For those of you thinking, ‘Wasn’t the team just in Corvallis last year?’ You would be correct, and not the only person thinking about how the Devils will finish their season with just one home game, as senior defensive back Chase Lucas eluded to his disappointment with finishing his Sun Devil career away from Tempe earlier this week.
But because of the way the schedule worked out, the Devils will be playing in Corvallis once again, where the home team holds arguably the best win in the Pac-12 this season with an upset over then-ranked Oregon.
Here are the players to watch this Saturday night for Oregon State:
Running Back Jermar Jefferson (Jr.)
Jefferson broke out as freshman in 2018, rushing for over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns. He saw his numbers take a slight downturn in his sophomore year, but Jefferson is turning in a strong campaign once again in 2020.
On the season, Jefferson has carried the ball 109 times for 755 yards and seven touchdowns.
Two of those touchdowns came in the win over Oregon. ASU has done well defensively against the run, outside of some good running by Britain Brown of UCLA a few weeks back, but Jefferson is likely their biggest challenge this season.
Wide Receiver Trevon Bradford (Sr.)
Bradford leads the team in receiving. Although this Beaver team has cycled through quarterbacks this year, Bradford, in his fifth season, has provided veteran leadership and reliability with his game for both Tristan Gebbia and Chance Nolan.
In 2020, Bradford has caught 24 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown. At 6-foot, Bradford is not a dominating target with his physicality, but is a really smart route runner and will give this ASU secondary a run for its money.
Sleeper: Wide Receiver Tyjon Lindsey (Jr.)
Lindsey has not played that much this season, and has been targeted infrequently. But there is something that stands out about this 5-foot-9 receiver.
Actually, that thing is a number. Two.
That is the number of touchdowns Lindsey has caught this season, which ties him for the team lead. In a close game, which always seems to happen in Corvallis, ASU will have to keep their eyes on the junior wideout in crunch time.