85 days until first pitch.
If you're in Corvallis Friday morning, and you're one of the first 50 fans at the new Dutch Bros or at Qdoba, you can pick up a free pair of tickets to this weekend's game.
The OSU Athletic Department put together an official preview of the game.
Keith Price has not officially been declared in or out for the game, although reports from Husky practice on Thursday said he was feeling much better.
The Pac-12 maintains its position in ESPN's conference rankings as the second best conference, roughly halfway between the SEC and the Big 12.
John Canzano talks to a Beaver fan who has quit, after 60 years, to become a USC fan. Nobody likes a quitter, Jimmy.
Ken Goe gets in with his five questions about the Huskies with Adam Jude of the Seattle Times.
Lindsey Schnell asks Sean Mannion why he never runs on short yardage plays.
In case you missed it last weekend during the game, Dylan Wynn played fullback one play. And there's a chance that will happen again. Scott Crichton wants to try tight end. Crichton, who grew up in Tacoma, is still a little bitter he wasn't offered by the Huskies.
The Pac-12 blog calls this weekend's Beaver-Husky tilt the Frustrated Bowl. Might I humbly suggest the DMV sponsor this game? The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles Frustration Bowl has a nice ring to it. The Pac-12 blog also offers predictions for this weekend's games; they split on the outcome of the Beaver game, although they both predict a FG difference with scores in the 20's. They also suggest some storylines to watch in the Pac-12 this weekend.
Bowl Projections: Athlon Sports puts the Beavs in New Mexico against Colorado State. ESPN's tandem of Schlabach and Edwards put OSU in the Texas Bowl against Michigan (!) or in the New Mexico Bowl against San Jose State. A bowl game victory over Michigan would certainly put a happy ending on a damper of a season. Let's just beat the Huskies and not have to worry about falling that far.
Oregon State's high powered passing offense is not going overlooked by Washington, despite the recent lack of success. Washington actually has the best pass defense in the conference, which does not bode well for OSU this weekend. In a video feature, Sean Mannion and DJ Alexander offer some insight on the Huskies.
Want to participate in some Civil War related activities? OSU has a couple of official events you can sign up for -- a kick off lunch in Portland with Bill Enyart and a dinner and auction with Bob DeCarolis in Bend; both events are Monday.
Speaking of Bob DeCarolis, he responded to the complaints about having so many night games.
"Beaver Nation, we have received many emails and phone calls expressing concern about the number of night football games this season. Rest assured many of the same concerns are being conveyed across the Pac-12 by fan bases of other schools. The Conference’s Athletic Directors are making the issue of night games a priority discussion at future Pac-12 Conference meetings. While night games and weeknight home games are unavoidable due to contractual obligations, the goal moving forward is to work with our television partners and Conference office to mitigate the number of late kickoffs. I will provide updates during the process and continue to be proactive on this issue. Thanks for your outstanding support of Beaver Athletics. See you this Saturday." Go Beavs! Bob De Carolis Director of Athletics
The complete list of seniors to be honored this weekend, taken from the OSU website:
Josh Andrews OG Sociology Fontana, CA 29 starts, 27 straight
John Braun DT Sociology Lebanon, OR 8 starts, 27 career tackles
Steven Christian S M.A. Sacramento 10 tackles
Kevin Cummings WR Marketing Culver City, CA 51 recep, 582 yds, 4 TDs
Grant Enger OG Business Bothell, WA Captain, 28 starts
Charlie Gilmur LB Marketing Tacoma, WA 4 career games
Micah Hatfield WR Human Dev. Lake Oswego, OR 19 recep, 201 yds, 3 TDs
Devon Kell DE Health Hilo, HI 24 tckls, 2 sacks
Dyllon Mafi LB Sociology Oakland, CA 4 tckls
Sean Martin CB New Media Corona, CA 9 starts, 85 tckls, 4 INT
Tim McMullen P Exercise & Sport Science Parkdale, Aust. Holder, 1 start
Michael Philipp OT Health San Bernardino, CA 45 starts, 23 straight
Rashaad Reynolds CB Human Dev. Pacoima, CA Captain, 198 tckls, 9 INT
Mana Rosa DT Psychology Haiku, HI 10 starts, 49 tckls
Mitch Singler WR Marketing Medford, OR 5 recep.
Jovan Stevenson RB Sociology Tucson, AZ 379 yds, 6 TDs
Cody Vaz QB Sociology Lodi, CA 1625 yds, 11 TDs
Checking in with the hoops team, in an odd mid-season, non-holiday bye week. The next game, next Tuesday against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, is the N7 game, designed to promote Native American awareness and relations. You might know it more colloquially as the "Blue Uniform Game."
Womens' basketball continues to look strong, defeating Loyola Marymount 92-54 on Thursday night at Gill Coliseum, improving their season record to 4-0.
The swim team is participating in the UNLV Fall Invitational; the meet began Thursday.
The National Letter of Intent period is going in a number of sports right now. Volleyball signed five recruits, including Santiam Christian's own Maddy Gravley.
I moved to Corvallis in 1984, smack dab in the middle of Oregon State's terrible football streak. This game, which happened the following season, was the first time I remember actually getting excited about Beaver football.
Another favorite memory of a Beaver-Husky game, quite a bit more recent.
And an unrelated Youtube short to finish it off. Yup, it's a funny cat video. Deal.
As always, if I missed anything, leave it in the comments below. And make sure to vote in the poll below. Go Beavs! Third place or bust!
And remember, you can vote for Brandin Cooks for the Biletnikoff Award every day if you are so inclined.