San Jose State: 5 Things to Watch

San Jose State (1-1) at Oregon State (1-1
 5:10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis
TV/Radio: Pac-12 Networks/Beaver Sports Network
Series: 3-2, OSU. The two teams last met in 1997 inside then-Parker Stadium. The Beavers won the game 26-12. The Spartans head coach? Current OSU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin
SJSU’s last game: Lost 37-16 to Air Force.
Notable: Baldwin coached the Spartans from 1997-2000. He coached WRs previously at SJSU from 1980-83; OSU receivers coach Brent Brennan was an assistant coach for the Spartans from 2005-10, before leaving for the Beavers; SJSU tight ends/special teams coach Dan Ferrigno was on the OSU coaching staff from 1987-1995; The Beavers are scheduled to play a return game in San Jose in 2020.

5 Things to Watch:
Can the Beavers establish the run?
After averaging 1.8 yards per carry against Michigan, the Beavers have nowhere to go but up on the ground, right? San Jose State isn’t particularly strong against the run, so OSU needs to take advantage, whether it’s Barrs-Wood, Brown, or Sands during most of the damage.

Can the QBs complete more than 10 passes? Even if OSU has its way running the ball against the Spartans, hopefully that should open up the passing game and allow Collins or whoever is at QB to throw the ball with confidence. It’s important that the Beavers have some sort of balance and rhythm passing the ball as it heads into Pac-12 play.

Will McMaryion play? Speaking of QBs, will McMaryion play? And I don’t mean thrown into tough situations such as pinned inside his own 10 yard-line, etc. He needs a chance to show what he can do, so put him in when there’s not so much pressure on him. After all, what happens if he gets in a groove? Maybe he’s a much better passer than he’s shown.

Will the Beavers be more disciplined? They racked up eight penalties against Michigan, some of which were  downright silly and shocking. With 15 through two games, penalties have been one of the most surprising facets of the Andersen era so far. I think most Beavers fans expected this team to cut down its penalties from the previous two seasons.

More of a defensive push… I’m loving what I’ve seen from the OSU defense. It’s been better than advertised — physical, reactive, and smart. So I’d like to see these players come out and just overwhelm SJSU’s offensive line, running backs, and quarterback. It would set things up nicely for their matchup against what should be a solid Cardinal O-line.

What are you looking for this Saturday? What are your keys to the game? Go Beavs! (RW)

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