PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The start of the Oregon State Beavers’ 2019 football season is just around the corner. Here are six things to keep in mind ahead of the showdown against Oklahoma State on Aug. 30.
1.Expect a shootout
Both the Oregon State Beavers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys have some serious firepower offensively. For the Beavers, they return a great 1-2 punch at running back with Jermar Jefferson, who was named offensive freshman player of the year, and Artavis Pierce. On top of that, the Beavers return playmakers Isaiah Hodgins and Treyvon Bradford. For the Cowboys, they will return one of the nation’s best receivers, Tylan Wallace, and a roster full of talented receivers. Also, the running back room for the Cowboys has depth and a very versatile running back in Chuba Hubbard. Both offenses are primed to put up huge numbers in this match-up.
2. New faces on both defensive lines
New faces will appear on the defensive lines in this match-up. JUCO transfer Jordan Whittley, who is expected to make a serious impact, will anchor the line as a defensive tackle for Oregon State. The Beavers will also hopefully see Addison Gumbs, who transferred from Oklahoma, make his debut against the Cowboys as he is recovering from ACL surgery, which kept him sidelined last season. The Cowboys are replacing their entire defensive line, as no one who is on the roster started on the defensive line last season.
3. Oklahoma State’s quarterback situation
Questions still remain as to who will start as quarterback for the Cowboys. It will be either Spencer Sanders, the freshman phenom who was the 2017-2018 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year, or Dru Brown, who was the starting quarterback at the University of Hawaii in 2016 and 2017. Both have their upsides: for Sanders, a fresh face who brings excitement for the future for the Cowboys program; for Brown, he has experience being a starting quarterback at the Division 1 level.
4. First showdown for these two teams
An interesting perspective for this game is the fact that neither team has ever faced off against each other. With both teams being nicknamed “OSU,” as well as both teams sporting the colors orange and black, it just adds more to this game.
5. Both defenses in question (for now)
While the Beavers defense returns the majority of their starters and some new faces with transfers, they still must show improvement from last season. Finishing near the bottom of the nation in total defense last season, this high powered Oklahoma State line up could give the Beavers defense problems. For the Cowboys, they face the same problem, poor defensive play from the previous season and losing every starter on the defensive line. The Beavers could give this Oklahoma State defense problems with how much firepower they have.
6. Beavers against Big-12 opponents
2012 was the last time the Beavers faced off against a Big 12 opponent and they came up short when they lost to the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl 31-27. That being said, the Beavers have an overall record of 2-1 against the Big-12.