(Game 1) September 1st: at Ohio State
All-Time Series: Ohio State (2-0) | Last Meeting: 1984 (Ohio State 22, OSU 14)
Nothing like kicking off a brand new season with a road trip to Ohio State, where the Buckeyes expect to be National Championship contenders once again. Adding to the magnitude of this one will also be that it should be the debut for the newest Oregon State head football coach. Nothing like getting thrown into the fire from the get-go.
(Game 2) September 8th: vs. Southern Utah
All-Time Series: First Ever Meeting | Last Meeting: N/A
A rising program at the FCS level, Southern Utah is currently 8-2 on the season and has been consistently ranked in the Top 25 throughout the campaign. It’s teams like this that have been known to give the Beavers trouble over the years. The fact that these two programs have never met before will likely help Southern Utah, meaning the Thunderbirds may prove a formidable foe for the Beavers.
(Game 3) September 15th: at Nevada
All-Time Series: Oregon State (3-0) | Last Meeting: 1999 (OSU 28, Nevada 13)
While history seems to be on Oregon State’s side in terms of it’s prior match-ups with Nevada, the Beavers will need to be firing on all cylinders to find their way past an always pesky Wolfpack squad. A road contest anywhere in the Mountain West always leaves the potential for a serious upset. This Saturday show-down against Nevada should be no different.
(Game 4) September 22nd: vs. Arizona
All-Time Series: Arizona (23-15-1) | Last Meeting: 2017 (Arizona 49, OSU 28)
The good news for Oregon State is that they kick-off the Pac-12 portion of their schedule at home. The bad news is that it’ll come against a Wildcats squad who had their way with the Beavers earlier this season. However, Oregon State has won their last two clashes against Arizona in Corvallis, which could serve as a point of confidence heading into this game.
(Game 5) September 29th: at Arizona State
All-Time Series: Arizona State (27-13-1) | Last Meeting: 2014 (OSU 35, Arizona State 27)
Oregon State’s upcoming opponent on Saturday, the 2017 showdown betwen these two squads will be the team’s first meeting since 2014, when the Beavers knocked off a then-ranked #6 Arizona State squad in Corvallis. In 2018, Oregon State and the Sun Devils will meet in Tempe for the first time since 2013, when Arizona State squashed the Beavers, 30-17.
(Game 6) October 6th: vs. Washington State
All-Time Series: Washington State (52-47-3) | Last Meeting: 2017 (Washington State 52, OSU 23)
The Beavers may have won ten of the last fourteen games in the series against Washington State but they’ve dropped the last four contests against the Cougars, as head coach Mike Leach has turned the boys from Pullman into annual Pac-12 contenders. The Cougars’ high-octane offense will be a rough match-up for Oregon State’s defense.
(Game 7) October 20th: vs. California
All-Time Series: California (37-33) | Last Meeting: 2017 (California 37, OSU 23)
Following the Beavers bye week, a home meeting with California may be one of Oregon State’s better chance at a victory on paper when looking at the 2018 slate. Having two weeks to prepare for a team can never hurt, especially if it’s a squad that your new head coach (if it’s Beau Baldwin) may be very familiar with. It shouldn’t hurt that it’s the homecoming game for Oregon State as well.
(Game 8) October 27th: at Colorado
All-Time Series: Tied (5-5) | Last Meeting: 2017 (Colorado 36, OSU 33)
Always a daunting road trip, nobody from Oregon State will be looking forward to traveling to Boulder, especially after the heart-breaking fashion in which the Beavers 2017 duel against Colorado ended. The only positive about this match-up is that it’ll be Oregon State’s last meeting with an always intriguing Colorado program until the year 2021.
(Game 9) November 3rd: vs. USC
All-Time Series: USC (62-11-4) | Last Meeting: 2017 (USC 38, OSU 10)
Like Colorado, USC won’t find itself back on Oregon State’s schedule until the year 2021, which should be a nice break for the Beavers from perennial conference contenders in the Trojans. USC will likely have to replace Sam Darnold at quarterback, but head coach Clay Helton has mostly re-established the Trojans’ winning culture, regardless of the personnel involved.
(Game 10) November 10th: at Stanford
All-Time Series: Stanford (56-25-3) | Last Meeting: 2017 (Stanford 15, OSU 14)
Nobody in Beaver Nation will be forgetting Oregon State’s near-upset of the Cardinal in 2017 anytime soon, as the Beavers basically had Stanford on the ropes in the second game of interim head coach Cory Hall’s tenure. However, Oregon State let Stanford head coach David Shaw and company off the hook, setting up what should be an emotional 2018 clash.
(Game 11) November 17th: at Washington
All-Time Series: Washington (64-34-4) | Last Meeting: 2017 (Washington 42, OSU 7)
The Huskies have made mincemeat of the Beavers in the last few showdowns between these two squads, a trend that could continue in 2018. Not only does Oregon State just simply not match-up well against Washington, but the Huskies will also have a bye week prior to this meeting. The Beavers will need their best effort to keep this one close.
(Game 12) November 23rd: vs. Oregon
All-Time Series: Oregon (63-47-10) | Last Meeting: 2016 (OSU 34, Oregon 24)
One of those games that never seems to lose any of it’s luster, there’s something about Oregon State and Oregon meeting up on the day after Thanksgiving that just adds to the exciting potential of this contest. There won’t be any love lost between the Beavers and the Ducks (that’s for sure) and the unique Friday night setting should only add to the storylines in the lead-up to the game.