The Beavers have struggled in the past in pre-season, non-conference road games. In fact, they're 0-7 in early-season, non-league road games since 2003, and 1-8 overall (Hawaii in 2006 is the exception). The Beavers will look to reverse the trend Saturday night in Sin City, but they'll have to get past the UNLV Rebels to do it.
Some logistical notes, from the OSU game release:
Kickoff is 8:04 p.m. from Sam Boyd Stadium (36,800). The game will be televised live by the CBS College Sports Network - located on DirecTV (613), the Dish Network (152), Cablevision (412), Comcast (412 and 725 in HD), Cox, Insight, Time Warner and Verizon FIOS. Saturday marks the 20th consecutive live televised Beaver game.
And as it turns out, the Beavers and Rebels will be meeting for the fifth time:
This is the fifth meeting between the two schools on the football field, with UNLV holding a 3-1 advantage. Saturday concludes a two-game contract that started with Oregon State's 47-17 2002 victory over the Rebels in Corvallis. UNLV's three wins came in 1983 (35-21), 1990 (45-20) and 1991 (23-9 - only previous meeting in Las Vegas).
The Beavers are trying to reverse the trend of poor starts this season. A win over UNLV would put OSU at 2-0 on the year, with a non-conference bout with Cincinatti remaining.
It's modest, but a win Saturday night would give OSU its first 2-0 start to the season since the Beavers defeated Portland State and Boise State to open 2005. OSU hasn't won its first three games since 2002 when it won four in a row.
Until I have time to preview the game in more detail, check out the official Oregon State release for all your notes and statistics.