Colorado State Football: Oregon State First Look
The Rams look for a strong start against the Beavers
Will Colorado State be ready for this Oregon State team?
The Colorado State Rams head to Corvallis in week two of the 2020 season to take on the Oregon State Beavers. Head coach Steve Addazio will look to set the tone for the 2020 season in the second straight Pac-12 match up for the Rams. The game is currently scheduled to take place Saturday, September 12th. No time or TV schedule has been set yet.
Location: Corvallis, OR
2019 Record: 5–7 (4-5 SEC)
Head Coach: Jonathan Smith (Overall 7-17) is heading into his third season as the Beavers head coach. Smith is coaching at his alma mater. He was a QB for the Beavers from 1998-2001. Smith earned MVP honors of the Fiesta Bowl in 2000; a season in which the Beavers finished fourth in the rankings.
Smith improved his record at OSU from 2-10 in 2018 to 5-7 last year. This year the Beavers are expected to be in the mix for a middle of the table spot in the Pac-12 North as the predictions are a bit mixed for everyone after Oregon. The Beavers will be looking to stake their claim as a team to watch out for.
Series: This will be the teams fourth meeting (2-1 CSU). The Rams are on a two game winning streak and last time out the Rams opened up Canvas Stadium with an emphatic 58-27 victory in 2017.
2019 Oregon State Season Review:
The Beavers had an ok 2019 season. Outside of two ugly losses to Oklahoma State and Utah, Oregon State was in most of its games. Three of their seven losses were by a field goal or less. And the Beavers seemed to get better as the season went on.
The Beavers offense was lead by Jake Luton. The senior quarterback finished the season completing 62% of his passes for 2714 yards, 28 touchdowns, and three interceptions. His favorite targets were Isaiah Hodgins (86 receptions, 1171 yards, and 13 tds) and Noah Togiai (44 receptions, 406 yards, and three tds). The offense performed well and finished ranked 35th in the SP+.
Unfortunately the defense let this Oregon State team down. The defense finished ranked 93rd in SP+. The defense kept them in some games but didn’t show up when it mattered. Opponents converted 21 of 27 fourth down opportunities and converted 44% of their third down opportunities. Five teams were able to convert 50% or more their third down attempts against the Beavers in 2019.