Weber State: 5 Things to Watch

What: Weber State at Oregon State
When: 5 p.m. Today
Where: Reser Stadium
Series: This will be the first time the two teams have played each other.
Last season: Weber State finished 2-10, including a 2-6 mark in Big Sky play.
Notable: Jay Hill, Weber State’s head coach, was recruited by Gary Andersen, who at the time was an assistant coach at Utah.

5 Things to Watch:

How does OSU come out? From the get-go, the Beavers need to punch the Wildcats in the face and not let up. They can’t take Weber State for granted and need to play like their hair is on fire. Even if it’s not pretty, a big win sets the tone for the season, for the team and fans alike.

Run the ball, and don’t stop… Unless Weber State contains the run. The Beavers should run the ball, and often. We’re talking 30+ times. The run supposedly is going to be the strength of the offense, so what better game for it to be established and put into rhythm?

Which QB manages best? First game of season. First game in a new system. First snap in game… That’s the scenario for both Seth Collins and Marcus McMaryion, who are both supposed to play. So which one moves the ball best, while protecting it?

The front 7: There’s higher expectations for the OSU defense. Let’s see how much pressure they can get on the Wildcats. The front seven should be able to do what it wants, but will that translate to stops, sacks, tackles for loss, etc.?

Shrouded in Mystery… Not much has been reported about the Beavers’ special teams. So assuming the Beavers end up punting against Webber State, it will be nice to see new punter Nick Porebski in action.

Game Prediction: Oregon State 30, Weber State 10. (RW)

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