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ASU Football Opponent Primer: Oregon State Beavers

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Corvallis of nightmares

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 10 Oregon State at Stanford Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Arizona State 2019 Schedule

Kent State (Aug. 29) - Read

Sacramento State (Sept. 6) - Read

At Michigan State (Sept. 14) - Read

Colorado (Sept. 21) - Read

At Cal (Sept. 27) - Read

Washington State (Oct. 12) - Read

At Utah (Oct. 19) - Read

At UCLA (Oct. 26) - Read

USC (Nov. 9) - Read

At Oregon State (Nov. 16)

Oregon (Nov. 23)

Arizona (Nov. 30)

Oregon State’s 2018 Season

The Beavers were locked in the cellar of the PAC-12 last year only amounting two wins the entire season. One of which was Southern Utah out of the Big Sky conference and the other included a 41-34 overtime win against Colorado on the road. The former USC offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith began his first year at head coach and was torched defensively. The Beavers ranked second worst in the FBS in total defense in 2018 allowing 536.8 yards per game.

Key Returners

One of the lone bright spots for the Beavers in 2018 was running back Jermar Jefferson. As a freshman Jefferson rushed for 1,380 yards. 254 of those yards came against Arizona State last season. Jefferson rushed for 12 touchdowns last year and it is clear he will be the anchor point for the Beavers’ offense in 2019 no matter who wins the starting quarterback job.

Biggest Loses

One of the only critical losses for the Beavers this season will be receiver Timmy Hernandez. The senior caught for 661 yards this past season which included three touchdowns. Despite Hernandez’s departure Oregon State will be returning a majority of players offensively and defensively.

Reasons why ASU Could Win

The Oregon State defense is extremely suspect at best. The Beavers gave up 40 or more points in seven of their games last year. If Eno Benjamin and the run game can perform on the road the Devils should be smooth sailing to a win.

Reasons why ASU Could Lose

Two words. Trap. Game. The Devils are scheduled to battle Oregon State November 16 in Corvallis. It’s going to be a cold road game. Historically, the Devils do not perform well away from Tempe especially in the cold, which is why this has all the makings for a possible trap game during the home stretch of the season. It happened back in 2014 when ASU was ranked No. 6 in the country could it happen again?