon in this game. The Ducks’ secondary dropped several interceptions last week against Cal, but I think they get at least one on Saturday. Oregon will win its seventh straight against ASU. ASU: 31 Oregon: 37
Phil: This could be a 'pre-match' of the Pac-12 Championship later this season. But right now, I think this game means a lot more to Oregon. ASU pretty much has the South division locked up. But Oregon is still battling with Stanford in the North. Plus, Oregon is still fighting to be a National Championship contender. LMJ being out is not that big of a deal. He maybe the best running back in the country, but his backups are really good. ASU’s defense will keep them in the game, but its offense won’t be able to win the game. ASU: 24 Oregon: 31
Brigham Young vs. Oregon State
Tom: The Beavers are getting better and gaining confidence right before our eyes. A week ago against Arizona, we saw the maturation of Sean Mannion, the only freshman starting QB at a BCS conference school. When the OSU offense needed to come through with a drive late in the Arizona game, it did. And when the defense needed to keep the ‘Cats out of the end zone twice in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, it did. Bottom line, Oregon State now appears to be much better than their 1-4 record. Meanwhile, BYU has a record of 4-2 in six games against teams with a combined win/loss record of 15-16. With another decent crowd at Reser on Saturday, Oregon State has the edge at home. BYU: 24 OSU: 31
Nick: No matter what I have done this season, I haven’t been able to figure out the Beavers. No doubt, progress has been made the past two weeks and I would expect it to continue. (but that doesn’t mean much with my track record.) It sure would be nice to see Malcolm Agnew get back, right now he is listed as probable. Is he really that good or did he just rack up the numbers against Sacramento State? Maybe we find out Saturday against a BYU team that could allow the Beavs to feel good heading up to Seattle next Saturday night to play the Cougs at the ‘Clink.’ (Random score I know, but so be it) BYU: 19 OSU: 29
Dirk: The Beavers may have turned the corner… finally. The defense is improving and they’re getting healthier. BYU got destroyed by Utah earlier this year 54-10. This is not 1984 and Robbie Bosco is not the quarterback. I like OSU to get its second victory. BYU: 13 OSU: 31
Phil: They Beavers are just about as healthy as they’ve been all season. It seems like Malcolm Agnew and Jovan Stevenson will both play, which is great news for the Oregon State offense. Sean Mannion continues to get better in every game he plays, and I expect that to continue this week. On defense, the Beavers will have their hands full with Riley Nelson, an athletic quarterback who can throw and run. But I like the way the d-line has been playing. I expect them to rush Nelson and force him to make mistakes as Oregon State has forced eight turnovers over the past two games. BYU: 17 OSU: 28
After six weeks, Tom is still in the lead. Tom and Phil were equally as close on the scores from last week, so they get an extra half point. Phil passed up Nick, and Dirk is STILL in last place. Tell him to stick to the pros.
1.Tom Ward: 8-2, (10.5), 2. Phil Milani: 7-3 (8.5), 3. Nick Krupke: 7-4 (8), 4. Dirk Weishaar: 6-4, (6),
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