Oregon State opened as a three-point favorite at home over UCLA despite losing to an FCS team at home in Week 1 and getting blanked at Wisconsin. The return of James Rodgers and Joe Halahuni has boosted the line.
OSU is now a 5-point favorite according to some Las Vegas betting lines as of Thursday morning.
Rodgers will start at flanker though WR Brandin Cooks is also expected to see action along with him.
Quon is not going to return kicks or punts against UCLA according to Mike Riley.
BUT OSU RUNNING BACK Malcolm Agnew (hamstring) is almost certainly out for Saturday. And both offensive guard Josh Andrews (knee) and d-tackle Castro Masaniai (suspension) will not play against UCLA.
Jordan Jenkins and Terron Ward are expected to get the bulk of the carries at running back, while Grant Enger steps in for Masaniai. Andrew Seumalo and Kevin Frahm are the starting defensive tackles.
FANS HAVE BEEN waiting on another defensive tackle, Dominic Glover (academics), to receive clearance since the beginning of fall camp back in early August.
Riley sounded more pessimistic than ever before last night, with the G-T saying he has "given up" on Glover becoming eligible.
"There's no word on Glover. I don't think we'll ever get one. I think this is a cruel joke on everybody... You have to feel like I do - this thing isn't going to happen. This thing is not going to happen. I'm not laying in bed at night waiting to hear," Riley was quoted as saying.
Glover did, however, practice with the team on Wednesday.
UCLA RUNNING BACKS Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman have been impressive this season despite the Bruins' unimpressive 1-2 start. Oregon State, first and foremost on defense, will need to stuff the Bruin running attack from the jump if they want to gain an early edge.
On offense, UCLA has been playing loose in coverage, leading some to believe OSU, particularly since they're almost certainly going to be missing their starting running back, will attack the Bruins with short passes and try to turn them into long catch-and-runs.
THERE ARE QUARTERBACKS who look bad in practice but then light it up in games. Beaver fans who took in Wednesday's session are hoping Sean Mannion is one of them. Mannion threw five interceptions during Wednesday's practice.
Linebacker Cameron Collins had a huge practice, with three picks off Mannion.
ONLY 500 TICKETS remained Wednesday afternoon for Saturday's game -- tickets are available by calling 1-800-Go-BEAVS, by visiting the OSU Ticket Office during normal business hours or online at osubeavers.com.
Depending on your carrier, the 12:30 p.m. game is being televised on Prime Ticket or Fox College Sports. It will also be available for a subscription fee on Beaver Nation Online.
OSU-UCLA game will be broadcast on Fox College Sports (Comcast 415) in the Portland area. It will also be carried on Prime Ticket and Beaver Nation Online.
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