The Beavers of Oregon State University are a group of football players in search of an identity. This squad, a member of the North Division in the PAC-12 Conference, has been little more than “a beatable opponent” for the past few seasons.
The Beavers have been losing games with alarming regularity to PAC-12 foes and to non-conference teams, as well. It’s disheartening and discouraging. Small crowds show up for home games. The players and the team’s fans seem unable to generate any enthusiasm.
It is a football program in desperate need of a “makeover” and Head Coach Mike Riley, in the middle of his 14th Season last year, decided to bolt for greener pastures. He resigned his position as Head Coach and accepted a similar job at the University of Nebraska.
The Beavers, playing the second half of the 2014 Season for an interim Head Coach completed their games and recorded a Won-Loss record of just 5-7. Their record against Conference foes was poor. The team won just two of seven contests.
The coming transition to new leadership is probably good for this downtrodden football squad. The new Head Coach, once he has been named and assumes his position, will have a chance to “change the culture” at Oregon State University. If the new coach can recruit talented scholar-athletes, the Beavers will, over the next few years, become much more competitive.
The improvement in on-field play may have already begun. The team played its first game last Friday, September 4th at home against Weber State University and prevailed by a score of 26-7.
Its five remaining home games will pit it against San Jose State University on September 19th, the Cardinals of Stanford University on September 25th, the University of Colorado on October 24th and the University of Washington on November 21st.
The Beavers will have one very tough visitor on November 7th. On that day, the home team will host the thirteenth ranked Bruins of UCLA. A good performance in this game would mean a lot to the Beavers and the development of their football programs.
Oregon State University will face some tough competition when it “hits the road” this season. On September 12th (that’s today), the Beavers take the field against the Michigan Wolverines, a rugged Big 10 opponent.
The Beavers then visit the 22nd ranked Arizona Wildcats on October 10th, Washington State University on October 17th, 24th ranked University of Utah on October 31st, the University of California on November 14th and the 7th ranked Oregon Ducks on November 27th. That is a rivalry game and will be played for “bragging rights.”
The Beavers of Oregon State University are a football team in transition. Solid coaching and good recruiting can turn around this program. Improvement can begin as early as this season.
Courtesy of Pac-12.com