The Pac-12, and especially Stanford and Utah, continue to have an exposure problem during daylight hours nation-wide, but lately its not an issue for Oregon State. For a time, the Beavers and their fans were as badly victimized by #Pac12[Long}AfterDark, which is becoming #Pac12[Just]BeforeDawn with California, as anyone. But everything in life and college football is cyclical, and with announcement of kickoff time in Boulder on Oct. 1, Oregon State will play 3 consecutive day games.
The Beavers and Buffs will kick off shortly after 12:30 PM MDT in Boulder, which is 11:30 AM PDT. With last Saturday’s home season opener having been a 2 PM tv slot locally, and a 12:30 tv window for this coming Saturday’s game against Boise State, it will be the first time since a series of games that spanned from November 2011 through September 2012 that the Beavers will play 3 games in a row with day time starts. It hasn’t happened on 3 consecutive Saturdays since in 2011.
The Pac-12 Network will have the coverage from Colorado. The “left overs” network could get a good contest that ESPN/ABC and Fox Sports both passed on, as the Buffs and Beavers have played very close games the last 2 years, with both prevailing in the other team’s stadium.
Decoud Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week
In other Monday news from the conference offices, Oregon State cornerback Treston Decoud has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Decoud had 2 interceptions against Idaho State in the Beavers’ 37-7 win over the Bengals, one a pick-6 that was the longest one by an OSU player since 2000.
Decoud also had 2 other pass breakups, and 4 tackles, in addition to his first 2 FBS-level interceptions.
Togiai Out Against Boise State
Oregon State TE Noah Togiai will miss the Broncos game. Togiai’s knee was injured on the opening kickoff of Saturday’s game, on a block resulting in a penalty against Idaho State. Togiai played only 2 snaps before being pulled from the game by the training staff, and was on crutches by the end of the first quarter.
Togiai’s knee was evaluated more closely today, after which he was ruled out for this week.
Linebacker and special teams player Landry Payne has also been ruled out for this week’s game, also with a knee problem.
Neither player was ruled out longer term though, and so relatively near-term recovery and return is a hope for both, vs. being out for the season. Togiai still being on crutches today makes it likely this is not a 1 week issue, though.