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Arizona State-Oregon State Capsule
By The Associated Press
(AP) -- No. 13 Oregon State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) vs. Arizona State (5-3, 3-2), 10:36 p.m. (ESPN 2)
Line: Oregon State by 4 1/2.
Series Record: Arizona State leads 25-12-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Despite suffering its first loss last weekend, Oregon State's 6-1 start is its best under coach Mike Riley. The Beavers join Oregon and USC as the first schools in the Pac-12 to become bowl eligible. Last season Oregon State lost 35-20 to then-No. 25 Arizona State in Tempe, which snapped a three-game Beavers winning streak in the series. The Sun Devils have lost two straight, to Oregon and UCLA, following a three-game winning streak.
Oregon State's passing attack against Arizona State's pass defense. The Beavers are ranked 15th nationally in passing offense, with an average of nearly 312 yards a game, but the Sun Devils' pass defense is yielding just 148.4 average yards passing, third nationally. Oregon State will also be going with QB Cody Vaz, after starter Sean Mannion struggled in a 20-17 loss to Washington last weekend.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
ARIZONA ST: DT Will Sutton: Coach Todd Graham says he is "very encouraged" after seeing Sutton in practice this week, and hopes he'll play on Saturday in Corvallis. Sutton, considered one of the top defensive players in the Pac-12 injured his right knee early in the Sun Devils' 43-21 loss to Oregon on Oct. 18 and hasn't played since.
Oregon State: Vaz. The junior backup started in two games for Mannion when the sophomore starter injured his left knee and won them both. Mannion returned, but struggled with four interceptions last Saturday against the Huskies before Vaz came in and replaced him.
FACTS & FIGURES
Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton, who suffered a concussion in the loss to Washington, was not allowed to practice this week until Thursday and his status for the game was uncertain. Riley says he thinks the apparent helmet-to-helmet hit on Wheaton was a missed call, and the team did not contact the league. ... The Sun Devils have lost three straight at Reser Stadium. ... Arizona State and Oregon State are ranked first and second, respectively, in the Pac-12 when it comes to defense. The Sun Devils are allowing just 322 yards a game, while the Beavers are allowing an average of 344.1. ... Oregon State is allowing opponents to convert on third down just 24.2 percent of the time (23-of-95 attempts), second in the nation.
Updated November 1, 2012