Beaver Season Sinking
Ducks Taking a Break
By Fred Delkin
The football atmosphere at Oregon State hasn't been this cloudy since the long gone days
of the Pettybone and Fertig eras of constant defeats. Mike Riley is now at 0-3 for the worst start
of any season he has coached in Corvallis...and its not like he's had a trio of fearsome foes,
falling before lowly Sacramento State and a winless UCLA, and a trip toWisconsin being the
only date the Bevos were underdogs. Riley opened the season by alternating QB's, despite the
fact he had a returning veteran starter, Ryan Katz, at that position. After his first two losses,
Riley settled on redshirt freshman Sean Mannion as the man and watched him make fatal errors
vs. the visiting Bruins. Now, it's a trip to Arizona State and a certain loss to a surging Sun Devil
Riley is one of the mildest, nicest guys who ever held a Division I top mentoring position and we
believe this is now a major problem in motivating his students. There could be a reason that last
season's rushing star Jaquizz Rogers left early for the NFL. His brother James has come back
from serious knee surgeries, but OSU still struggles.
Meanwhile, just down the road, Oregon's Ducks are playing like a true powerhouse and get this
week off before hosting California Oct. 6. The Wefoot's lone loss was to LSU, now ranked as
OREFGON STATE @ ARIZONA STATE ol' Dennis Erickson has crafted a title contender
in Tempe. His 6'8" quarterback Brook Osweiler was a true find from the wilds of Montana and
linebacker Vontaze Burfict could be the best in all the land at his position ASU by 21.
STANFORD @ UCLA Ricky Neuheisel claims rejuvenation for his squad after leaving
Corvallis as a winner last week. Bruin fans will again be chanting "goodbye" to their coach
after the visiting Cardinal march up and down the Rose Bowl turf behind Andrew Luck, our
choice to date for this season's Heisman trophy winner. STANFORD by 28.
WASHINGTON @ UTAH the Huskies looked strong while outlasting Cal in a bitter fight
at Husky Stadium. Jake Locker's replacement at QB, Keith Price, has all the tools to lead a team
whose only failings are on defense. Utah is a very worthy foe. WASHINGTON by 1.
WASHINGTON STATE @ COLORADO neither team in this matchup will have a winning
season. Home field should provide an edge for the Buffs. COLORADO by 3.
SOUTHERN CAL @ ARIZONA that volatile sideline dancer and loudmouth Mike Stoops,
will entertain us all as his host Wildcats continue their losing ways. The Trojans are not what
most SC teams have been in the past, but have enough to dominate this one. SC by 7.
PORTLAND STATE @ IDAHO STATE Coach Nigel Burton has begun to turn the Viking
program around by concentrating on recruiting native Oregon prospects. He'll be smiling after
this game, a probable easy victory over a Big Sky also-ran. PORTLAND STATE by 21.
ROSES & RASPBERRIES: there are no blossoms in store for the woeful Portland Timbers,
whose 'Army' of fans ache for a national playoff berth...we'll shower petals on the management
of soccer-revamped Jeld-Wen field for their welcome to the 6A high school football playoffs...we
have no respect for anyone who still believes baseball is America's #1 athletic pursuit, but we
admit to no real interest in the NFL category of #1 football...college and high school grid play
are our choice.