Stan­ford over ORE­GON ST by 27

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

The Thurs­day night­cap finds yet an­other di­vi­sion leader play­ing a con­fer­ence cel­lar dweller as the Cardinal (5-2, 4-1) look to pad their re­sume against an Ore­gon State (1-6, 0-4) team that now takes on the per­sona of a Pac-12 punch­ing bag af­ter HC Gary An­der­sen (7-23 in twoplus sea­sons in Cor­val­lis) left over $12 mil­lion on the ta­ble and bailed on the dam-builders fol­low­ing a fifth straight FBS loss of 28 or more points at USC the first Satur­day in Oc­to­ber. Now while the but­ter-fin­gered Beavers (only lowly San Jose State has lost more fum­bles) did show some spunk in a 36-33 loss to Colorado 12 days ago un­der in­terim head coach Cory Hall, we’re not ready to back them in this matchup as Stan­ford has won the last seven meet­ings (6-1 ATS), hold­ing the Beavers to 15 or less points in five of them. We will say, though, it’s al­ways a risky propo­si­tion lay­ing over three touch­downs on the road with a de­fense that is yield­ing over 416 yards per game. Nonethe­less, we’re out of en­ergy (and Vi­a­gra) as fad­ing th­ese Beavers marks a fourth straight lay. Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27

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