We don’t have any kickoff times or tv channel assignments yet, but we do know who the Beavers will play on what day this coming football season.
With it being a Civil War road game year, there will be 6 games at Reser, 4 of which will be conference contests, the only 4 during term, when the students will be on campus.
The only bye will set up a sole Thursday night game, one of the home games, though there will be 2 open Saturdays in October for OSU fans, and only 1 Saturday home game between the end of September and late November. There will also be 1 Friday game, as the Civil War will be the day after Thanksgiving.
The season will open on Saturday, Sept. 2, when Oregon State hosts Portland State. The Beavers also host Minnesota on Sept. 9, before embarking on back to back road games.
The Pac-12 campaign opens at Washington State, on Sept. 16, and then the Beavers will play at Colorado State on Sept. 23.
Oregon State will then face the likely favorites to meet in the conference Championship game in back to back weeks, hosting Washington on Sept. 30, and then traveling to USC on Oct. 7. This sends the Beavers to LA in back to back years, and 3 out of 4 seasons. USC begins their 2 year stint as the LA opponent for Oregon State, replacing UCLA.
Oregon State returns home for their only Saturday home game in October, hosting Colorado on Oct. 14. 12 days later is the Thursday night game, when Stanford visits on October 26. After having a number of conference games on Thursday nights in recent years, this is the only conference game on a Thursday this year, with the other weeknight games on Fridays. Why Oregon State and Stanford were singled out is unknown.
The schedule is back-loaded with road games, with half of them in November.
The Beavers head to Berkeley to take on California on November 4th, and will spend Veteran’s Day in Tucson, taking on Arizona. The holiday on Friday will make this road trip easier than it often is for Beaver fans.
The last home game of the season is the following Saturday, when Arizona State returns to the schedule rotation, after a 2 year absence, and returns to Reser for the first meeting between the Sun Devils and the Beavers since the 2014 freezer bowl upset.
The campaign closes out with the Civil War, on Friday, November 24 at Autzen.
This year and next Oregon State will miss Utah.
With half the home schedule in September, and the early start to the conference campaign in the 3rd week of the season, it will be important for the Beavers to get off to a faster start in 2017 than in the last few years. The extensive road trips late in the season will serve as a test to the maturity of the team, which won’t be able to leverage Reser to the degree they were able late in last season.