Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oregon State/Michigan Preview: Can The Beavers Make It 4 Years In A Row To Open Play With A Road Win?

Oregon State coach Gary Andersen knows the home-opening win against Weber State 26-7 on Sept. 4 will mean nothing if the same intensity and effort is not matched on the road at Michigan on Saturday.

The Wolverines come into the contest looking to avenge last week’s 24-17 season-opening loss at Utah Utes and if the Beavers are to remain undefeated on this young season, it will have to rely on newly minted starting quarterback Seth Collins to carry the majority of the load.

“Seth’s gonna take the first snap, so that’s that magical word of the ‘starter’,” Andersen said in Monday’s press conference. “He’ll take the first snap and, at this point, it’s scheduled for him to get the majority of the snaps.”

In case Collins does not play at a high level, backup Marcus McMaryion will be next in line to get some snaps under center.

Another highlight from Monday’s press conference was Andersen’s emphasis of Michigan being a physical team and how Oregon State must be up to the task of matching the intensity.

“The challenge for our kids is to understand, when opportunity knocks, you have to make plays,” Andersen said. “You can’t leave plays on the field when you’re playing a defense like we’re playing right now, and I think Michigan’s probably saying the same thing­– they’re gonna play against an aggressive defense and you gotta take advantage of opportunities when opportunity knocks."

One trend OSU has going for itself is winning its last three road openers (2014– at Hawai’i, 38-30), (2013– at Utah, 51-48 OT) and (2012– at UCLA 27-20).

Oregon State’s Players To Watch For- Oregon State linebacker Rommel Mageo:

With Michigan’s running back core a question mark, Rommel Mageo could set a personal best for the second time in as many weeks.

Against Weber State, Mageo accounted a career-high 11 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

Senior tailback Storm Barrs-Woods:

The workhorse of the Beavers’ running back core needs 43 yards to join Jacquizz Rodgers as the only other 2,000 x 1,000 player in school history.

Game Planner:

Oregon State Beavers (1-0) at Michigan Wolverines (0-1)

Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI

Time: Saturday, Noon ET

TV/Online: ABC/WatchESPN

Line: Michigan -14

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