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No. 7 Arizona State (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12, No. 6 CFP) at Oregon State (4-5, 5-1), 10:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Arizona State by 9 1/2.
Series Record: Arizona St leads 26-13-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Arizona State controls its own destiny in the race toward a second straight appearance in the Pac-12 championship game, but first the Sun Devils will have to get over a chilly night game in Corvallis, where the temperatures are expected to drop below the freezing mark. Oregon State has lost four straight and is struggling in the basement of the Pac-12 North, but the Beavers have been known in the past to pull off big upsets at home.
Arizona State's revitalized offense against Oregon State's defense. Sun Devils QB Taylor Kelly appears fully recovered from a right foot injury that sidelined him earlier in the season. Despite the losing streak, Oregon State's defense is still ranked second (behind Stanford) in the Pac-12 for total defense, allowing opponents 384.7 yards a game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arizona State: WR Jalen Strong has 62 catches for 879 yards and nine touchdowns for the Sun Devils. He has a TD catch in each of the last five games; with one more he would become just the ninth player in ASU history to have 10 scoring catches in a season.
Oregon State: QB Sean Mannion needs one more touchdown pass to match Derek Anderson (2001-04) atop the Beavers' career list with 79. The senior has already eclipsed the Pac-12 record for career passing yards and now has 12,873.
FACTS & FIGURES
Arizona State is undefeated on the road this season. ... The Sun Devils have scored 80 points off turnovers this season, to rank seventh nationally. They've turned 16 forced turnovers into 12 touchdowns this season. ... Oregon State has won four straight games against the Sun Devils at Reser Stadium. ... The Beavers have lost five straight to ranked opponents. ... Oregon State WR Victor Bolden has at least 10 receptions in the past two games. A third 10-catch game would be and Oregon State record. He's averaging 6.4 receptions per game.