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Oregon, Oregon State open at home

The seven-game schedule begins Nov. 7, ends with Dec. 18 championship game
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Oregon's two members of the Pac-12 will begin their football seasons at home, the conference announced Saturday.

Oregon will play host to Stanford, while Oregon State plays host to Washington State.

Whether fans will be allowed in their respective stadiums has not been revealed.

After cancelling the season in August, the conference voted last week to play a seven-game season and took a week to create a schedule. The annual Civil War is set for Nov. 27, midway through the schedule. Both schools are scheduled for just three home games.

The seventh game of the conference schedule includes the championship game, set for Dec. 18 - a Saturday. Teams that do not qualify for the title game will play their seventh game the preceeding Friday.

Oregon is the defending champion and lone team from the conference ranked in the Top 25 - at 14.

2020 SCHEDULE

NOV. 7

Stanford at Oregon

Washington State at Oregon State

NOV. 14

Oregon at Washington State

Oregon State at Washington

NOV. 20.

UCLA at Oregon

NOV. 21

Cal at Oregon State

NOV. 27

Oregon at Oregon State

DEC. 5

Oregon at Cal

Oregon State at Utah

DEC. 12

Oregon State at Stanford

Washington at Oregon

DEC. 18

Conference championship

The Pac-12 should hold off and own spring football

Sat, 09/19/2020 - 8:35am
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In the coming week, the presidents of the 12 colleges that make up the Pac-12 conference (they're now often being referred to as CEOs), will meet to discuss restarting the football season before October ends, like the CEOs of the Pac-12s brother/sister the Big-10 have done.

When they meet, hopefully they'll move off that topic and to a better one - owning spring football.

The Pac-12 should skip fall football and own spring football as it would be the lone major conference playing at that time.

Who really cares about the national championship anyway? It's the confernence title that matters most.

The Pac-12 should skip fall football for 2020, and own spring football, getting back to the 2021 season in fall.

 

Beavers get no respect in Ohio - from ABC

The network barely notices Oregon State in season opener
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The college football seasons opened up for teams across Oregon Saturday and the results were basically as they were predicted ... by Las Vegas ... with No. 24 Oregon scoring a blowout at home against Bowling Green and Oregon State getting mauled at No. 5 Ohio State on national television.

Portland State lost at Nevada .. and Div. II and NAIA teams also kicked off to spirited fanfare - George Fox opened with 122 players on its roster.

The thing that caught my attention most, at least in the morning hours, was ABC’s coverage of the OSU at OSU game, and it owes an apology to Oregon State and Beaver Nation for how it turned the game into a local broadcast of the Buckeyes.

Oregon State traveled halfway across the country to face a very difficult game - underdogs by 39 points and with a new head coach (the program’s fourth in five years), but it pretty much wasn’t even involved in the game, other than as the program getting fed to the host school.

Jonathan Smith, a former Beavers standout at quarterback, was coaching his first game as a head coach, but ABC didn’t even acknowledge him until more than 12 minutes had gone by. The Beavers had the ball for the fourth time, had already scored a touchdown and been in OSU territory three times before they put the camera on him and let the nation know he was one of the brightest offensive minds in the game. The Beavers even lost their starting quarterback after just one possession to make the game that much harder, yet back-up Conor Blount was performing admirably against one of the premier defensive lines in the game.

The network, and rightly so, opened the broadcast with an update of the drama surrounding Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension that led to assistant Ryan Day taking over as interim head coach. ABC’s broadcast team of Dave Pasch and Greg McElroy covered Day extensively, as it should have.

But, Oregon State actually played in the game, too, and they pretty much forgot to include that element as part of the broadcast for most of the first quarter. They eventually got around to Smith and former coach Mike Riley returning to become an assistant on the team’s fourth possession.

The score by the team’s fourth possession was getting out of hand, and it was a disaster of a game on defense along the way to giving up 77 points. But, the offense played heroically behind Blount, receiver Trevon Bradford and running back Artavis Pierce, and eventually scored 31 points.

