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Week 5 College football preview: Oregon St. vs. Arizona matchup

Can Beavs roll on regular rest?

Week 4 taught us a lot about these two teams.

With the OSU Beavers we learned just how good they are. With the Wildcats we learned just how bad they can be.

Matchup: Oregon St. (18) vs. Arizona
Venue: Arizona Stadium (Tuscon, AZ)
Game time, TV: 7:00 pm (PST), PAC-12 Network
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Weather: 95 high, 69 low, Sunny
Team Records: Oregon St. (2-0), Arizona (3-1)

For Oregon State this is once again about defense. They’ve shutdown two great running games. Now can they shutdown a top tier passing attack?

For Arizona this is about rebounding. The Oregon shutout was embarrassing, and the undefeated Beavers represent the perfect redemption game.

It’s a war of the worlds as the hard nosed Beavers take on the high-octane Wildcats.

Game Notes

The Beavers have won their last 11 of 13 against Arizona. They’ve won the last five games in Tuscon.

The Wildcats are reeling from an uncharacteristic 0-49 shutout against Oregon last week. They were 0-6 in the redzone in that game.

Both teams will be watching their QBs. Sean Mannion missed Monday’s practice with a sore shoulder, but is ready for Saturday. Wildcat QB Matt Scott was limited on the ground against the Ducks due to a sore hip.

This is the first game of the season in which Oregon State hasn’t had an extra week of rest.

Storm Woods

Can Woods carry the Beaver offense?

A win by the Beavers would put them at 3-0 to start a season for the first time in 10 years.

What to watch: Oregon St.

This is the first game in which the Beavers face a pass first offense. How do they react?

It starts and ends with the secondary. Jordan Poyer can’t do it all, and the other guys need to play better.

OSU gave up some long plays to the Bruins in week 4. Give those to the Wildcats and you lose. Arizona will pick on Rashaad Reynolds if they can, so he’ll have to play a tight game.

What to watch: Arizona

Arizona does not win games on defense. They outscore opponents, plain and simple.

Oregon embarrassed this team, holding them to 332 total yards and forcing five turnovers. How does Arizona rebound?

QB Matt Scott needs to play better. He gave up three interceptions to Oregon and was very limited. He can play smarter, and has the multidimensional running ability that scares defenses.

Beavs O vs. Wildcat D

While Arizona is very dangerous on offense, they lack on defense. They’re 78th in the nation, allowing over 160 yards on the ground and 240 through the air per game.

With Sean Mannion nursing a sore shoulder the running game becomes integral. Storm Woods looked good against UCLA—96 yards—but didn’t find his legs until the Bruins were playing safe against the pass.

If the Beavers can set up the run, Mannion should have no issues ripping apart the Wildcats—even with a sore shoulder.

Worth Mentioning: Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks had a combined 325 yards against a good UCLA defense. What will they do to Arizona?

Wildcat O vs. Beavs D

Arizona is going to play hard and fast. They’ll rely on Scott to make a lot of big passes.

The Beavers faced a duel threat QB in Brett Hundley last week and held their own. They gave up big plays in the air, but didn’t give Hundley much room on the ground.

Oregon State has to keep doing what they’ve done. Shut down the run game, and play tight against the pass. Those backs not

Rashaad Reynolds

Reynolds needs more big plays like this one to shutdown Arizona. Photo: Orange County Register

named Poyer have to play better coverage.

The unit also needs to cut down on senseless penalties.

As long as the Beavers can keep pace, I think they can do a pretty good job of shutting down this high-octane attack.

Worth Mentioning: Scott Crichton is a beast—six solo tackles and two sacks against UCLA. But is he fast enough to stop Scott?

Prediction

When going toe-to-toe on offense, chances are the Wildcats will win. But Oregon proved what happens when they face a complete football team.

The Beavers have a great passing attack, and they don’t back down on defense. Shutting down the run does a lot to an offense, even a pass heavy one like Wildcats.

Oregon State will play hard on both sides of the ball. They stay undefeated.

Oregon State 35, Arizona 17

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