OSU 2014 Football Schedule released

SEVEN HOME GAMES highlight the Oregon State 2014 football season schedule as announced Wednesday by the Pac-12 Conference. The Beavs have two bye weeks in the first half of the season, play 11 of their 12 games on Saturdays and miss UCLA and Arizona this upcoming season.

The Beavers, coming off a 7-6 campaign and the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl title, open the year with three non-conference games, followed by playing three of the first four Pac-12 games on the road, and then finishing with four of five at home.

The Beavers could have scheduled a 13th regular season game per NCAA regulations since they travel to Hawai'i, but head coach Mike Riley elected to follow the game in Honolulu with a bye. The additional bye week early in the season created peculiarities within the league portion of the schedule, OSU said in a release.

The season opener is Sat., Aug. 30 against Portland State in Corvallis.

Game two of the season features the Beavers returning to O'ahu for the second time in three games, concluding a home-and-home series with Hawai'i. The Rainbow Warriors' will have opened the season at home the week before against Washington.

The Beavs then have a bye, followed by their final non-conference game hosting San Diego State on Sept. 20, (that also is the final date of a home-and-home series.)

The Pac-12 slate opens Sept. 25 at USC, a place the Beavers are attempting to win for the first time since 1960. This is the first occasion OSU has opened league play against the Trojans since 2002. USC will be coming off a bye week after opening the season on back-to-back road games at Stanford and Boston College.

The Beavers first visit to Colorado since 1988 takes place on Oct. 4. The game will be Colorado's sixth straight with a bye scheduled after their game with OSU.

The Beavs next play on Thursday, Oct. 16 against Utah in Reser Stadium (Pac-12 teams are required by contract to play both a Thursday and Friday night home game in a three-year span – a Thursday home game typically creates a bye the Saturday prior). Oregon State doesn't play again until Oct. 25, in a road game at Stanford. The Cardinal will play just one home game after this contest

Homecoming at Oregon State is Nov. 1 against Cal, a game that begins a season-ending stretch of four home dates in five contests.

Washington State visits Nov. 8 as the Beavers attempt to win their fourth game in a row in the series after a 52-24 win in Pullman last year. The Cougars will be coming off back-to-back home games.

OSU's third consecutive home Pac-12 game, which is the longest streak of league home games since 1998 for the Beavs, is Nov. 15 against Arizona State. OSU has won four straight at home over the Sun Devils with the last three being decided by an average of five points. The game will be the latest date the Sun Devils have played in Corvallis since Nov. 18, 1978.

The final road game of the season is Nov. 22 at Washington. The game will be the first visit for OSU to Husky Stadium since 2010, where it has won four of the last five outings. The date is the latest the two Pacific Northwest rivals have ever played in the 98-game history. UW will enter the game not having a bye since Oct. 4.

The regular season ends with the 118th Civil War on Nov. 29. The Ducks enter the game following a home date with Colorado preceded by a bye.

Other key schedule notes

  • Oregon State and California are the only teams to have a streak of three consecutive home league games.
  • The Beavers, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Washington are the only teams to play on the last six dates of the season.
  • Oregon State is the only team that ends the season with four home games in the last five dates.
  • Oregon State is the only team that begins the Pac-12 portion of the season with two road games and is the only team to play three of its first four league games away.

Oregon State begins spring football March 31 and concludes with the Spring Game May 3 at Reser Stadium at 1 p.m. Kickoff times and television broadcast information will be available in June for the first four-to-five games of the season. Every game will be televised via combination of the ESPN channels, ABC, FOX, FOX Sports 1 and the Pac-12 Networks.

Deposits are being accepted for 2014 season tickets for a season that senior quarterback Sean Mannion could set the Pac-12 career passing record.

2014 Schedule

Aug. 30 Portland State

Sept. 6 at Hawai'i

Sept. 20 San Diego State

Sept. 27 at USC

Oct. 4 at Colorado

Oct. 16 Utah (Thursday)

Oct. 25 at Stanford

Nov. 1 California (Homecoming)

Nov. 8 Washington State

Nov. 15 Arizona State

Nov. 22 at Washington

Nov. 29 Oregon

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