As lauded as Chip Kelly is for his genius offense, Banker is widely considered to be the best defensive mind in the Pac 10 and after heavy losses to graduation in 08, Banker has put together yet another excellent Beaver defense.
It would seem from this chair that Oregon State is built to handle Oregon maybe better than any other team in the conference. Stanford's power running attack created long stretches of clock-eating drives that kept Oregon's offense off the field, but the Cardinal lacked the firepower on defense to stop Oregon -- they simply shrugged and went into shootout mode, and with QB Andrew Luck playing out of his mind they won.
Oregon State presents those same facets -- a powerful running game spearheaded by the conference's best offensive weapon in Jacquizz Rodgers, an accurate quarterback in Sean Canfield who can slice up a defense like a Thanksgiving turkey if too much attention is paid to the running game. For proof, look no farther witness Canfield's eye-popping 70 percent completion rate.
But Oregon State has the wild card in the matchup: The league's best run defense.
It isn't as fast, isn't as aggressive -- but on the whole, it's a lot more sound.
|Win On First Down|
Quizz simply needs to do what he does, which is run hard with outstanding ball security.
|Hit Them Between the Eyes|
The way to disrupt the zone read is to get pressure up the middle.
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2 - Stay Hungry. Unfortunately the one thing that Beaver fans hoped wouldn't happen, did: Brennan Olander tweaked his knee against WSU. Hindsight is 20-20, but a faster start from a team that played hungry might have had Mr. Olander relaxing on the bench instead of the trainer's table. Grade: C
3 - Eyes on the Prize. 13 penalties for 107 yards, including one ugly stretch in the 2nd quarter that included four straight penalties that gave WSU 44 yards out of their 80 yard drive. The game even got a little chippy -- exactly the opposite of the ideal circumstances. Grade: D