There are holes to fill on defense, but the returnees include end Richard Seigler is the linchpin in the middle with 36 consecutive starts.
The non-conference schedule isn't particularly challenging, though USC.
Riley the Rebuilder: Riley ended his first stint at Oregon State in 1998 following a 5–6 season, the best in Corvallis in 27 years.
Ground assault: The Beavers paced the Pac-10 in rushing last fall at 148.7 yards a game.
Stubborn: Oregon State's defense was the league's best on third down, with an opponents conversion rate of just 25.6 percent.
2002 results: 8–5 (4–4 Pac-10)
Bowl Game: Lost to Pittsburgh 38-13 in Insight Bowl
Returning starters: 9 offense, 6 defense, both kickers
A. 30 Sacramento State
S. 6 at Fresno State
S. 13 New Mexico State
S. 20 Boise State
S. 27 Arizona State
O. 4 at California
O. 18 Washington
O. 25 at Washington State
N. 1 Arizona
N. 15 Stanford
N. 22 at Oregon
D. 6 at USC
Schedule Analysis: Fresno State could be a bit of a trap for the Beavers, who may be overconfident after last year's 40-point win. Boise State is another tougher-than-it-looks non-conference game. Oregon State has open dates before its two toughest games, Washington and USC. A split of those two games and the Beavers could be looking at a Pac-10 title.
Final Word: Mike Riley is immediately going to be under some pressure to live up to the standard created by Dennis Erickson. A bowl-less season will not play well after Erickson went to three in four years. But keeping the momentum should not be a problem with the offensive talent Riley will have at his disposal. Anderson needs to be more efficient at quarterback and the defense needs to slow some of the high-powered attacks it will face for the Beavers to be in the hunt at the end of the year.
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