- With only five more days until the Oregon State Beavers face the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus to open the 2018 football season, the last sets of college football power rankings are coming in. Spoiler alert: people don’t have high hopes for the Beavs. ESPN’s Ryan McGee included OSU in his latest Bottom 10 post. The whole article is admittedly pretty funny.
SB Nation’s own Bill Connelly also ranked all 130 teams in FBS and OSU comes in at number 107. While that’s not great, Oregon State isn’t the lowest ranked P5 program on the list. That honor belongs to the Kansas Jayhawks at 111th.
- On the football recruiting side of things, four-star linebacker and 2019 Oregon State commit Omar Speights is coming a bit closer to his future home this football season. Speights is transferring to a prep school in Oregon for his senior year after playing at two different high schools in the Philadelphia, PA area. The school Speights will play for has not been announced. Speights’ mother made the decision to move her son citing growing fears of violence in the city. The news comes less than two weeks after the murder of Speights’ high school teammate and Penn State track commit Kristian Marche in a home invasion gone wrong. Speights’ brother is OSU defensive end Jeromy Reichner.
- Back to that battle of the OSU’s. Previews for that game are getting posted, so here are a few to check out:
- Looking past the season opener this weekend, the home opener against Southern Utah is next Saturday. In an effort to get attendance up for Jonathan Smith’s first game as head coach in Reser Stadium, Oregon State has a pair of great activations set up.
First of all, for those in the Portland area, there’s going to be a shuttle to and from Reser Stadium leaving from the Tualatin Trimet Park and Ride at Bridgeport Village (SW Travellers Ln, Tigard) for every single home game this year. It will cost $40 per person ($30 if you’re a season ticket holder), which is a pretty good deal considering a ride share would cost around another $100. You can purchase tickets for that shuttle and see more details here.
The Best College Town just got another upgrade!— Go Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) August 24, 2018
We will be offering a shuttle service on gamedays to transport #BeaverNation from the greater Portland area to Reser, and back.
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Second, OSU is offering all active duty and veteran members of the United States Armed Forces two free tickets to the Southern Utah game as part of their Military Appreciation Day promotion. Service members can also purchase additional tickets for that game at 50% off. Those can be purchased here.
We are proud to offer all active and veteran members of the United States Armed Forces two complimentary tickets to the @BeaverFootball home opener vs. Southern Utah. Additional tickets can be purchased at 50% off the regular price.— Beaver Tickets (@BeaverTickets) August 25, 2018
- Finally, we’ve got a bit of men’s basketball news. Looks like the Beavs will face Saint Louis on the road on Sunday, December 9th. Here’s a screen cap we grabbed from St. Louis’ website.
OSU won last season’s matchup with St. Louis in Corvallis 63-60.
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