1. OREGON STATE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
There will still be growing pains.
Jonathan Smith is still a young head coach trying to figure it all out, and part of that means the total gut job that started last year has to continue.
The Beavers went way young at several spots as they prepared for the near future, but the payoff isn’t going to be there quite yet, mainly because of the talent on the lines.
The skill guys are good enough to make some Pac-12 noise, but it doesn’t matter if the quarterbacks are getting steamrolled over on a regular basis. Throw in the porous run D, and there’s a whole lot of pressure being put on to keep up the pace.
But there’s experience now, even if the overall depth is a bit lacking. There’s enough to take a decent step forward, but that only means …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 3
After winning one game in 2017, and two in 2018, getting to three would be at least a move up. More importantly, though, the program has to be more competitive.
Other than the win over Colorado and the close call 37-35 loss to Nevada, the Beavers were destroyed by every other FBS team on the slate – 13 of the last 14 games against Power Five teams were double-digit losses.
They’ll get by Cal Poly, possibly win at Hawaii, and they’ll pull off a shocker somewhere else, but there aren’t enough layups on the slate to push for six wins.
Again, just be interesting, Oregon State. It’ll at least be that.