The upstart Beavers possess a potent ground attack. Will the Utes be able to slow it down Saturday in Corvallis?

By Jeff Call Oct 21, 2021, 1:19pm MDT

One of the biggest surprises in the Pac-12 this season has been Oregon State.

The Beavers were picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North in the preseason media poll. But midway through the 2021 campaign, they are tied for first place with Oregon.

With four total wins, OSU is just two wins away from becoming bowl eligible. That’s a big deal in Corvallis, considering the Beavers haven’t had a winning season or been bowl-eligible since 2013.

But OSU is coming off a 31-24 loss at Washington State on Sept. 9, which was followed by a bye week.

Saturday (5:30 p.m. MDT, Pac-12 Network), the Beavers are back home at Reser Stadium when they host Utah, which has won three consecutive games, is all alone in first place in the Pac-12 South, and is undefeated in conference play.

The Utes are seeking their sixth consecutive victory over Oregon State.

“We’ve got a lot of challenges, starting this week with Oregon State,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “It’s a really good football team.”

“It’s a great team we’re playing against,” said Utah quarterback Cam Rising. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”