Earlier I posted a breakdown of the Oregon State Beavers. Here are three games from their schedule I am ready to see today.
The Beavers actually won this game last year so I'm curious how this year's game will go.
It’s no question that both teams were at all-time lows last year. The difference is Arizona let go of their head coach and brought in Rich Rodriguez, who seems to have re-energized the program, and Oregon State is sticking it out with Mike Riley.
Oregon State won last year's game at home. They travel to Tuscon this year. The good news for the Beavers is that they have not lost here since 1997. In 2010, the last time they played here, Oregon State upset then No. 9 Arizona by two points.
Last year, Oregon State won by 10 points and that included a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown by the Wildcats. Arizona actually out gained Oregon State but lost the turnover battle and, in the end, the game. Oregon State may have been a little more lucky than good last season.
It will be interesting to see how the changes Rich Rodriguez has instilled into the Arizona program affect the out come. It will be their second conference game with this system and I actually think the teams match up fairly well. Should be a close one that could go either way.
Just when I started looking at Washington with a little respect they went and lost to Oregon State. They were winning the games they were supposed to and losing to the teams that were ranked higher. And somehow they still lost this one.
Honestly, I blame the defense. By the end of the season it was no big secret that the Washington defense was not the strength of the team. This year's team should be improved with head coach Steve Sarkisian revamping the defensive staff.
I like how these teams match up and think that we will see the ball thrown a ton in this game.
This game is later in the season so questions should be answered by this time, including any questions about both team's run games. Both have potentially good players to run the ball, but until it happens it will remain a question mark.
Washington’s reworked defense should be much stronger this year, but time will tell how much. Oregon State’s line play could be back to their more dominating ways from a few years ago.
Not because I think it will be competitive, because I really don’t expect it to be. It’s because I grew up a Ducks fan and this was the game to look forward to all year. That might not be the case anymore but the idea still sticks in my head a little.
Both teams were the dredges of the Pac-12 for years. Sometime in the '90s, both teams started to turn things around. Oregon was able to sustain a bit more success over the years but that didn’t make the rivalry any less intense.
From 1997 to 2006, the home team won. Throw the records and rankings out, home field advantage was true. In 2007, Oregon State went to Eugene and beat a deflated Oregon team in overtime. Since then Oregon has won four in a row, two in each venue. The victory in Corvallis in 2010 sent the Ducks to the national championship.
Last year, the game was in Eugene and Oregon solidified their spot in the first ever Pac-12 Championship game. This is one of the oldest rivalries in the country but I still don’t see it being competitive this year.
Still, with my roots as an Oregon fan going far back, this is still a game I look forward to just a little bit more than the rest.