2015-16 Football Previews – (Pac 12) – Beavers
It’s time for the 2015 Oregon State Beavers season to open in less than a week. This will be the first game of the Gary Andersen Era in Corvallis. August training camp is over, there’s no more position battles. Time has begun for fall camp to close down and play some games for real at Oregon State.
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Pac 12 2015-2016 College Football Preview – OSU
Head Coach: Gary Anderson
2014 Record: 5-7
Oregon States Odds to Pac 12: 200/1
Oregon State made probably the most surprising hiring of the offseason when they essentially stole Gary Anderson from the Wisconsin Badgers.
Oregon State had a really down year in 2014 as they failed to gain any traction and struggled in the Pac 12. The Beavers had just 2 conference wins, thanks in large part to their struggling defense.
Oregon State will welcome in a brand new QB in 2015 as they have 3 potential candidates that will likely rotate and compete over the first couple weeks of the season.
They still will lean heavily on RB Storm Woods who returns for his senior season.
Oregon State will get a chance to find themselves some sort of identity with their opening game being against Weber State. However, things won’t get easy as they head to Michigan for Jim Harbaugh’s first home game in the Big House in Week 2.
Storm Woods: The Beavers will be a clear run first offense in 2015. Woods rushed for 766 yards in 2014 and 5 touchdowns. While those numbers don’t jump out to many, he was still the biggest part of their offense.
With QB Sean Mannion graduated, the Beavers only real threat now will be Woods.
Coaching: The signing of Gary Anderson will make a giant impact on this Beavers team that is in the lower tier of the Pac 12.
Anderson won 19 games at Wisconsin and took his team to a Big Ten Title Game. His most impressive season, 2014, came when he coached through a lot of injuries, along with a brand new offensive line.
Anderson used solid defense, clock management, and never tried to do too much with the play calling. That formula should fit perfectly within the Beavers’ offensive scheme.
Quarterback: The loss of Sean Mannion is going to be a tough one to overcome. In fact, chances are they will have to wait a couple years to find out who their true future QB is.
Oregon State’s offense averaged only 25.7 points last season with a solidified QB. Can they find a way to score with 3 freshmen competing?
Two red shirt freshmen, Nick Mitchell and Marcus McMaryion are the leading candidates as they sat behind Mannion and watched for the entire 2014 season.
The new incoming freshman, Seth Collins, is rated as a 2 star and will likely be a long shot to take over the full time job.
With no QB having any experience, Anderson will have a lot of tough tasks ahead of him. First, picking a QB or finding some sort of rotation to get a look at them. While this will work Week 1 against Weber State, if they did a rotation like QB system in the Big House Week 2, they’ll be blown right out of there.
2015 Oregon State Prediction: 3-9
The Beavers are a much worse team than in 2014. Sitting with 3 no experienced QBs and still not knowing who will start will be stressful enough.
As stated before, the Beavers will rely a lot on Storm Woods this season.
Patience will be the key for Oregon State. Gary Anderson is a proven, good head coach with lots of talent. However, this younger core of players will need time to develop and fit into his offense.
Oregon State will be a struggle in 2015, but give Anderson a year or two and this team will be back in contention in the Pac 12 conference.
OSU 2015 Schedule
|9/4/15||8:00 PM ET||WEB|
|9/12/15||12:00 PM ET||@MICH|
|9/19/15||8:00 PM ET||SJSU|
|9/25/15||10:00 PM ET||STAN|
|11/27/15||3:30 PM ET||@ORE|
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