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Weekend Scouting: Upcoming Opponents to Keep an Eye On (Week 2)

Louisville quarterback Adam Froman hopes his Louisville Cardinals roll into Corvallis with a 2-0 record next week.
Louisville quarterback Adam Froman hopes his Louisville Cardinals roll into Corvallis with a 2-0 record next week.

Continuing a series we started last week, here's a look at OSU's upcoming opponents, and what they're busy doing this weekend. 

November 9, in Tucson

Arizona at The Citadel (7pm) 

Nick Foles was impressive on Arizona's opening day, throwing for 360 yards and completing all but five of his passes. The Wildcats will need a similar performance this week to keep their season rolling, as they'll get a tough test next week in Iowa. The Citadel has a rough offseason, with their starting quarterback for much of last year deciding to hang up the cleat. But wait, there's more! Another quarterback was charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary, kidnapping, and possession of a firearm-- all against an assistant coach, who has since left the program. New defensive coordinator Mark Collins also left, but he bolted for the NFL a month after he was fired. Next week: Iowa

September 18, in Corvallis

Louisville vs. Eastern Kentucky (Big East Network, 12:30pm) 

Louisville is rebuilding, but they should have no trouble with EKU, an in-state D-II opponent. Charlie Strong is still looking for his first win as head coach of the Cards, and he wants to get it before traveling to Corvallis next week. It will be interesting to see how Lousiville bounces back from a tough loss to Kentucky last week. The passing game is the most potent part of the EKU offense, so this game could expose weaknesses in the Cardinals secondary. Next week: Oregon State

November 2, in Corvallis

Arizona State vs. Northern Arizona (FSArizona, 7:15)

When will ASU's season start? They're playing an FCS opponent for the second week in a row, and they'll need the same result. Last week, Portland State came into town and ASU won 41-7. Don't expect NAU to roll over and play dead-- they've shown that they can score points against Division 1 opposition. They lost to a No. 15 ranked Arizona State 30-13 in 2008, and went down fighting to the tune of 34-17 last season against Arizona. This should be another win for Erickson's bunch-- we'll start to see what they're really made of next week.  Next week: at Wisconsin

September 25, in Boise

Boise State vs. Virginia Tech (ESPN, Monday 5pm) 

After their 33-30 win over Virginia Tech, the Broncos have the weekend off. We'll worry about them later. Next week: Wyoming

--Jake | (