Cougs to Visit Reser

  Washington State has won their first three games of the season by a average of 47-18. Well, Ok. They’ve squared off against teams with the likes of Idaho, Grambling, and Nevada. Add into the equasion the losses Oregon State has had to Louisville and Arizona State, both top 25 teams, and the victory against a tough team in Boise State, and win over Portland State, and the Beavers have seen some pretty dang good competition. This game will be Washington State’s first real test of the season. For the second time in three games, Oregon State will play a team that is coming off of a Bye. The Beavers have a bye coming up next week in preparation for Cal and UCLA.

Offensively there should be a good show put on by the QB’s. Sophomore sophomore Starter Alex Brink who has proved himself over Josh Swogger to the coaches should do well. WSU’s offense tilts more towards running the ball, but expect to see a good majority of pass plays, as WSU looks to capitalize on OSU’s backfield situation. Matt Moore should do well under center for the Beavs.

Defense will be another pressure point for the Beavers this week. We’ll see if Riley and his staff decide to make any changes involving Sabby Piscitielli and the rest of the Beaver Secondary.

Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in possession time with an average of 33:02. The Beavers have had explosive 4th Quarters throughout the season, outscoring the competition 45-7. However, I’d say they need to work on the D in the 2nd and 3rd Quarters.

The Beavers will continue to test their tough schedule this week. Oregon State is the only program in the nation that started the season playing three preseason Associated Press nationally ranked teams in the month of September — Boise State opened the year No. 18, Louisville No. 12 and Arizona State No. 20. The Beavers’ first four opponents combined for a 39-8 record last season. The Beavers play five 2004 bowl participants in their first seven games. The Beavers also had a tough schedule last year, playing the second most difficult schedule in the nation last season according to the Sagarin Rankings, including playing both 2003 national champions (USC, LSU). The current Sagarin Rankings list OSU’s schedule as the second most difficult in the conference and 24th in the nation.

Overall, this should be a good matchup for both teams. I say that the Beavers win in a heavy downpour. The key again this week will be the Beaver Defense. They gotta show up to play.

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