The Dam Links 9/6/2013:  Aloha

Steve Dykes

Whether that's the "Hello" or "Goodbye" version of Aloha is entirely up to you.

The good news is that today is Friday and tomorrow is Saturday. The bad news is that I still have not gotten over last Saturday.

The Oregonian has 5 questions with Hawaii beat writer Stephen Tsai. There are also a lot of connections between Oregon State's coaching staff and the University of Hawaii.

Mike Riley released a new two-deep this week. Mullaney beat out Gwacham for the second starting WR position, and Victor Bolden is the primary backup behind Brandin Cooks.

Mark Schlabach puts together a "Bottom 10" list every week of the college football season, supposedly ranking the worst ten teams in the FBS. Oregon State makes the list at #5; it should be noted that the #5 ranking is usually reserved for a better team that had a truly embarrassing loss, moreso than a team he actually thinks is amongst the worst ten.

In case you were worried about Brandin Cooks' back, he seems back to 100%.

Jordan Poyer was not happy with the Beavers' performance on Saturday, either.

Although it got completely overshadowed by the ineptitude of the defense, the Beavers' special teams play last week wasn't good either, specifically the return game (although they did block a PAT which was almost a big deal). The Portland Tribune looks at the adjustments that special teams is trying to make.

Ted Miller talks about OSU picking up the pieces. This week's Pac-12 Blog power rankings don't really come as a surprise. Their predictions for this week show that they haven't completely lost faith in OSU, though.

OSU's offense looked a lot better than its defense, but it had its own faults. The run game was not particularly strong (although not having Seumalo likely did not help), and Storm Woods is aware of that. Another part of OSU's offense that really didn't look good at all last week was Obum Gwacham. He would like to fix that.

Vegas Insider opened this weekend's game with Oregon State as a 24.5-point favorite. It has since climbed to 27.

The Heinrich Tailgater's weekly Illegal Participation podcast. Many BtD regulars would like to nominate Mark Banker as a nominee for the HT's Jackass of the Week Award.

The future's so bright, you've got to wear shades. Or not. OSU's 2014 recruiting class is currently ranked last in the Pac-12. What else is new?

Oregon State Volleyball is 4-0, and plays the University of Michigan today in Ann Arbor. So at my least my alma mater has one program that can beat the teams it should. So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

Women's soccer hosts the Nike Invitational this weekend. They have games against UC Irvine today and Hawaii Sunday. The athletic department has a feature on senior midfielder Brandi Dawson.

The 2-0 mens' soccer team plays a couple of games in Michigan this weekend. They gathered up some awards due to the winning last weekend's Nike Invitational tournament.

In case you missed Andy's post from Wednesday, OSU's men's basketball schedule is up. Connor Letourneau of O-Live gives it a once over. The highlight of the home non-conference basketball season is Notre Dame women's team coming to Gill on December 29th.

Speaking of basketball, don't forget that Gary Payton's HoF inauguration ceremony is this Sunday at 11am on NBA TV. You can DVR it and watch it once the NFL is over.

In honor of the glove, we'll feature his 10 best highlight plays. Normally, I try to keep these short videos under a minute or two (ain't nobody got time for that), but for The Glove, I'll make an exception.

As always, vote in the poll below, and hope you'll be at the game tomorrow. I'll be at the Heinrich Tailgater a few hours before the game if anyone wants to come say Hi and/or punch me for not demanding Mark Banker be fired last Sunday.

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