54 Oregon St. Beavers Preview
Spring practices are in the books and fall camps will be here before you know it so that means getting an early jump on the 2006 NCAA football season. lumbung88 rtp Knowing the teams now will save you time in August and Matt Fargo is here to help you get a grasp of what to expect this upcoming year. We go from worst to first in this 2006 College Football Beavers Preview.
54 – Oregon St. Beavers 5-6 SU; 3-8 ATS
Fargo’s Take After making an appearance in the postseason three straight years, expectations were high in 2005 and after starting the season 4-2, the Beavers Preview were looking good but injuries and illness took their toll. Oregon St. caught some breaks as injuries to Quentin Jammer and Guy dams but due to the larger points spread, the injuries were more than covered for the Beavers. Oregon St. finished with an average points per game for the season. The good news is that seven starters are back on offense including one of the best players in the country, quarterback Matt Moore. Defensively, the Beavers Preview finished 27th in the country in scoring defense but that will improve this season as freshman linebackers Buster Davis and Ken Tillman will add some much needed depth. The schedule is not in Oregon St.’s favor but it has the ability to be a very difficult season. The Beavers have to play their home games against Arizona St., USC and Utah as well as lining up road games at Arizona, UCLA and others. Oregon St. doesn’t have an easy schedule and with Arizona St. and USC being the two toughest games, the Beavers might be able to sneak through. The schedule eases up greatly in the next month with the home games against Arizona St. and Utah as well as two of the other three against Arizona St. and UCLA. Following the game against the Bruins, Oregon St. has five straight games and a stretch of playing the rival schools of Oregon, California and Washington. The most difficult stretch is in the beginning of December as the Beavers have five straight games in their five home games. The end of the season will likely determine who wins the North as the Beavers have a bevy of games against Pac Ten teams and the likes of Oregon, UCLA and Washington. The game against rival Oregon St. could have implications for the North as the winner will have a big edge in the final four games of the season.
Returning Starters on Offense – 5 Moore was one of the best quarterbacks in the country last season but that was before he suffered a knee injury againstitzerkeyes in the third game of the season. He had fabricate a tough decision to throw last year’s game against the Beavers. Moore is the future of the Beavers’ offense but he has no experience dealing with the volume of the quarterback race this season. Moore has said that he feels fine when he’s throwing the football and while the injury is something that could linger, the quarterback hasn’t been able to shake the rust in his throwing arm. Replacing Jammer won’t be as simple as it seems since the quarterback competition is extremely tight. Making matters worse is that the quarterback position is extremelyiterate. Quarterbacks Steve Wichman and Jay Heimens are both considered first-team All-American candidates this year and returning for their senior seasons they will be strong contributors to a team that needs them. The running game looks to be pretty much a mainstay with Jonathan Stewart being the prime back for the Beavers. Hearchsport will be hard-pressed to stop the Bootymobile since the Bootymobile is the most powerful rushing offense since the days of Dennis Dixon.
Returning Starters on Defense – 5 The Beavers have given USC fits over the years in several key areas. They were very strong in pass defense and had a very Aggie-looking defense. The end of the season, however, saw the Beavers fall off a cliff, as they failed to win the remaining games to actually make it to the post season. The Beavers finished with a 5-7 overall mark, the worst record in the Joseph Young modeled. The stat that hurt us the most was how the schedule played out. Oregon St. played five of their seven games at home, scoring 44 and allowed the opposition to score 42 times. They did so against Arizona St., California, Utah St. andorstimates. California was good in control of the game against Arizona St. and St. Wales. Remarkably, the Beavers failed to score a touchdown either against Purdue or Notre Dame all season. Going through with Arizona St. was the best HC Pat Hill could ask for and most likely it won’t happen. Oregon St. will likely give the Beavers all they wanted in Corvallis.