The significance of this game is two fold; first it is being played in Jerry World just miles from TCU's campus, and second it might be the sight for Verba-Con 2010 (go listen to their podcast to get what that means). Oregon State lost their regular season game to Oregon in their annual Civil War game by a mere four points. That loss sent the Beavers from going to the Rose Bowl all they down to the Las Vegas Bowl where they were beaten by BYU and the wind.
The Beavers have had some legal troubles with some players stealing a golf cart and then crashing it. Other legal issues for the Beavers was with quarterback Peter Lalich received a boating DUI while in Shasta, California. That was his third alcohol related offense, and that lead to Lalich getting removed from Oregon State. Prior to arriving in Corvallis, Lalich was booted from Virginia for alcohol related offense.
The big off season issue is who will be the Beavers quarterback. Sean Canfield graduated and with Lalich kicked off of the team is leaving the Beavers with Ryan Katz who appeared in four games last year. Also, former starter Lyle Moevao was denied a sixth year of eligibility leaving Ryan Katz as the man. Having the new quarterbacks game against TCU in their backyard in the spaceship that doubles as a football stadium.
The familiar faces are the Rodgers brothers Jacquizz Rodgers and James Rodgers who will lead the offense as dynamic playmakers. The offense and defense returns severn starters each so they are experienced, but the quarterback play will determine how far the Beavers can go in the Pac-10.
If the Beavers had a solid showing at the quarterback position then they might have an outside shot at the Pac-10 title, but an eight win season looks to be in order for the Beavers.
Coach: Mike Riley
Last season: 8-5 overall, 6-3 in the Pac-10. Lost to BYU in Las Vegas Bowl.
(minimum of six starts)
Offense (7): TE Brady Camp, G Grant Johnson, C Alex Linnenkohl, T Michael Philipp, T Mike Remmers, TB Jacquizz Rodgers, WR James Rodgers.
Defense (7): S Cameron Collins, CB James Dockery, E Kevin Frahm, S Lance Mitchell, T Brennan Olander, T Stephen Paea, LB Dwight Roberson.
Special teams (2): P Johnny Hekker, K Justin Kahut.