The Oregon State Beavers find themselves once again in an advantageous position against the USC Trojans on Friday from Reser Stadium.
A loss to No. 6 Stanford last week hurts for the Beavers, but an up-and-down Trojans team coming to town is nothing but good news, especially considering USC has not won in Reser Stadium since 2004.
USC enters the contest riding a wave of momentum after a big win over Utah a week ago, but needs this victory more than ever to break a 2-2 record in Pac 12 play and get back to contention.
Here is everything fans need to know about the critical Pac 12 battle.
When: Friday, Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
Television: ESPN 2
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 52
- Spread: Oregon State (-5)
Trojans Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Dion Bailey||LB||10/28/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||arm|
|Zach Banner||OL||09/27/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||hip|
|Victor Blackwell||WR||10/27/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||ankle|
|Gerald Bowman||S||10/24/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||shoulder|
|Morgan Breslin||LB||10/29/2013||is expected to miss Friday's game against Oregon State||Out||hip|
|Anthony Brown||CB||10/29/2013||is expected to miss Friday's game against Oregon State||Out||knee|
|Max Browne||QB||10/27/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||illness|
|Sua Cravens||S||10/28/2013||is probable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Probable||groin|
|Justin Davis||RB||10/24/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||ankle|
|Lamar Dawson||LB||10/24/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Kevin Graf||T||10/27/2013||is doubtful for Friday's game against Oregon State||Doubtful||ankle|
|Xavier Grimble||TE||10/27/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||shoulder|
|Marqise Lee||WR||10/27/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||knee|
|Steven Mitchell||WR||08/08/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|D.J. Morgan||RB||10/27/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||knee|
|Taylor Ross||RB||10/27/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||leg|
|Devian Shelton||CB||09/27/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||foot|
|Jordan Simmons||G||10/23/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||leg|
|Shane Sullivan||TE||10/27/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Randall Telfer||TE||10/29/2013||is expected to miss Friday's game against Oregon State||Out||knee|
|Greg Townsend Jr||DL||09/27/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
Beavers Injury Report (via USA Today)
|John Braun||DT||10/28/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against USC||Questionable||shoulder|
|Michael Doctor||LB||09/11/2013||will miss at least 6-8 weeks||Out||foot|
|J.C. Grim||WR||10/28/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against USC||Questionable||wrist/arm|
|Connor Hamlett||TE||10/28/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against USC||Questionable||knee|
|Roman Sapolu||G||09/11/2013||is expected to miss the remainder of the season||Out||foot|
|Caleb Smith||TE||10/28/2013||is questionable for Friday's game against USC||Questionable||back|
Can USC Slow Sean Mannion?
Beavers junior quarterback Sean Mannion has been the definition of unstoppable this season. He is the nation's leading passer, averaging a ludicrous 408 yards per game—Oregon State as a whole possesses the nation's best passing attack.
In eight games this season, Mannion has thrown for over 400 yards and four or more touchdowns on five occasions.
Newsy-note - Sean Mannion has 128 consecutive pass att. w/o an INT. He could catch Elway Fri., night in the Pac-12 record book for yards.— Beavers Football (@OSUBeaversFB) October 28, 2013
USC's pass defense has been stout all year and has allowed just two quarterbacks to break the 300-yard mark, although both Arizona's B.J. Denker and Arizona State's Taylor Kelly reside in Mannion's neighborhood talent-wise.
When tasked with shutting down the elite aforementioned quarterbacks, the USC defense has surrendered 31 points to Arizona and 62 to Arizona State. It's a small blemish on a unit that overall has been great with only 19.3 points allowed per game, but a problem worth nothing against the Beavers.
This one won't end well for the Trojans.
Which team wins?
Reser Stadium is clearly an extremely hostile environment, and the Beavers are a week removed from almost knocking off a top-10 team in the very same building.
Things have been slowly improving for USC under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, but his defense has yet to prove it can slow elite offenses, not to mention it has never met the No. 1 passing attack in the land.
Cody Kessler and the Trojans offense averages only 24.6 points per game and simply does not have the firepower to keep up, especially in a noisy environment. The Beavers notch another impressive win over the Trojans.
Beavers win 36-28
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