It Could Be Now Or Never For Riley At Oregon State
Northwest Sports Update
BetOnline.com reviews of Mike Riley’s time at Oregon State would read like a mixed bag, but things have been going downhill for Riley and he may need a better season than he can produce in order to stay in Corvallis, especially with their in-state rivals from Oregon turning into a national-title contender.
Comparing Oregon State to Oregon comes with a caveat as the Ducks are backed by the founder of Nike, Phil Knight, who is an alumnus of Oregon and he has poured millions into the program. Riley doesn’t have that at Oregon State, but he made the Beavers respectable and there was a time that players who buy sportsbook software had them near the top of the Pac-12, which was then the Pac-10. This is actually Riley’s second stint at Oregon State as he won three games in 1997 and then five in 1998 before leaving for the NFL, where he coached San Diego for three seasons before getting fired. He returned to Oregon State in 2003 and made them an eight-win team, but 2006 to 2008 was the high point of Riley’s time so far in Corvallis as they won 10, nine and nine games over those three seasons. However, Riley won eight games in 2009, then five in 2010 and a miserable three last year and patience may be starting to wear thin in the program.
Online college football betting players probably won’t think much of the Beavers this year in the Pac-12, but they’ll have to figure out something to do with Riley if they have another three-win season. Riley was thought to be in the running for USC’s head-coaching position when Pete Carroll left for Seattle, but he signed an extension to keep him there until 2019. However, you have to think that the natives would get restless if the Beavers continue to get left behind in the Pac-12. Riley does have a couple of good things going for him as the Beavers have a 5-1 record in bowl games under him and he has proven himself to be a good recruiter, but he has to battle the money at Oregon and college football betting sharps know that is tough to beat. The Ducks are all sponsored by Nike with new facilities and flashy uniforms, and kids are attracted to that sort of thing, while Oregon State is a bit of a plain program.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to Riley if the Beavers struggle as bad as they did last year, especially given his contract and you’d have to think they would have to buy him out. This is a situation that you should keep your eye on and you may even be able to find a prop on it if you bet on sports (which you can do here).
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