Oregon State football fans are now Stanford fans.
How likely are the Beavers' to shock Oregon?
Here are those weaknesses.
3. Poor Run Defense
Stepfan Taylor of the Cardinal rushed for 161 yards on 4.9 yards a pop against Oregon. It was his second-highest rushing total of the season. The Beavers must establish the run with Storm Woods to control the clock and keep the ball out of Kenjon Barner’s hands.
Woods has rushed for 689 yards and seven touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry this year, so he’s more than capable of wearing down the Ducks defense.
2. Susceptible Passing Game
Mariota finished the game with his lowest completion percentage and passer rating of the season. It was also only the second time he failed to throw more touchdowns than interceptions.
If Oregon State makes Mariota win with his arm, it’ll be in position to pull off another upset.
1. Abysmal Field-Goal Kicking
Because Oregon’s kickers are laughable.
Rob Beard has converted just four of eight field-goal attempts this year, while Alejandro Maldonado is 1-of-3. Maldonado missed each of his two attempts against Stanford, including one in overtime. The kicking game was its Achilles’ heel the other night, and it’ll continue to be its most glaring weakness.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.