USC over Ore­gon St by 28

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

In Dante’s In­ferno, hell is de­picted as nine con­cen­tric cir­cles of tor­ment lo­cated within the Earth. We think it’s time to add a 10th ring, one that runs straight through Cor­val­lis, Ore­gon – end­ing in the of­fice of the head foot­ball coach for the Ore­gon State Beavers. Sub­mit­ted for your ap­proval, the story of cur­rent HC Gary An­der­sen. In 2013, An­der­sen took over the top spot at Wis­con­sin after Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas. An­der­sen’s record in two sea­sons at Madi­son? 20-7, with two bowl ap­pear­ances. And so far at OSU? Mr. An­der­sen owns a lost-in-The-Ma­trix record of 7-22, in­clud­ing a dis­as­trous 3-17 record in Pac-12 play. Now he has to lead his Beavers against the hordes of Troy – in a Coli­seum, no less – who are still spit­ting fire over last week’s loss to Wash­ing­ton State. But be­fore we pile more mis­ery onto coach An­der­sen, we should note that THIS is his best ATS role, go­ing 14-5 as a dou­ble-digit road dog. His Beavers also don’t shy away from the role of big un­der­dogs, go­ing 4-0 ATS of late as con­fer­ence dogs of 21 or more points. How­ever, Ore­gon State has lost 10 fum­bles so far this sea­son, not en­cour­ag­ing against an ornery, phys­i­cal USC de­fense. Yes, the se­ries host is 8-2 ATS the last 10 meet­ings but the Tro­jans were out­gained 462-327 – and had the ball for only 24:33 – in their first loss to WSU since 2002 last Fri­day. We’re not anxious to lay 5 TDs with this bipo­lar bunch so we’ll watch from the LazY-Boy while we lis­ten to ‘Up Down’ on the ra­dio.

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