Daily Picks 11/08: Beavers A Dam Good Bet
College Football fans should be excited for this Friday night in college football.
UCF will take on Tulsa in an American Athletic Conference matchup and Washington will travel to Oregon State to take on the Beaves in a Pac-12 Conference battle.
Here’s a closer look at those matchups
UCF @ Tulsa (+17.5), ESPN2, 7:00 PM ET:
UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel completed 21 of 30 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns, and wide receiver Tre Nixon had six receptions for 123 yards and two scores for the Knights in a 44-29 win over Houston.
Tulsa, on the other hand, is currently on a five-game losing streak.
Quarterback Zach Smith completed 17 of 33 passes for 270 yards and one score, and wide out Keylon Stokes had three catches for 78 yards and one touchdown for Tulsa in a 38-26 loss to Tulane.
Justin McMillan threw one touchdown pass and ran for three more to lead Tulane in the win.
I don’t think Tulsa has any chance at winning this football game, however, I do believe the Golden Hurricane have a legitimate opportunity to cover the 17.5-point spread against UCF.
At the time of writing, nearly 80 percent of the public money is on UCF to cover the three-score spread. I think that is a high enough percent on one side to go the other way and feel confident about it.
If you’re looking to put money on this one, take Tulsa plus the points here.
Pick: Tulsa (+17.5) @ -111
Washington @ Oregon State (+10), FS1, 10:30 PM ET:
The Huskies will look to get back on track after suffering a two-game skid to two quality opponents ranked in the top 10 in the country in Oregon and Utah.
Washington quarterback Jacob Eason completed 29 of 52 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns, and wide receiver Hunter Bryant had six receptions for 105 yards and two scores in a 33-28 loss to Utah.
It was the third loss at home this season for the Huskies.
Oregon State will look to make it three wins in a row after victories over California and Arizona.
Quarterback Jake Luton completed 20 of 26 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns, running back Artavis Pierce had 114 rushing yards on 14 carries with one score, and wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins caught seven passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns for Oregon State in a 56-38 win over Arizona.
Jermar Jefferson added 105 yards on 22 carries with three more touchdowns for the Beavers in the win.
Both Washington and Oregon State are nearly identical offensively. The Huskies average 34.9 points per contest with 416.1 total yards, while Oregon State average 33.6 points and 431.0 yards per game.
I’m not sure who exactly will pull out the victory, but I believe Oregon State will do enough to carry the 10-point spread at home.
Take the Beavers plus the points here.
Pick: Oregon State (+10) @ -110
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By Dan Canova
Expert handicapper known for his deep knowledge of all things NBA and his ability to pick winners.