Washington State

OSU vs. WSU: Pregame Prefunk

Sat, 11/13/2010 - 12:53pm
Wanna Be Like Mike

Saturday, November 13, 12:30 pm

A few random stats and thoughts to get you ready for today's game...

Bowling for Beavers: Following tough losses to Washington and UCLA -- teams Oregon State should have beat -- the Beavs find themselves in a precarious situation: 4 games remaining, 2 wins needed to be bowl eligible (for a total of 6), and 3 of those games against undeniably better teams. All signs point to OSU dominating WSU today to get win #5, but where does #6 come from? USC next weekend? Maybe. Stanford on the road the week after. Not likely. Oregon in the Civil War? Please. This team has always closed out the season strong, but this year, that will be a tougher task than ever.

Under fire: Oregon State has already faced three top-20 offense this season in Boise State, TCU and Arizona, and will face three more to close the season. It's no surprise, then, that the once stout Beavs defense ranks just 88th in the country.

His brother's keeper: It's no secret that OSU is feeling the loss of James Rodgers, who was only able to play four games this season before succumbing to injury. Fortunately, his brother Jacquizz has more than picked up his share of the slack. Quizz is averaging nearly 140 all purpose yards and has scored 9 TDs in those four games that James has missed.

Believe it or not: Washington State has had a rough go of it in recent years, but the school still holds a 47-44-3 alltime record against Oregon State dating back to 1903. The Beavs have redeemed themselves of late, however, averaging a 53-13 scoring advantage over the Cougs in their last three contests.

In it to win it: Beavers coach Mike Riley won't be able to lay claim to the school's alltime win record for a coach this year, but it's almost a lock to happen next season. With 68 wins, Riley currently sits just six games back of Lon Stiner, who coached the team from 1933-48. What's more, among active coaches in the Pac-10, Riley trails only Jeff Tedford 72 total wins.

 

 

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