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Colorado vs. Oregon State Preview

Matchup Insight

Quarterback Sean Mannion wasn’t guaranteed to be the starter when Oregon State began preparations for the 2013 season, but isn’t worried about his job anymore.

The 6-5, 205-pound junior, who leads the nation with 1,603 passing yards and 15 touchdowns, faces a worthy adversary in Connor Wood when the Beavers host Colorado on Saturday in a Pac-12 game featuring two of the top seven passing attacks in the country.

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EXTRA POINTS

1. Oregon State averages 55 yards rushing – third-worst in the nation among the 123 FBS teams. Colorado is tied for 110th at 96.5.

2. Two walk-ons will share the long-snapping duties for Oregon State – freshmen Harrison Linsky and Andrew Maughan – after Michael Morovick suffered a season-ending ACL tear last week.

3. This is the first meeting since Colorado joined the conference in 2011 and the Buffaloes’ first trip to Corvallis. Oregon State leads the series 3-2 with the last encounter in 1988 – a 28-21 Colorado victory.

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