Colorado State Fans Should Get To Know Oregon State
Cozy up to the enemy as we ask the hard-hitting questions about Oregon State
Who are the Oregon State Beavers?
The Colorado State Rams open up their season in their brand new stadium as they host the Oregon State Beavers. To get to know the Beavers we chatted with Mike Singer who covers Oregon State for Beavers Edge of Rivals.
We answered their burning questions about Colorado State, which includes our score prediction, so check those out as well.
1. Oregon State had a quarterback competition this fall with Jake Luton vs. Marcus McMaryion. What was it that the coaches saw to give Luton the job?
– When Luton, a junior college transfer, committed to Oregon State last fall, I pegged him as the starter for the 2017 season. The coaches wanted a bigger quarterback with a strong arm, and that’s what they have in Luton.
Honestly, they didn’t have that in McMaryion. Luton was the guy to take first teams reps all throughout spring practices and into fall camp. After several practices in fall camp, the coaches felt that Luton had separated himself enough to earn the starting job. In my opinion, he is definitely the right guy.
2. A Non-game question. Give us your assessment on Marcus McMaryion who left Oregon State for Fresno State?
– He’s a game manager who gets the job done. He has a decent arm, decent accuracy, and had above average mobility. McMaryion had flashes of brilliance last season, mainly when he torched Arizona, who was the worst team in the Pac-12, but overall he left a lot more to be desired. His best quality is his leadership. The Oregon State players loved him, and the Fresno State guys will definitely look up to him.
3. How big of an injury is it for Oregon State to not have wide receiver Seth Collins?
– I don’t think it will change the outcome of the game, but he is arguably the Beavs best weapon at wide receiver. He’s versatile in that he can take the jet sweep to the distance, is a solid receiver, and can even throw the ball a bit as he did play quarterback for the Beavers in 2015.
The Beavers still have Isaiah Hodgins and Jordan Villamin healthy, who are their big outside targets, and Luton loves throwing downfield to those guys. Trevon Bradford will step into Collins’ role in the slot.
4. Colorado State is expected to have a really good offense; who are the key names to know on the Oregon State defense?
– Xavier Crawford is one of the best cornerbacks in the Pac-12 as just a redshirt sophomore. He’s a hard hitter with superb instincts. Inside linebacker Manase Hungalu had a solid season as a junior in 2016 and is looking to have an all-Pac-12 type of season. Outside linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu is a pass rusher to watch, and Brandon Arnold is a darn good safety for the Beavers.
5. What do the Beavers have to do this year to make it a successful season?
– I’m pretty certain of what the Beavers have on defense. The linebacking core is pretty good and the secondary is impressive. The defensive line was not good last year at all, but they should be improved getting to the quarterback. My concerns are more on offense. The weapons are there at running back as they might have the best running back corps in school history right now. The receivers are good, not great, but they do have an excellent tight end in Noah Togiai.
The main question marks, for me, are at quarterback and on the offensive line. Personally, I think the offensive line will be pretty good but maybe not as good as the group finished the season last year. For Luton, I think he will have his inconsistencies but will overall have a pretty good season. So to answer the question, the offense needs to be consistent.
6. What is your game prediction?
– I think both teams will come out a bit flat offensively, and the scoring will heat up slightly in the second half. I have the Beavs in a very close game, 24-21. I like OSU’s secondary to slow down the Rams passing attack, and the excellent ground attack led by Ryan Nall and Thomas Tyner will give Oregon State the edge.