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Oregon State Vs. ASU: Can Beavers Keep Offense Going With Cody Vaz?

Can the Oregon State Beavers beat the Arizona State Sun Devils with Cody Vaz at quarterback over Sean Mannion? Building The Dam and Northwest Sports Beat give us their input on the contest.

Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

What is your prediction for the game and why?

Andy Wooldridge, Building the Dam: I think its likely to be a relatively high scoring game, much more so than in Seattle, probably something on the order of 34-27. Which will be an accomplishment for the Oregon St. offense, which hasn't had a productive game at Reser.

The expectation is Markus Wheaton will be healthy, and his being productive will determine which side of that score Oregon St. winds up on.

Jonathan Irwin, Northwest Sports Beat: Something reminiscent of the OSU vs. UCLA game. Close game, with standouts on both sides of the ball for both teams. Only difference is it should be higher scoring, especially with the way ASU has been moving the ball lately. 30-24 Beavers.

James Crabtree-Hannigan, Building the Dam: Beavers 27 Sun Devils 24.

The Beavers will be too fired up and angry to lose, and come back in the second half to knock off Arizona State on a late 4th-quarter touchdown drive capped by a Storm Woods touchdown reception.

Was Sean Mannion over Cody Vaz a mistake? If you were Coach Riley, how would you have handled the quarterback situation?

Andy Wooldridge, Building the Dam: Starting Mannion wasn't a mistake, but not pulling him out after the 3rd interception was. Mannion wasn't sharp or consistent all night, and with the way Washington was possessing the ball, there weren't going to be enough chances for a comeback by waiting as long as Coach Riley did.

Jonathan Irwin, Northwest Sports Beat: Mannion was cleared as healthy and practiced all week, so starting him wasn't a mistake. But he got progressively worse as the night went on, and he should have never started that second half. In the least, Riley should have pulled him after his third interception.

James Crabtree-Hannigan, Building the Dam: All reports from practice said Mannion looked mobile and healthy, and he'd been clear to play against Utah. I don't think starting him was a bad decision, despite what the selective memory of Beaver fans may tell them about Cody Vaz's starts. He had a brutal stretch during the BYU game, and didn't look all that effective against Utah. Nonetheless, Mike Riley needed to make a switch at QB during halftime, or at the very least after interception number 3 at the beginning of the 4th quarter.