By George Chen
Stanford (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (4-2, 1-2)
Michael Peterson: Stanford 17, Oregon State 14
Stanford has still never lost in back-to-back games under David Shaw, and I don’t expect this game to buck that trend. The Cardinal enter the game banged up on defense and coming off an indescribably poor performance on offense, but the senior leadership on this team is too strong and the talent level is still too good for the team to slip up against a Beavers team that, while talented and vastly underrated, is outmatched. This game will be closer than the betting line (-13) and the Pac-12’s top two defenses should make it a long day for both offenses. In the end, Stanford will generate just enough offense to win.
Winston Shi: Stanford 13, Oregon State 10
While Stanford’s defensive line rotation has been beyond decimated (quite literally, in fact), I see this as another game that the Cardinal would have to try very hard to lose. In a very even Pac-12 Conference, OSU can definitely take on most teams on its day, but as with Washington State, Stanford should be able to out-talent the opposition, especially at home. That’ll be enough for Stanford to win, but I don’t see the Cardinal covering the spread and I certainly don’t see an impressive victory in the works. A win’s still a win, though.
Do-Hyoung Park: Stanford 10, Oregon State 13
I guess I’m going to be “that guy” that picks the opposing team this week, but don’t you remember what happened the last two times we unanimously picked Stanford to win a close game? But I swear I’m not picking Oregon State to be “that guy.” I legitimately think that Stanford has a good chance to lose this game. Like the last two meetings, this will be a low-scoring game, but we haven’t seen Stanford — normally so stout in such situations — win a close, low-scoring game this season. Given that Stanford has already lost to USC at home, I’m not going to give home-field advantage much clout (for what advantage it’s been this year in the Pac-12, anyway). If Stanford wants to win this game, it needs to jump out ahead early, and with the state of the offense, I just don’t see that happening. In a close game, advantage Beavers — I’d rather have Sean Mannion than Kevin Hogan leading a come-from-behind scoring drive in the fourth quarter, and I’d rather have Trevor Romaine than Jordan Williamson up to kick with the game on the line.
Ashley Westhem: Stanford 14, Oregon State 13
The Beavers are coming off of a tough beating from Utah last weekend, losing in double overtime and suffering some injuries on the offensive side of the ball in the process. This game is a make or break one for the Cardinal. It’s the chance to redeem themselves in front of alumni at homecoming, more necessary than ever given the swirling rhetoric about the end of a great era of Stanford football. I refuse to accept those sentiments, so I’m going to predict a win, despite the uneasy feeling I get whenever I think about the team. With both offenses struggling but both defenses turning out consistently solid performances, it’ll be a physical, low-scoring game.
David Cohn: Stanford 20, Oregon State 14
Last year’s contest between the Cardinal and the Beavers was a low-scoring slugfest, and this year’s matchup figures to be more of the same. If Stanford’s offense performs the way it did in the Arizona desert, the team can lose to anyone in the conference. However, a close loss to USC this season aside, Stanford has performed extremely well within the friendly confines of Stanford Stadium over the last four years. A trip to Eugene may be a whole different challenge, but I think the offense rebounds enough to help see off OSU.