Oregon State will host Hawaii on Saturday in Corvallis after a shocking 49-46 loss to FCS opponent Eastern Washington in Week 1.
In the loss, junior quarterback Sean Mannion and junior receiver Brandin Cooks had big games, but so did Eastern Washington dual-threat quarterback Vernon Adams, who threw for 411 yards and four touchdowns and scampered for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Hawaii lost its season opener to USC, 30-13. The Warriors didn't show much fight against the Trojans, accumulating just 231 yards of total offense in the loss.
Will Oregon State bounce back in Corvallis or lay another stinker against Hawaii?
Here's a preview of the action.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Oregon State -27
Hawaii Injuries (via USA Today)
Joey Iosefa, RB, Out Indefinitely (Foot)
Haani Tulimaiau, DL, Out Indefinitely (Foot)
Oregon State Injuries (via USA Today)
Josh Mitchell, OL, Probable (Shoulder)
Siale Hautau, DT, Probable (Head)
Keith Kostol, P, Probable (Ankle)
Isaac Seumalo, C, Probable (Knee)
Gavin Andrews, OL, Questionable (Undisclosed)
Garrett Weinreich, OL, Questionable (Knee)
JC Grim, WR, Questionable (Arm)
DJ Alexander, LB, Doubtful (Knee)
Top Storyline: Oregon State's Defense in Shock
Oregon State did lose top cornerback Jordan Poyer to the NFL in the offseason, but nobody could have foreseen what happened to the Beavers in Week 1 against Eastern Washington.
Vernon Adams ran circles around Oregon State's defense, accounting for 518 of the Eagles' 625 yards of total offense. Eagles receivers Ashton Clark and Cooper Kupp combined for 274 yards and three touchdowns.
On the bright side, Oregon State's offense certainly came to play. But the Beavers are not going to win many games if they continue to play defense like that.
Senior cornerback Rashaad Reynolds—one of the players tasked with filling the void left by Poyer's departure—said after the loss to Eastern Washington, according to the Associated Press (per ESPN.com): "We didn't play to our potential today, but we have the guys to do it. That's not an excuse. We've all played football for a long time."
Oregon State allowed just 20.6 points per game last season, which was 22nd in the country.
Prediction: Oregon State 40, Hawaii 17
Who will win on Saturday?
I simply can't bring myself to believe that Oregon State's defense is this bad. Even with the loss of Poyer in the offseason, the Beavers returned seven starters on the defensive side of the ball.
I expect the Beavers' defense to be much better against Hawaii after receiving a wake-up call against Eastern Washington.
USC managed to put up 30 points against Hawaii in Week 1 despite not looking all that good. Oregon State's offense should have a field day in Corvallis.