ABC just covered Ohio State for almost the entire first quarter, something that shows no respect for a major college program, which might be in a rocky spot in football - almost half of the team had never played in a Div. I game before, but is still celebrating a national title in baseball so there’s plenty to talk about regarding the teams from Corvallis. None of that drama or excitement got anywhere near the broadcast until a half-hour had passed.

The game wasn’t much in doubt pretty quickly, but Oregon State deserved a lot more respect that it got shown by ABC Saturday morning. And, it’s apology worthy - to coach Smith and Beaver Nation, regardless of the eventual score.

ABC gets an F for its football coverage

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 8:38pm
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The college football seasons opened up for teams across Oregon Saturday and the results were basically as they were predicted ... by Las Vegas ... with No. 24 Oregon scoring a blowout at home against Bowling Green and Oregon State getting mauled at No. 5 Ohio State on national television.

Portland State lost at Nevada .. and Div. II and NAIA teams also kicked off to spirited fanfare - George Fox opened with 122 players on its roster.

The thing that caught my attention most, at least in the morning hours, was ABC’s coverage of the OSU at OSU game, and it owes an apology to Oregon State and Beaver Nation for how it turned the game into a local broadcast of the Buckeyes.

Oregon State traveled halfway across the country to face a very difficult game - underdogs by 39 points and with a new head coach (the program’s fourth in five years), but it pretty much wasn’t even involved in the game, other than as the program getting fed to the host school.

Jonathan Smith, a former Beavers standout at quarterback, was coaching his first game as a head coach, but ABC didn’t even acknowledge him until more than 12 minutes had gone by. The Beavers had the ball for the fourth time, had already scored a touchdown and been in OSU territory three times before they put the camera on him and let the nation know he was one of the brightest offensive minds in the game. The Beavers even lost their starting quarterback after just one possession to make the game that much harder, yet back-up Conor Blount was performing admirably against one of the premier defensive lines in the game.

The network, and rightly so, opened the broadcast with an update of the drama surrounding Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension that led to assistant Ryan Day taking over as interim head coach. ABC’s broadcast team of Dave Pasch and Greg McElroy covered Day extensively, as it should have.

But, Oregon State actually played in the game, too, and they pretty much forgot to include that element as part of the broadcast for most of the first quarter. They eventually got around to Smith and former coach Mike Riley returning to become an assistant on the team’s fourth possession.

The score by the team’s fourth possession was getting out of hand, and it was a disaster of a game on defense along the way to giving up 77 points. But, the offense played heroically behind Blount, receiver Trevon Bradford and running back Artavis Pierce, and eventually scored 31 points.

ABC just covered Ohio State for almost the entire first quarter, something that shows no respect for a major college program, which might be in a rocky spot in football - almost half of the team had never played in a Div. I game before, but is still celebrating a national title in baseball so there’s plenty to talk about regarding the teams from Corvallis. None of that drama or excitement got anywhere near the broadcast until a half-hour had passed.

The game wasn’t much in doubt pretty quickly, but Oregon State deserved a lot more respect that it got shown by ABC Saturday morning. And, it’s apology worthy - to coach Smith and Beaver Nation, regardless of the eventual score.

OSU snares its top prospect

Jonathan Smith returns to Corvallis as head coach
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Oregon State has finalized a deal to bring Jonathan Smith back to Corvallis as its next head football coach.

Sports Illustrated and The Associated Press reported earlier Wednesday that Oregon State chose to hire Smith, a former Beavers quarterback who has been part of a Washington staff that has led the Huskies to consecutive double-digit-win seasons.

"I want to thank President Ray and [athletic director] Scott Barnes for their confidence in presenting me this opportunity to return to Oregon State University to be the head coach," Smith said. "I also want to express my gratitude to Coach (Chris) Petersen for providing me a path to realize my dream as a head coach."

Smith has been working as quarterbacks coach for Petersen since 2012, starting at Boise State, and then at Washington, starting in 2014.

He also had stops as an assistant at Montana and Idaho. He was a graduate assistant at Oregon State from 2002-03.

