Last weekend the college football season began with the Oregon State Beavers going on the road to Colorado State. In one of five games of the first weekend of football, Oregon State fell to the Rams 58-27.
Oregon State’s 6-7 quarterback Jake Luton, who got a “mysterious” illness in the offseason that caused him to lose 30 pounds which he is still working to gain back, threw three interceptions including one that was returned for a touchdown. Running back Ryan Nall finished the game with 115 yards rushing including a 75 yard scamper that gave the Beavers a lead.
Former University of Oregon running back and high school phenom Thomas Tyner ended his first game in black and orange with four rushes for eight yards.
Last year the Beavers finished 4-8 and have been projected around the same win total for this upcoming year. They were projected to finish near the bottom of the Pac-12 South. The team is now shifting its focus to the Vikings of Portland State. They will welcome them into Reser Stadium on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
The Ducks will begin their 2017 campaign at home on Saturday against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. After a disappointing 2016 season that saw the Ducks go 4-8 and lose to the Beavers in the Civil War, the Ducks are looking to get back to their winning ways.
Coming in to the season, there is a general unknown about what this team, that is now being coached by Willie Taggart, can accomplish. What is known is that the Ducks will be led by Eugene native Justin Herbert at quarterback. Herbert took over the starting job midway through last season.
In the Pac-12 the Ducks are projected to be a middle of the pack team and in the first series of polls, they received votes that placed them just outside the top 25.
Outside of the state of Oregon, Saturday has two big games that have captured national attention.The first game is #11 Michigan taking on #17 Florida in Arlington, Texas at 12:30 p.m. and following that is the must-watch game between #3 Florida State and #1 Alabama in Atlanta at 5:00 p.m.