In week three of Cory Hall’s stay as the Beavers interim head coach, Oregon State began to show the first signs of slipping back to their old and tired ways.
It seemed that no matter how much energy and enthusiasm Hall tried to bring to the program over the last two contests, that the team’s sheer inability to execute offensively and rally for crucial stops defensively had simply caught up to the struggling squad against California. In arguably one of Oregon State’s most-winnable games remaining on their slate, the Beavers just couldn’t get the job done.
Now, it’s on to their next test on the road at Arizona.
Another week means another massive spread for the Beavers, as according the Bovada-Las Vegas, Oregon State currently sits as 23-point underdogs heading into the contest against the Wildcats. Despite the fact that Arizona is also coming off a loss on the road at USC, Arizona had won their four games previous to that, which included a double-overtime win over California and an upset of a ranked Washington State squad.
Currently sitting at 6-3 overall on the season with a 4-2 mark in the conference, Arizona has turned heads in a make-or-break “hot seat” season for head coach Rich Rodriguez and are now tied with arch-rival Arizona State for second place in the Pac-12 South Division. However, the Wildcats still have road trips to Oregon and the aforementioned Sun Devils on their slate, after their clash with the Beavers.
As for Oregon State, the 1-8 Beavers have yet to find a victory against a Pac-12 foe this season, which could become a key factor in if the school chooses to hold onto Hall as a head coach for next season or pursue a national search of candidates. With time running out on the season for Oregon State with only three weeks remaining, a Civil War contest against Oregon may be the team’s best chance to secure that one much-needed, season-changing win.
This week’s game for Oregon State is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th at 7 PM PT and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.