Smith was a walk-on in Corvallis, playing for the Beavers from 1998-2001. He started a quarterback on Oregon State's 2000 team that went 11-1 and defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl under coach Dennis Erickson.

"We are very excited about having Coach Smith lead our program," Barnes said. "We interviewed several qualified candidates and Coach Smith emerged as our top choice. He brings to Oregon State football an impressive plan to build our program. He has a unique perspective on what it means to be a part of Beaver Nation and to be successful for our student-athletes on and off the field."

A fan favorite during his playing days, Smith ranks third on Oregon State's career list with 55 touchdown passes and 9,680 passing yards.

Oregon State has been in the market for a new coach since Gary Andersen surprisingly stepped down in early October after a 1-5 start, with the victory coming over Portland State.

 

Beavers pass on big win

Stanford upends Oregon State under the lights, 42-24
Sept. 25, 2015 / Associated Press

CORVALLIS -  Oregon State’s opportunity to pull off an impressive upset in coach Gary Andersen’s first season came and went Friday night.

Quarterback Kevin Hogan, nursing an injured leg, completed nine of 14 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 21 Stanford past the Beavers 42-24 at Reser Stadium in a nationally-televised game.

Hogan was a game-time decision, and had his left foot in a boot quickly following the game.

“I’m out there, the adrenaline is kicking in,” Hogan said. “I feel good. I feel no limitations.”

Christian McCaffrey ran for a career-high 206 yards and ended up with 303 all-purpose yards for Stanford (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12), which held just a 21-17 lead at the half over the Beavers (2-2, 0-1) before a pair of third-quarter touchdowns.

Oregon State true freshman Seth Collins hit Jordan Villamin with a 40-yard scoring pass to open the fourth quarter and the Beavers pulled within 35-24, but Stanford answered with Barry Sanders’ 65-yard touchdown run and Oregon State couldn’t catch up.

Collins passed for 275 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another score. Villamin caught seven passes for 138 yards.

Sanders rushed for 97 yards and two scores for the Cardinal.

Oregon State first-year coach Gary Andersen said Stanford was the more physical team in the end.

“Not effort,” he said of his team. “But we got worn down.”

Hogan was a question mark for the game after injuring his left ankle in the second half of last week’s upset of then-No. 6 USC. He threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns in that one, gritting out a 41-31 win that put Stanford back in the rankings.

“Our training staff and doctors, they flushed it out right after the USC game. They got all the swelling down and was really able to get my rehab going,” Hogan said after the Cardinal’s Friday win.

He deftly moved the Cardinal downfield on the opening series of the game against the Beavers. Remound Wright capped the drive with a 1-yard scoring run.

“Kevin did a great job. No issues with the ankle. He wasn’t as fast and explosive as he’s used to being, but he was still mobile, able to move around the pocket, keep his eyes downfield,” Stanford coach David Shaw said.

Collins answered for the Beavers with a 1-yard touchdown run after finding Victor Bolden in traffic with a 7-yard pass to get close.

After Hogan hit Austin Hooper with a 42-yard TD pass to make it 14-7, Collins again led Oregon State on a successful drive that ended with redshirt freshman Ryan Nall’s 5-yard scoring run, the first touchdown of his career.

Stanford went up 21-14 in the second quarter on Wright’s 2-yard scoring run. But Cardinal starting defensive end Aziz Shittu was injured before the half and had to be helped from the field.

College football should realize playoff pressure

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:08pm
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Three weeks into the college football season, the race to predict the four teams headed to the national championship semifinals is in full swing.

Ohio State is No. 1, but barely beat a Northern Illinois team that's not a gimme to win its own conference, the Mid-American. Mississippi played its way up to No. with a resounding win at Alabama Saturday. TCU continues to remain the pride of the Big 12 and a prime contender for one of the four spots. And Notre Dame is No. 6 with its legitimate hope of getting in with an unbeaten record. If the Buckeyes, Rebels, Horned Frogs and Irish all win out, then there's no problem picking the playoff semifinalists.

