As many of you know, I write for Lindy’s Sports when it comes to Oregon State football team topics.
The annual preview edition of the magazine is out, so let’s look at how Lindy’s forecasts the season.
The top-10 going into the season is: 1. LSU, 2. USC, 3. Alabama, 4. Oklahoma, 5. Oregon, 6. Georgia, 7. Michigan, 8. Florida State, 9. Arkansas, 10. West Virginia.
Wisconsin, OSU’s second opponent this season, is No. 17 and Stanford is No. 21.
Oregon State checks in at No. 65 in that nation, No. 11 in the Pac-12 and last in the North. The comment with the ranking is: “Rough patch (eight wins in two years) for respected coach Mike Riley.”
In a bad sign for the Beavers, none of their players are in the top players by position. That’s surprising because of all the love CB Jordan Poyer is getting on the watch lists, including as a returner.
He does make second-team all-conference team, as does DE Scott Crichton. WR Markus Wheaton and OT Michael Philipp are third-team offense.
Conference rankings by units: QB (7), RB (10), WR (3), OL (11), DL (8), LB (10), DB (4), Special teams (8).
On the Heisman watch, the Beavers face three players who will be looking to put up big numbers: USC Q Matt Barkley (if both in Pac-12 title game), Wisconsin RB Montee Ball and Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas.