After a bye week devoid of any specific indications of anything that might be done to turn around what has so far been a disaster of a season for Oregon State, the Beavers embark on the middle third of the season tonight, taking on defending division and conference champion Washington.
It’s only the second time the Huskies and Beavers have ever met in September, with another Sept. 30 meeting in 1995 equaling this year as the earliest date the teams have ever played each other. That game was also in Corvallis, and Washington won 26-16.
The 6th ranked Huskies roll into Reser fresh off a 37-10 win in Boulder in a rematch of last year’s Pac-12 Championship game, in which they reeled off a 37-3 run after giving up an early touchdown to Colorado.
The Beavers were blown out of Pullman 52-23 by the Cougs, and lost quarterback Jake Luton to a fractured vertebrae in the process. Darell Garretson, above, will take over behind center.
Neither team’s most recent results suggests any reason why Washington won’t continue their recent domination of Oregon State. The Huskies have won 5 in a row, the last 4 in blowout fashion, including a 41-17 rout last year in Seattle, in a game that was 31-0 at halftime. And if there is a more troubling stat than that, the 2 most dominant beat downs of the last 5 losses both came in the games in Reser. The early line of 26.5 seems too low if anything.