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Oregon State Beavers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

Oregon State Beavers 2016 Preview

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The Oregon State Beavers have nowhere to go but up after a 2-10 season that had 0 wins in the Pac-12.

Overview: Gary Anderson struggled in his first year at the helm for Oregon State, but many expect him to continue to rebuild and have a better season this year. Oregon State has Oregon, Arizona, Boise State and Washington State at home this season, while traveling to play UCLA, Stanford, Washington, and Minnesota. Those 4 big home games give Anderson’s side a chance at a good win against a good team.

Oregon State Beavers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: Oregon State has two offensive coordinators this season, Kevin McGiven and T.J. Woods, in hopes of sparking an offense that averaged 19 points per game with 177.3 rushing yards and 159.1 passing yards per game. Darrell Garretson (transfer from Utah State) is expected to be the starting quarterback for Oregon State. Garretson passed for 2,586 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2 seasons with Utah State. Seth Collins is an athlete that will be interesting to see how the Beavers use him after not working out at quarterback last season. Collins had 575 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns last season. Ryan Nall is the best returning running back with 455 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns last season. Jordan Villamin and Victor Bolden return as the top 2 pass catchers for Oregon State. Villamin had 660 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Bolden had 461 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns last season for the Beavers. The offensive line lost 2 of 5 starters, but return some guys who have experience, so it’s not a complete rebuild of the offensive line.

Defense: Kevin Clune will lead the Oregon State defense that gave up 37 points per game with 225.5 rushing yards and 256 passing yards per game. Caleb Saulo is the leading tackler that is returning with 69 tackles for Oregon State last season. There are a lot of open positions for the Oregon State defense, as you would expect when you almost give up 40 points per game in the previous season. Oregon State also lost a lot of talent on the defensive side, which will make it even tougher to assemble a respectable squad against some of the high-paced offenses of the Pac-12. The secondary has a very open competition, as opponents seemed to pass at will against Oregon State. Oregon State has an uphill climb on defense this season and it will be interesting to see which players step up and try to this team competitive.

Special Teams: Oregon State is returning their place kicker, Garrett Owens, who made 11-15 field goals and all 23 PATs last season. Nick Porebski will be the Oregon State punter after averaging about 41 yards last season. Victor Bolden is expected to be the return man after averaging 25.2 yards and 1 touchdown last season.

Outlook: This Oregon State team has a long way to go to being competitive in the PAC-12, but they are headed in the right direction. It will take a couple more seasons of rebuilding, but the Beavers are on the right track. It will be another season of only a couple of wins (if they are lucky), in my opinion.

Schedule:

Sept. 1 at Minnesota
Sept. 17 Idaho State 
Sept. 24 Boise State
Oct. 1 at Colorado
Oct. 8 California
Oct. 15 Utah
Oct. 22 at Washington
Oct. 29 Washington State
Nov. 5 at Stanford
Nov. 12 at UCLA
Nov. 19 Arizona
Nov. 26 Oregon

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