24.Sep.2013 Colorado @ Oregon State
I don’t have much to say about this game.
Based on recent history, Colorado has been terrible (though, maybe improving?) and Oregon State has been good (though, seemingly in decline). OSU is sick of hearing their defense is terrible, so they’ll have incentive to silence the critics vs this bad opponent, but we said that last week…
Colorado will be eager for a win versus a PAC opponent they see as vulnerable and very beatable. This will give them confidence and motivation. Until they play defense, the Beavs are chum and everyone else is a shark.
Oregon State is at home, in front of all their critics (ha ha yeah right, a Beaver fan not on this site who is a critic) and thus in a relatively high pressure situation. They never seem to excel in these situations. But the moment you write that and get everyone on board is the moment there are too many fans in the wagon for my liking.
So what to expect? Probably some combination of all of these things. I think the OSU program is in a slightly better place so I will pick them to win, but this is the last game they can “not show up” and still win. I also think it’s the last game they can win without establishing a running game. Everyone expects the Beavs to be exposed versus Stanford. I think it can and will happen earlier than that if things don’t change. Washington State is a better version of Eastern Washington. Enjoy this last game before things get real.
Beavs 28, Colorado 24