Trouble is when those teams start to lose, even once. Then, the decision to name the four teams turns to persons who aren't involved in the action on the field, which is a problem that the game can actually resolve fairly easily. College football needs a conference ranking system, not a team ranking. The conference schedule then becomes the integral part of the playoff system, as it should be.

Michigan State and Oregon are in key positions to illustrate this argument especially if Oregon should happen to win the Pac-12, but lose another game. The Spartans have a win over then No. 7 Oregon - a thrilling game that featured playoff pressure. But, it wasn't a playoff game because the teams are in different conferences so the outcome only affected people's opinions. And opinions don't win games, teams do.

The big potential challenge could very well happen November 21 when OSU plays host to MSU. If both teams win out until then, they should be No. 1 and 2. Should OSU win, and then win the Big 10 title the following week, they're in the semifinals. Easy.

Michigan State's 31-28 win over Oregon in the second week of the season gives Spartans fans that feeling of confidence that even if they lose to OSU and Oregon wins the Pac-12, they should be one of the four semifinalists ahead of Oregon because of the head-to-head win. That conundrum gets better, though, if Oregon should lose to USC when the teams meet November 21, but then return to beat the Trojans in the Pac-12 final two weeks later ending the season at 11-2 and with its conference title. 

Unbeaten Mississippi beats unbeaten Florida for the SEC title and earns its spot.

Notre Dame loses twice: to USC and Stanford, and is out.

TCU has a loss to Baylor, which also has a loss - to eventual 7-5 Nebraska, and those two schools finish as the only two ranked teams from the Big 12 (which actually only has 10 schools). Baylor is ranked as the conference champion.

Clemson goes unbeaten through the season, but loses in the ACC title game to 10-2 Duke, which has losses to Northwestern and Georgia Tech. Duke is 11-2, while Clemson is 12-1.

How does a two-loss Oregon team get into the semifinals over teams that have one loss? Same for Duke, which also has a conference title.

Easy, the Ducks and Blue Devils would be two of four conference champions, having won the games that mattered most - those that got them to their conference title games, and then that game, too.

With five Power Conferences, the only rankings the playoff committee would need to make is the one that ranks the five conferences - with No. 5 getting left out of the playoff. That was TCU and the Big 12 last year.

MSU has only one loss and a win over Oregon. But, that was a non-conference win. The Spartans' key game is Ohio State, assuming they beat their other four division rivals. That takes on the pressure of a playoff game, with the game's loser being dropped from the playoffs.

The five conference champions might very well be ranked this way: Ohio State, Mississippi, Baylor, Oregon and Duke.

Duke gets left out. Florida, Clemson, Michigan State, TCU - all one-loss teams, scream to be ahead of Oregon, but none have a conference title.

That Michigan State loss is out there for the college football world to salivate over at the right time because of insider opinions, but it shouldn't be, even if the Ducks lose another game. Oregon has five division games, which lead to a conference title game, and that's the playoff system that every other team has, too - the Big 12 has more conference games, so that's its argument to overcome the lack of a conference title game.

The Power 5 conferences will each have a champion, and those are the only five teams that should be considered for the four semifinal spots, regardless of their records. That's how a playoff system works - the better team doesn't always win because which team is better is from an opinion based on stats and records. The actual better team wins on the field, and every team in the Power 5 (plus Notre Dame) has its shot at winning the games that matter.

 

 

Beavers play their role for Harbaugh

OSU leads early but eventually falls 35-7 at Michigan
Sept. 12, 2015 / Oregonsports.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The football gods opened the heavens for Oregon State Saturday, but the Beavers were unable to move in during a nationally-televised game at Michigan Stadium.

After scoring on their first drive, and forcing a turnover just seconds later, the Beavers played into the traditional outcome expected when the two programs meet, losing 35-7 in the opening home game of the Jim Harbaugh-era at Michigan.

Michigan tailback De'Veon Smith ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns to lead Michigan.

