The Oregon State o-line averages 304.6 pounds.
The Portland State d-line averages 272.5. The d-tackles are 340- and 290-pounds, and the ends are 240- and 220-pounds.
Granted, leverage and proper pad level are just as, if not more, important.
But if Oregon State can't open some running lanes for Storm Woods and Terron Ward against Portland State, especially in the B and C gaps, it's going to be disappointing.
The Beavs' starting five: LT Gavin Andrews, LG Garrett Weinreich, C Josh Mitchell, RG Grant Bays and LT Sean Harlow.
Woods and Ward must also do their part, of course, and personally I'm hoping Riley gives Damien Haskins a long look. From my chair, he has a world of potential this season, but it naturally depends on how many carries he gets, too. And Riley has indicated Ward and Woods will be the primary guys.
OSU LINEBACKERS, on paper, figure to have a good day.
The starting OSU 'backer trio have 426 combined tackles among Michael Doctor (185), D.J. Alexander (139) and Jabral Johnson (102).
This will be the first season opener OSU has started three senior linebackers since the 2007 campaign (vs. Utah) – Joey LaRocque, Derrick Doggett and Alan Darlin.
They, and the Beaver front, will be tasked with stopping PSU quarterbacks from making plays with their feet. Kieran McDonagh, who ran for 369 yards last season in the FCS, is the man but PSU has said they plan to get Paris Penn some reps.
And Penn can run a little bit too.
In six games in spot duty he rushed for 188 yards and a touchdown. It won't be surprising to see Penn come to run a set running play to test the Beavs. And if they gain success on it, they may just keep going back to that well over and over.
The Beavers allowed a robust 190.3 rushing yards per game last year.