Oregon State 51-48 over Hawaii: Week 3 game balls

It was a crazy game, but luckily OSU walks away with a win. (Photo: Rick Bowmer / AP)

NWSB Insider and OSU Beavers blogger Jon Irwin brings us his game balls for the Beavers victory over Utah. Sean Mannion has another prolific performance, aided by the continued emergence of Richard Mullaney. Mike Riley calls some of his best plays ever, while the secondary continues to play better and better football. Brandin Cooks had a ridiculously great game as well.

Oregon State 33-14 over Hawaii: Week 2 game balls

OSU's D looked much better on Saturday vs. Hawaii (Photo: Doug Beghtel / The Oregonian)

NWSB Insider and OSU Beavers blogger Jon Irwin brings us his game balls for the Beavers victory over Hawaii. Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks lead another stellar offensive performance, while Tyrequek Zimmerman was a big player in a key defensive turnaround. And let’s not forget the importance of Keith Kostol on special teams.

Three things to watch for in the Beavers vs. Warriors game

The Beavers need to utilize their ground attack against Hawaii.

NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers Blogger James Crabtree-Hannigan gives us three things to watch out for in the Week 2 matchup against the Hawaii Warriors. First and foremost, the team needs energy bouncing back following the loss to Eastern Washington. Along with energy, the team needs to utilize Storm Woods and the running crew, even if Sean Mannion is on a roll. Defensively, this team has to make up for Jordan Poyer being gone, and they have to do it quickly.

Pac-12 Media Day: Oregon State Beavers football

Mike Riley preps for his NSD press conference (Photo: @OSUBeaversFB)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Oregon State’s time on the podium at the 2013 Pac-12 Media Day. Picked to finish behind Oregon and Stanford in the Pac-12 North, the Beavers should be an elite team but could face some problems with elite talent. Don’t think that will ever hamper Mike Riley’s spirit, as he was just as positive as ever at the 2013 Pac-12 Media Day.

Oregon State’s underrated offensive players heading into 2013

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NWSB insider and OSU blogger gives us his predictions for the Beaver’s top underrated players on offense heading into the 2013 football season. Making the list are Richard Mullaney, Chris Brown, Caleb Smith and Gavin Andrews. If these four can step up in the upcoming season, OSU’s offense could be unstoppable.

Looking forward to the OSU-Texas Alamo Bowl matchup?

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NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin breaks down five things to watch for in the Alamo Bowl matchup against the Texas Longhorns on December 29th. Highlighting the list are seniors Markus Wheaton’s and Jordan Poyer’s final game as Beavers, as well as the chance at a big statement to finish off a stellar season.

The shutdown duo: Jordan Poyer and Rashaad Reynolds

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NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin reports on high flying cornerbacks Jordan Poyer and Rashaad Reynolds. While the Beavers are known for their dominating run defense, the secondary has had to take it’s lumps this season. They rank 59th in the FBS, allowing 236.4 passing yards per game. But despite the stats, that doesn’t take away how good these two players have been for the Beavs.

What Does Cody Vaz bring to the Beavers offense?

Cody Vaz won't be going against his own team for once this Saturday (Photo building the dam)

NWSB Insider and Oregon St. Beavers blogger Rick Stella asks the most important question out of the state of Oregon since the inception of the state itself, can Cody Vaz take over for Sean Mannion and lead this Beavers team to more wins? The answer will have to wait until Saturday to be answered, but this isn’t all on Vaz. The Beavs still have a shutdown defense that will help Vaz to not need to air it out in his first game.

Mike Riley’s key to victory: In-N-Out Burgers

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NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin takes a look at how Mike Riley is motivating the Beavers this season. After road wins at UCLA and Arizona, the elder statesmen treated his team to some classic American fast food. There’s nothing like In-N-Out Burgers hey Mike? What will Riley do next week for an encore? He will have to find some other way to motivate his boys.

Practice? Nope. The OSU Beavers have a waterfight instead… (video)

OSU Water Balloon War

NWSB Insider and Oregon State blogger Q reports on why the Oregon State football team’s water balloon fight following Saturday’s practice was a good thing. Plus it was OK’d by Head Coach Mike Riley who was away in British Columbia for funeral services for his late father. I get it. It’s hot out in Oregon in the Summer. Cornerback Rashaad Reynolds declared afterward that the defense won easily.

Oregon State Beavers on NCAA football preaseason award lists

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NWSB Insider and Oregon State blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Beavers NCAA football preaseason award lists as released by various committee’s. Markus Wheaton, Jordan Poyer, Scott Crichton are the three Beavers nominated in 2012. Here’s a breakdown of the 3 players, and what their awards and chances are.

Predicting the OSU Beavers 2012 strengths & weaknesses

Move over Derek Anderson, there's a new gun slinger in town! (photo buildthedam.com

NWSB Insider and Blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the 2012 Oregon State Beavers football team. With red shirt freshman QB Sean Mannion coming off an excellent year where he completed nearly 65% of his passes, the OSU air assault should be gunning at full speed this year. The defense remains the Beavers biggest weakness, even with new recruits coming in, the Beavs will need to improve.

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