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Cardinal take on Beavers in Week 9 contest

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In what is suddenly a very important game in the Pac-12's North Division 6-1 Oregon State, still trying to track down that first Rose Bowl berth in almost 50 years, hosts 6-1 Stanford Saturday night for Homecoming in Corvallis (10:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The Beavers are 4-0 in conference play, after winning two Pac-12 road games in a row, over Washington State and Cal.

The Cardinal, meanwhile, is 4-1 in Pac-12 play, bouncing back after its upset loss to Utah with a 24-10 victory over UCLA Saturday.

In the early betting Stanford, which has beaten OSU three years in a row, was favored by five points over the Beavers.

This season the Beavers are 6-1 overall and 4-3 ATS against the number, while the Cardinal are 6-1 and 3-4 ATS. As for the totals, Oregon State is 5-2 on the OU, and Stanford is 4-3.

View Stanford Cardinal vs Oregon State Beavers Odds and Stats.

Several shops tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada) set the point spread at 6 in favor of the home side. NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Beavers rated this week at No. 9 and the Cardinal sitting at No. 21. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 44-42 result in favor of the Beavers this week.

Last time out for Stanford, they were a 24-10 winner as they battled UCLA at home. Stanford covered in the match as a 4-point favorite, while 34 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oregon State's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 44.14 PPG, against a Cardinal defense that ranks No. 25 this week at 20.43 PPG. The Beavers aerial game is averaging 442.14 yards per game, more than the Cardinal secondary allows through the air, 247.14 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Cardinal feature the league's No. 64-rated road run defense, allowing 172 yards per game. Oregon State, meanwhile, ranks No. 114 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cardinal at Beavers trends to consider:
Stanford is 5-1-1 SU in its last 7 games
Stanford is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Stanford is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Stanford's last 9 games on the road
Oregon State is 4-0-2 SU in its last 6 games
Oregon State is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
Oregon State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Stanford
Oregon State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Stanford

Next up:
Stanford at Oregon, Thursday, November 7th
Oregon State at Southern Cal, Friday, November 1st