The Oregon State football team will see a new look out of Washington State this year when the Pacific-12 Conference rivals clash Oct. 6 in Reser Stadium.
It will be Game 5 and the first home contest of the Pac-12 slate for OSU.
The Beavers righted themselves temporarily last year with a win over the Cougars in Seattle. On a side note, three of the four new coaches in the conference received their new jobs after their team lost to the Beavers last year under the old leadership.
Enter Mike Leach for the Cougars. He’s known for his high-powered passing offenses at Texas Tech and being fired for allegedly forcing a player to spend a practice in a dark room. When ordered to apologize, he refused and was fired.
The Cougars needed to make a splash to kickstart the program, so they hired Leach and his baggage. We’ll see how that turns out. Here’s a story about his time away from coaching.
On the field, expect some long games and a lot of passing. Leach uses the spread offense to pass out of. A running play is called a screen pass. WRs will be all over the place.
“I hope they have lights,” DC Mike Breske said of the opposition fields when the Cougars come to town. “The ball is going to be in the air 70-80 percent of the time and we’ll have an aggressive defense. We installed a 3-4 defense, which is new.”
QB Jeff Tuel looked good in the spring game. Check out the rundown here. Having a veteran QB only helps as the team transition into a new style.
The Leach hire resonated all the way to the Southeast. The Orland Sentinel called the Cougars one of the five teams to surprise this year.
Washington State should be potent very soon. The Beavers need to get a win this year with it being at home and the Cougars still adjusting to the new coach and system.