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Oregon State after being upset at Stanford 36-28 for Pac-10 lid-lifter, makes cross country trek to University Park to pay visit to JoPa's club. Coach Mike Riley's teams tend to be unpredictable, both good and bad.



2008-09-05

Oregon State after being upset at Stanford 36-28 for Pac-10 lid-lifter, makes cross country trek to University Park to pay visit to JoPa's club. Coach Mike Riley's teams tend to be unpredictable, both good and bad. Quarterback Lyle Moevao 34 for 54 for 404 passing yards last week, however did have two big interceptions. The offense clearly has possibilities to be awfully productive like at the end of last season, when they scored 119 points in last three contests. The return to health of receiver Sammie Stroughter is huge plus, creating more lanes for Rodgers running back tandem to dart through. With just three defensive starters back, defensive coordinator Mark Banker has talent, just not cohesiveness as was shown versus Stanford. Besides the always arduous task of getting to Penn State, (especially from Corvallis) the Beavers are 4-12 ATS on the back end of road straight road games.

While most people didn't know there was a Coastal Carolina university, let alone one that had a football team, Penn State took care of business with its 66-10 massacre. The Nittany Lions offense comes down to how well senior Daryll Clark can perform. The senior has veteran and top notch Big 10 line in front of him and experienced wide receiver core. He will determine if Penn State finishes second or fifth in the conference. Legendary Joe Paterno is feeling pressure from new university administration, that maybe it's his time to move on and name successor. Like his equal Bobby Bowden said, "When you get to be my age, you only think about two things, football and death. Take away football and what's left." Paterno had the unsavory task of letting two defensive tackles go for disciplinary reasons, but could field stop unit as good as last year's. Plus on Thursday, four more players were suspended pending investigation of off-field incident. Penn State is 5-1 and 4-2 ATS versus Pac-10 since joining Big 10.

The Nittany Lions are 16-5 ATS at Beaver Stadium after gaining 475 or more total yards in their previous game. Oregon State fumbled into the end zone killing chances of tying Stanford in the waning moments and is 8-1 ATS after a game where they committed three or more turnovers since 2006. The Beavers are rather ugly 6-20 ATS in road games in September. The Total could be eye-catcher, as Paterno's squads are 20-5 UNDER after scoring 42 points or more last game.

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