Oregon State has a chance to reach its highest win total since 2012 with a win against Arizona State.
The No. 25 Beavers have been on a roll, winning four of their past five games.
In fact, Oregon State is 7-3, including 4-3 in the Pac-12, with its only losses coming to top-15 teams in the nation — No. 7 USC, No. 10 Utah and No. 15 Washington.
The loss two weeks ago at Washington looks better after the Huskies beat No. 12 Oregon at Autzen Stadium last weekend.
The Beavers also delivered a convincing win last Saturday, beating California 38-10.
“For us to play a complete game like that, I was really pleased with it,” Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith said about the win against California.
With a win this Saturday at the Sun Devils, the Beavers will earn their eighth win of the season, the most since they went 9-4 in 2012.
That would be another big step forward for an Oregon State program that went 1-11 in 2017, the year before Smith took over as head coach.
Arizona State has struggled this season to a 3-7 record. The Sun Devils fired head coach Herm Edwards earlier this season.
Arizona State is 2-3 at home this season, and 2-5 in the Pac-12.
“I think Arizona State is a dangerous team. These guys have got some talent,” Smith said. “It’s always tough going down to Arizona, especially late in the year.”
The Beavers are 3-2 away from Reser Stadium.
Beavers have one more game before showdown with Ducks
The Sun Devils are scoring 27.1 points per game (eighth in the conference), and allowing 30.8 points per game (ninth in the conference).
Arizona State is eighth in the Pac-12 in passing offense at 252.5 yards per game.
The Sun Devils have been using two quarterbacks this season — Trenton Bourguet has thrown for 992 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions, and Emory Jones has thrown for 1,533 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
Xazavian Valladay leads Arizona State in rushing with 986 yards on the ground and 15 total touchdowns.
Oregon State is sixth in the conference in scoring at 32.0 points per game, and third in scoring defense at 21.6 points per game.
Ben Gulbranson has thrown for 1,042 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions for the Beavers.
Damien Martinez has rushed for a team-high 729 yards and five touchdowns.
Tre’Shaun Harrison leads Oregon State with 47 catches for 571 yards and four touchdowns.
West Salem graduate Anthony Gould has been a playmaker for the Beavers, with 457 receiving yards, three receiving touchdown, 260 punt return yards and two punt return touchdowns.
Saturday’s game will be the final time the Beavers play before the rivalry showdown against Oregon on Nov. 26.
“These guys are motivated to play. They know they still have special things in front of them,” Smith said. “We’re trying to win as many games as possible.”
About the game
Who: Oregon State vs. Arizona State
When: 11:15 a.m. Saturday
Where: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
Records: Oregon State (7-3); Arizona State (3-7)
Line: Oregon State by 7.5
Prediction: Oregon State 33, Arizona State 20