|Oregon State running back Storm Woods must continue to run strong against Washington State. (AP)|
Kickoff: Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Spread: Oregon State by 15.5
Watchability: Given the contrast in styles, this is definitely worth a look, though with the way Oregon State QB Sean Mannion is throwing the ball, maybe it's not such a contrast.
Shining stars: Oregon State: Mannion has become a standout for the Beavers, and he's quickly becoming one of the top quarterbacks in the conference. A week after a career-best game against UCLA, he had another career-best against Arizona, throwing for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns. Washington State: Saying that Deone Bucannon is the linchpin of the Washington State defense might be selling him short. He's come up big for the Cougars time and time again, with three interceptions and 21 tackles this year.
Who could steal the show: Oregon State: Talk about a Storm brewing -- running back Storm Woods has increased his rushing total from 36 to 96 to 161 yards in his three games this season. His monster day against Arizona in a tight game might have been the difference: 161 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown. This week, 200? Washington State: Marquess Wilson is playing like a one-man army for the Washington State passing game. Wilson had 12 grabs for 182 yards and a touchdown against Oregon, his fourth career game with 150-plus yards.
You going? Ranking the road trip: Corvallis should be rocking right about now, or it's rocking as much as Corvallis can rock. The Beavers are rolling, coach Mike Riley is having a blast and the town has itself a team.
Magic number for Oregon State: 269. Talk about playmakers -- the Beavers' top two targets, Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton, have combined for 269 yards per game and rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the country in receiving yards per game.
Magic number for Washington State: 45.6. The Cougars will need to find a way to manufacture a running game. With just 45.6 rushing yards per game, Washington State ranks 119 out of 120 teams.
This game comes down to: How the Cougars handle Oregon State's consistency and their own inconsistency. Washington State stayed in the game against Oregon for a half, but then the Ducks simply overwhelmed them. The Beavers are more deliberate, and the Cougars will have to adjust to their tempo.
Prediction: Oregon State 31, Washington State 20