Next Step: Portland State

With the first game of the Oregon State Beaver football season just about 4 days away, I thought I’d throw some info that I’ve been collecting out there.
The Vikings have had a lot of holes to fill in the off-season. Notably, new QB Sawyer Smith who stands 6-5 and is a good pocket passer. Also, the wide recievers, who include Aloha’s Nic Costa, a UofA transfer, and returning leading reciever Shaun Bodiford.
The Vikings have been banged up injury wise a bit: Costa with a slight hamstring pull, WR Kyle Faulk had a pulled groin. Ed Macon, a starter coming out of spring drills, had surgery on his left foot and is using a red-shirt year.
The Vikings’ drop to the bottom of the Big Sky in passing last year was mostly by design. PSU had Ryan Fuqua and Joe Rubin, two superior runners, at tailback and Walsh had no trouble using them. The Vikings averaged more than 200 yards on the ground and scored nearly 31 points a game.
And while the Vikings were last in the conference in yardage, they were fourth in efficiency.
PSU should be good running the ball. Our DB’s will be tested with Costa, but our O Line should pressure Smith a bit and give him some troubles.
PSU’s Defensive Line is all new, and OSU should be able to get somewhat of a running game going. PSU’s Secondary should give the OSU QB(s) a challenge.
I say the Beavers get out to an early start and take win the game. I think that they will be pretty pumped up playing in their new stadium for the first time. I know I can’t wait to see them in it.
PSU Offense
PSU Passing Game
PSU Defense
Tough Season
Football Places Focus on OSU 

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