The Washington State Cougars (2-3) will travel to Corvallis, Ore. this Saturday to face the undefeated no. 14 Oregon State Beavers (3-0) at Reser Stadium. Last week the Cougars played hard, but fell 51-26 to Oregon, the no. 2 team in the nation. Meanwhile, in Tucson Ariz., Oregon State won a see-saw battle against the Arizona Wildcats 38-35.
Date: Saturday, October 6th 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
TV Coverage: Pac-12 Networks (National and all regional networks)
Internet Coverage: Video.Pac-12.com (With participating TV providers)
School: Oregon State University, Pac-12 Conference, Official Team Site.
Season: Oregon State came into the season picked to finish last in the Pac-12 North, 23 votes ahead of the Washington State Cougars. Their season got off to a slow start, literally not figuratively, when they were forced to cancel their first game against Nicholls State because Hurrican Isaac made it difficult for the Colonels to travel. Their first real game was Sept. 22 when they were able to pull off a major upset at home over Wisconsin 10-7. Their winning ways continued with back-to-back conference road wins by one possession, first over UCLA 27-20 then over Arizona 38-35.
Coverage: SB Nation's Oregon State blog Building the Dam.
Head Coach: Mike Riley, 74-63 in his 12th season at Oregon State
Assistant Head Coach: Jay Locey, in 7th season at Oregon State (Also TE coach)
Coordinators: Danny Langsdorf (Offensive) and Mark Banker (Defensive)
Key Offensive Players: QB Sean Mannion: The sophomore quarterback is in his second season starting for the Beavers. Going into his fouth game this season Mannion has 1088 yards and six touchdowns with only one interception. If it matters, which it doesn't, Mannion threw for four interceptions in his fourth start last season. The Cougars will be hoping for a repeat on Saturday.
RB Storm Woods: The redshirt freshman is the leader in rushing yards for the Beavers with 302 yards on 59 attempts and two touchdowns. According to the OSU media guide, he was named co-MVP of the scout team. Which is apparently a thing.
Key Defensive Players: CB Jordan Poyer: The senior corner back is the leader of the defense and the lone Beaver representative on the all Pac-12 preseason rankings. He's also a high draft prospect, ranked as the 12th best corner in the 2013 NFL draft by CBS Sports. So far this season he has 10 tackles and one interception.
DE Scott Crichton: Part of Phil Steele's second team all Pac-12 rankings, the sophomore has won the starting spot at DE. He's produced so far this year, leading the team with three sacks and five tackles for loss.
For everything leading up to this Saturday's matchup from a WSU perspective, stick with us here on CougCenter. For everything from the Oregon State perspective, check out SBNation's Oregon State blog Building the Dam.