Beavs look sharp, but will Enger, Agnew play?

OREGON STATE IS now an 18-point underdog for Saturday tilt against No. 25 Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium. (TV: FSN Arizona and Fox College Sports, 7:30 p.m.) But there are two pieces of information that should give Beaver fans hope.

One, Oregon State had an excellent practice yesterday according to both Mike Riley and media observers. Two, the letdown factor could well come into play.

A college football team coming off an emotional win is often subject to coming out flat the next week, particularly if the opponent is struggling.

Players and coaches can, and do, talk all week long about how they will be up and won't be taking anyone likely – but they still often come out flat. It's just a fact of life in college football.

Will that be the case Saturday and if so, will OSU take advantage early on should opportunities presents themselves? By the end of the first half, we'll know.

Sean Mannion, Markus Wheaton, Brandin Cooks and Ryan Katz all had sharp turns in Thursday's practice.

THERE'S SOME bad news for the Beavs, though. They could be starting their third string left guard.

Grant Enger, who replaced Josh Andrews (knee), may be out. Enger's shoulder is dinged up.

"He was struggling with it (Wednesday)," OSU coach Mike Riley told the Oregonian. "It was bothering him a little bit but we didn't think it was anything (serious). He got it checked out and there were no indications that anything was significant."

Still, Enger did not practice on Thursday.

Senior Michael Lamb (6-3, 290) may well be lining up in his place when the Beavs take their first snap on Saturday.

Note: Enger did make the trip to ASU, however.

MEANWHILE, IT SURE DOESN'T look as if Malcolm Agnew is fully back from the hamstring issues that have held him out of action since Week 1. Agnew practiced this week but he left the playing field during Thursday's scrum.

"I'm just a little sore," he told Riley about his hamstring.

Note: Following this report, Agnew was ruled out for ASU and did not make the trip.

Oregon State has lost 7 out of their last 8 games stretching back to 2010. But file this quote away…

"We match up pretty well with them," Danny Langsdorf this week on Arizona State.


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