OSU finished the game with just 138 total yards, 79 of which came on its opening drive.

The outcome left both teams at 1-1, with Oregon State returning to Corvallis next week for a home game against San Jose State.

"We needed to capitalize on mistakes," OSU quarterback Seth Collins said. "We didn't lose heart."

Collins capped the opening drive with a 21-yard pass to Hunter Jarmon, but finished the game with just six more completions.

The Beavers led for much of the first half, but special teams played a huge role in the final score. The Beavers had a 50-yard punt return wiped out by a penalty, then, trailing just 10-7, had a snap sail over punter Nick Porebski's head and wind up at the OSU 3. Michigan scored on three plays for a 17-7 halftime lead. The errant snap came after the team had a punt downed at the Michigan 2 - wiped out by a penalty.

 

Hoke gets OSU rumor mill started

Online report has OSU contacting former Michigan coach
Dec. 8, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The rumor mill regarding the open position of head football coach at Oregon State has started with former Michigan coach Brady Hoke as the first target.

Josh Newberg of 247Sports.com wrote on Twitter: "Source tells me Oregon State has made contact with Brady Hoke about their head coaching job."

The report was promoted from there by The Detroit News.

Michigan fired Hoke after four years at the university on Dec. 2. Prior to joining the Wolverines, Hoke was the head coach at Ball State and San Diego State, and he has a career head coaching record of 78-70. He was 31-20 in four seasons at Michigan, but just 3-5 in Big 10 play the past two years. The Wolverines were just 5-7 this year. During the season, athletic direcor David Brandon resigned.

Mike Riley left Oregon State last week after 14 years to become head coach at Nebraska. Riley had a 93-80 record at Oregon State; the Beavers won 10 games once (10-4, 2006) and nine games three times (2007, 2008, 2012).

Portland State is also looking for a head coach after Nigel Burton's contract was terminated following a 3-9 campaign. In five seasons, the Vikings were 21-36 under Burton. PSU named Offensive Coordinator Bryce Barnum as interim head coach through the 2015 season. The school is currently looking to hire an athletic director prior to a long-term football coach.

Hoke was a defensive line at Oregon State from 1989-94. Oregon State plays at Michigan, Sept. 12.

Michigan is also looking for a new head coach as the bowl season nears. Florida was also in the market, but hired Jim McElwain from Colorado State last week. Kansas hired Texas A&M receivers coach David Beaty last week as well.

Scott Frost, University of Oregon Offensive Coordinator, has been mentioned numerous times as a candidate at a number of schools. One online report had a Las Vegas betting line with him as a 5/2 favorite to be named coach at Nebraska.

Ohio State Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman was also on the list.

 

 

 

 

Riley heads for Nebraska

The OSU coach takes over the Cornhuskers job after 14 seasons in Corvallis
Dec. 4, 2014

Nebraska has hired Mike Riley as its football coach, the school announced on Thursday.

Riley previously served as the head coach at Oregon State, where he led the Beavers to a 93-80 record and eight bowl appearances over 14 seasons. In 2014, Oregon State went 5-7 with a 2-7 mark in the Pac-12 conference.

The 61-year-old was named the Pac-10 coach of the year in 2008 after leading Oregon State to a 9-4 record. The Beavers’ win total has declined over the past three seasons -- from nine in 2012, to seven in 2013 to five this season.

“It is truly an honor to join the University of Nebraska family,” Riley said in a statement. “Though we love Corvallis and Oregon State, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach at one of the nation’s most storied football programs and I can’t wait to get started. My sincere thanks to Chancellor Perlman and Shawn Eichorst for their confidence in me and I look forward to becoming a part of the Nebraska family and building upon the great history and tradition.”

News of Riley leaving OSU hadn’t been updated to the school’s website Thursday.

Other names floated as potential candidates for the Nebraska job included Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill.

Notice of Riley’s hire comes less than a week after Nebraska announced it had dismissed Bo Pelini following seven seasons. Nebraska, which joined the Big Ten from the Big 12 in 2011, has gone 9-3 this season.

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