What to look for: OSU vs. Hawaii

ON PAPER AND according to Las Vegas, the Beavs should win going away against Hawaii -- Oregon State is an 11 point favorite in Saturday's tilt (7:30 p.m., CBSSN). But Hawaii was a heavy underdog to another Pac-12 school on opening weekend and the Huskies ended up winning 17-16. So what's in store for the Beavs?

Hawaii hasn't looked like Hawaii in recent years. It used to be you played Hawaii and although you might win, you got beat up in the process. Big time.

Well, guess who's back.

Hawaii played very physical football against Washington, pounding out the yards on the ground and moving the chains.

The good news for OSU fans is that in the second half, the Beavers cranked up the physicality against Portland State, shutting them out the final 30 minutes while scoring 16 points of their own as they slogged it out on the ground themselves.

Hawaii QB Ikaika Woolsey is most dangerous when he's improvising, and when he turns a pass play into a QB run.

So we're going to get a good idea of how good the the Beaver front seven is this week in terms of containment.

Hawaii RB Joey Iosefa was stellar against the Huskies, rushing 30 times for 143 yards.

As long as he's healthy, you can expect that and more from him and Hawaii.

Iosefa set a school record with 37 carries against San Diego State late last season.

Hawaii is not built to come from behind.

They're going to ground and pound it all game long if you let them.

If Sean Mannion can find Victor Bolden, Connor Hamlett and/or Richard Mullaney for some first-half TDs, it's going to make it an easier game for the Beavs.

S Ryan Murphy and OL Grant Bays sat out yesterday's practice, though it seems both should be ready for Hawaii. Mike Riley only mentioned Murphy in the injury section of his presser and said he would be ready to play.

OSU will fly to Honolulu Wednesday, practice at Aloha Stadium Thursday and then stage a walk-through at the team hotel Friday.

After the Hawaii game, the Beavers have a early bye. It will feel much better for BeavFans to go into that 2-0 rather than 1-1.


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