NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers Blogger James Crabtree-Hannigan gives us five fearless predictions heading into the 2013 college football season. First and foremost, Sean Mannion will keep the starting job over Cody Vaz. Also, at the end of the season, expect the Beavs to take down the Stanford Cardinal. Along the way, look for Terron Ward and Victor Bolden to have big years.
NWSB Editor and Insider Jon Irwin gives you his 5 expectations for Oregon State’s first college football game of the season against Eastern Washington. In OSU’s annual “David vs. Goliath” bout, Mike Riley will have plenty of opportunities to experiment with his new roster. Should make for a fun matchup. Players to watch include Cody Vaz, Brandin Cooks, Storm Woods, and Scott Crichton.
NWSB blogger and Oregon State insider Jon Irwin reports on the areas he thinks OSU’s offense needs to improve in 2013. Mike Riley’s pro-style offense is deep in weapons, but it’s only effective if all the parts are working together. Without fixes to 2012’s problem areas, the team could be in for a disappointing season in 2013. Storm Woods (940 yards) was a huge reason for the turnaround, can it happen again?
NWSB insider and Beavers blogger Jon Irwin reports on his five offseason objectives for head coach Mike Riley before the 2013 season. With his job fully secure after a 9-4 2012 season, Riley will look to keep his momentum going into next season. Among his need priorities is sticking to a quarterback and building recruiting depth. For a coach whose job was supposedly on the hot seat entering the season, Mike Riley has proved all his critics wrong.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the UO vs. OSU week 13 matchup. The defense puts out a surprisingly tough effort, and the running backs do everything right to keep the game in OSU’s favor. But a flurry of mistakes—many on the shoulders of Markus Wheaton—puts the Beavers to rest in this 48-24 loss.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on this week’s football matchup against the Oregon Ducks in NCAA football Week 13 action. It’s not quite the battle of the unbeatens we were all hoping for, but it’s still the biggest game of the season for these two teams. OSU needs a win to cap off their underdog season, while UO has to win to stay alive in the Pac-12 North.
NWSB Insider and Oregon St. Beavers blogger Rick Stella after each week of the regular season and possibly during a bowl game or BCS playoffs should the Beavs be so lucky will stop by and bring you his OSU game balls. Balls are awarded to the Beavers offensive MVP Sean Mannion. On defense it’s Jordan Poyer, and on special teams the honor goes to Keith Kostol.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Cal vs. OSU week 12 matchup. Oregon State finally plays a complete game, topping Cal 62-14 at home. The offense was the biggest winner, moving the ball in every way imaginable while getting everyone involved. If there’s any bad in this one, it’s a couple injuries and some disappointing play by the defense up front. Mike Riley got plenty of chances to rest his starters.
During any losing week, NWSB Insider and Oregon St. Beavers football blogger Rick Stella will stop by and bring you his What Went Wrong With The Beavs piece. The slow start, coupled with the disappointing 4th quarter, ultimately doomed the Beavers on Saturday. It’s hard to blame the game completely on Cody Vaz’s errors, but it has started some grumblings among fans, and the clamoring for Sean Mannion’s return could take place any day now.
NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers football blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the OSU vs. Stanford week 11 matchup. The coaching staff called on of their best games of the year, and Storm Woods was really impressive. With that said, a frigid streak by Cody Vaz and struggling line play inevitably drop the Beavers to 7-2.