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Oregon State vs. Arizona Football Prediction and Preview

Oregon State vs. Arizona Football Prediction and Preview

Oregon State (OSU) vs. Arizona (UA) Prediction and Preview

Bowl-game aspirations for both Arizona and surprising Oregon State potentially hinge on Saturday's matchup in Tucson.

It's Homecoming Week at Arizona, and could not come at a more needed time for the Wildcats. Since starting 4-1, the Wildcats have dropped three straight to fall to .500, including the last two on the road at USC and Stanford.

The two California defeats followed much different arcs, but with very similar themes: The Wildcats were dominated at USC while having several misfires in Stanford territory that could have tied or given UA leads. In both instances, though, a quarterback question loomed with veteran Khalil Tate and freshman Grant Gunnell.

Oregon State, meanwhile, has played its best football of the last few years. A blowout loss to rolling Utah notwithstanding, the Beavers (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) won two very different looking games against UCLA and Cal. They also took Stanford down to the final possession at the beginning of this stretch, and are just a few plays away from being 5-2. Three wins in the final five would send the Beavers to their first bowl game since 2013.

Oregon State at Arizona

Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Spread: Arizona -5.5

When Oregon State Has the Ball

Oregon State's explosive offense under second-year head coach Jonathan Smith is one of the most fun secrets of the 2019 college football season. Quarterback Jake Luton is playing savvy ball, throwing just one interception against 16 touchdowns on the season. Luton's hooked up frequently with Isaiah Hodgins, who has a strong case as the Pac-12's best receiver of 2019.