Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
The ASU Sun Devils visit the Oregon State Beavers on Sunday. Both teams are coming off close losses, and Oregon State is dealing with a fair amount of uncertainty at quarterback.
After suffering their first loss of the season in Week 9, the Oregon St. Beavers will need to bounce back with a win against the Arizona St. Sun Devils if they want to have any hope of sticking around in the Pac-12 North standings. At 4-1 in conference play, the Beavers stand tied for second place with the Stanford Cardinal, both behind the 5-0 Oregon Ducks.
It was four interceptions from sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion that made the difference for the Beavers in Week 9, but he's likely to be on the sidelines on Saturday. The loss was Mannion's return from a knee injury. Backup Cody Vaz entered the game after Mannion's fourth pick and threw a touchdown to tie the game, but Oregon State's defense couldn't hold on. The Washington Huskies won the game on a late field goal, securing a 20-17 victory. Vaz was 7 for 11 for 97 yards in the game, giving him a 62.3 percent completion percentage with four touchdowns, no interceptions and a 154.9 rating this season.
The ASU Sun Devils also lost on a late field goal in Week 9, on a last-second attempt from the UCLA Bruins. They had some significant defensive holes in that game, with defensive tackle Will Sutton out entirely and defensive end Junior Onyeali and linebacker Steffon Martin both taken out by injury mid-game. All three juniors should be able to play on Saturday, helping out a defensive unit that is averaging only 21.6 points against per game, but has given up more than twice that for two straight weeks.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
Television Schedule: ESPN2
Odds: Beavers favored by 3.5 points