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Oregon State Beavers vs Montana State Bobcats 2022 football preview, matches, time, TV channel, odds, how to watch

The Oregon State Beavers wrap up the non-conference portion of the team’s 2022 schedule when they host Montana State at 5 p.m. Saturday at Providence Park.

This is the first time Oregon State and Montana State of the FCS Big Sky Conference have played.

Here is an overview:

Montana State to Oregon State

Time: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Providence Park, Portland

Coaches: Jonathan Smith of OSU (fifth year, 18-28), Brent Vigen of Montana State (second year, 14-3)

last line: Beavers at 13½

TV channel: Pac-12 network (Xfinity Comcast 420/421/720, Dish 406, Charter Spectrum 332/452)

How to watch a live stream online: You can watch this match live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial) or with TV Sling (promotional offers) if you are out of fuboTV trials, or just prefer this platform and its pricing plans. You can also watch this game live on Pac-12 Live with your cable or satellite provider login details.

Channel finder, more ways to watch: Verizon Fios, AT&T to U, Comcast/Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, coxswain, DIRECTV, Plate.

Live: Radio on KEX (1190), KPOJ (620), Sirius 137, Sirius XM 203, Sirius XM App 966

Oregon State Offense vs. Montana State Defense

It’s hard to get a sense of the quality of Montana State’s defense because the opposition has been poor. The Bobcats gave up an average of 281 yards, while creating five turnovers, in two games. The opposition completes less than 50% of their passes. But Oregon State’s offense is not McNeese State or Morehead State. Montana State will be challenged to manage the Beavers’ offensive line. If the Bobcats’ defensive front can’t stand up to OSU, the Beavers could run all day and never look back. Among MSU’s defensive stars are tackle Sebastian Valdez (4½ sacks) and linebackers Danny Uliulakepa (12 tackles, a team record), Callahan O’Reilly (two interceptions, one fumble recovery.)

Look to Oregon State to polish its running game. It was better a week ago. The Beavers’ starting offensive line averages 305 pounds per player, a huge advantage on the MSU front. Deshaun Fenwick and Damien Martinez will have plenty of opportunities to shine. Quarterback Chance Nolan has yet to host a full game. The Beavers will want to see consistency from their fifth-year junior. OSU will be without tight end Luke Musgrave, giving Jake Overman and others a chance to show what they can do in the passing game.

Oregon State Defense vs. State of Montana Offense

Montana State makes heavy use of RPOs, with quarterbacks Tommy Mellott and Sean Chambers in a starring role. Mellott is the starter and has rushed 21 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. But he’s become an effective passer, as Mellott is 28 of 42 for 464 yards and four touchdowns this season. Chambers, who started half of the 2021 season at Wyoming before transferring to MSU, is also playing. He has 14 carries for 150 yards and four touchdowns. Montana State’s backfield is thin as the team’s leading running back, Isaiah Ifanse, is injured. Lane Sumner leads the way with 159 rushing yards. But Sumner is stoned. It is not certain that he will play. The Bobcats’ leading receivers in two games are Ravi Alston (8 for 144, 1 touchdown), Willie Patterson (3 touchdowns) and Treyton Pickerton (6-115).

The Beavers are looking to return to their dominant first-half ways in Game 1 against Boise State, when they forced four turnovers and shut out the Broncos. Since then, OSU has given up quite a few yards, although suffocating in the red zone. Look for Oregon State’s defensive front to stop the Bobcats’ run and put MSU in plenty of third-and-long situations. The Beavers, who had five takeaways in the season opener, had none last week. The focus is on creating some turnovers on Saturday. Oregon State will also be looking to improve the passing rush, as it was spotty against Fresno State.

Note matching

Oregon State’s top seven against Montana State’s quarterback duo. The Beavers got a taste of a quarterback against Boise State when backup Taylen Green played the last three quarters. OSU had no game scheduled for Green, but they will work with a roadmap to contain Mellott and Chambers. If the Beavers force MSU to pass, it’s game over.

Quick Notables

This is Oregon State’s first game in Portland since 1986, when the Beavers lost to UCLA 49-0.

When Oregon State won in the final game against Fresno State, it was the first time it had happened since 2008 (Arizona, 19-17).

The Beavers rank fourth in the nation in average yards per pass play at 17.62 yards.

OSU is 7 of 7 in the red zone (five touchdowns, two field goals).

The Beavers defense has seven 3-and-outs in two games. OSU did not reach that number in the 2021 season until Game 5.

Former Beaver Jeffrey Manning starts at free safety for Montana State.

Since 2000, the Bobcats are 0-5 against Pac-12 schools. Four of the losses occurred in Washington state.

Prediction

Oregon State 44, Montana State 13

–Nick Daschel | ndaschel@oregonian.com | @nickdaschel

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