The Civil War is only hours away. The last chance for the Oregon State football team to make something of the season is now.
Here’s my main story in Saturday’s GT previewing the game. OSU will need a near-perfect game.
Here’s my Game Day special section main, looking at the series with the Ducks.
Here are my players to watch. I go with S Anthony Watkins because he has quietly had a really good season. He’s needed to have a big day stopping the run and defending the pass.
And of course, Oregon’s running game starts with RB LaMichael James. OSU must stop him first and then the slew of other weapons later.
Here’s my last oddball Q&A of the season. It’s on reserve OL Michael Lamb. It’s too bad he never started because he’s an interesting talker. He would have been good with interviews.
Here are are my three keys to a Beavers win:
No. 3 — Tackle
A basic concept of the game must be the focus. Oregon has speed and gets play-makers in space. The defense must counter with limited missed tackles and strong open-field tackling. If that can’t done the game Saturday will get out of hand quickly.
No. 2 — Avoid big plays
The offense is not capable of quick scores, so if Oregon starts scoring on big plays Saturday there’s no chance to keep up. The special teams must force Oregon into long fields and the defense must make the Ducks grind it out and make mistakes along the way.
No. 1 — Score
As simple as it sounds, just to keep up with Oregon the Oregon State offense must put points on the board every time it has the ball Saturday. Oregon State ranks 11th in the Pac-12 Conference in scoring (21.9 ppg) and last in red zone offense (74.4 percent).
My pick: Oregon 42, OSU 13
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