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While Oregon State has plenty of offensive options, so does TCU. The Horned Frogs will be returning junior wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. He had 44 receptions last season while collecting all two touchdowns and 532 yards.
Comparing Oregon State's top receiver to TCU's, it's no comparison. James Rodgers' numbers dwarf those of Kerley's. Rodgers had 91 receptions for 1,034 yards, while scoring nine TDs.
While Oregon State has a highly touted receiver, the Horned Frogs may have the edge at quarterback.
Junior quarterback Andy Dalton had 2009 numbers that look similar to Sean Canfield's numbers for the Beavers last season. He had a completion percentage of 61.6, while throwing for over 2,700 yards and 23 TDs.
Dalton is an experienced winner with an above-average awareness and sizable football knowledge. If the Beavers defense underestimates him, he may prove why TCU is ranked in the top 10 in the country.
Oregon State has the edge in head-to-head rushing statistics as well. Jacquizz Rodgers out-rushed TCU starter Joseph Turner by nearly double. While Rodgers rushed for 1,440 on 273 carries, a 5.3 yards per carry average, Turner was largely insignificant with just 147 carries and 754 yards. To be fair, Turner's average per carry is close to Rodgers' at 5.1, but he is not a major piece of the Purple machine's offense.
Breaking it down: Look for Oregon State to bring a combination of shifty running with deceptive passing on offense. The Beavers' secondary will be tested all game by the pass attack of TCU. The key to the game will be the Beavers' ability to keep TCU to small passing plays while shutting down the running game in short yardage situations.
TCU will have to slow down the speedy Rodgers, while reading Oregon State's attempts at deception with James Rodgers.
OSU's Stephen Paea will have to have a career game against the run on third downs, and TCU's Andy Dalton will have to be accurate and timely.
The Bold Prediction: I'm reversing my earlier prediction stating TCU will win this one. Readers may think I'm crazy, but it's possible Oregon State's secondary will be well-prepared to stifle Dalton's passing attack, while Jacquizz Rodgers rushes for just over 100 yards and a touchdown. The Beavers will squeak this one out, causing a major stir in the opening week rankings.
Final score: Oregon State 31, TCU 27