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OSU Beaver vs CSU Rams 2017

OSU Beaver vs CSU Rams 2017

Oregon State Beavers 2017 College Basketball (Bball)

Oregon State suffered through some growing pains last year, after claiming victory only times. However, there were plenty of positives to take into their 2017 season. A year ago, the Beavers’ offense put up 26  points per game. That output ranked them 86th in the Country. The Oregon State defense wasn’t much better. The unit allowed 30.5 points a game, placing them 82nd overall.

Gary Anderson’s team will be featuring a new face under center. A change was needed after the Beavers received very little production from that position last year. For the opening game, junior Jake Luton will be getting the starting nod. The 6-foot-7 quarterback has very little experience. With Idaho in 2015, he threw just one touchdown with four picks in limited action.

The Oregon State running game blossomed under Ryan Nall. Nall put together an impressive sophomore season, rushing for 951 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 6’2″ running back is poised to break the 1000 yard mark in 2017. The converted tight end also added 22 receptions for 214 yards and 2 scores out of the backfield.

The receiving corps will have to go without 2016’s leading receiver Victor Bolden. Fortunately, they do get back their second and third best options from a year ago. Jordan Villamin and Seth Collins will be the new one-two punch for the Beavers. Combined, the two pass catchers reeled in 57 balls for nearly 700 yards and two touchdowns.

The Oregon State defense showed some signs of life last year, especially in their secondary. The back half ranked 44th in the nation, playing a lot of games against the pass-happy PAC-12. Conversely, they constantly struggled to stop opposing team’s rushing attacks. As a result, they finished 102nd in the country, allowing a whopping 218 yards a game.

Oregon State does return several of their defensive starters, and their defense as a whole should be improved. Inside linebacker Manase Hungalu is one of those players. In 2016, the run stopper finished with 83 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 5 passes defended, and 3 fumble recoveries.

Colorado State Rams 2017 College Basketball (Bball)

The Rams return several players that contributed to their powerhouse offense in 2016. Most importantly, quarterback Nick Stevens. Stevens was good under center last season, accumulating over 1900 passing yards with 19 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Remember, he only played in eight full games of action in 2016. Overall, Colorado State was pretty productive. The Colorado Springs’ unit averaged 35.3 points per game, good for 28th in the nation.

To help ease the pressure on their starting signal-caller, Colorado State Colorado returns two their running backs. Both Daylon Dawkins and Izzy Mathews made strong contributions on the ground. Dawkins tallied 919 rushing yards and four scores while Izzy Matthews notched another 734 yards. Mathews was a beast in the red zone, collecting 13 touchdowns for coach Mike Bobo’s offense.

To provide pop to the Rams’ passing game, senior receivers Michael Gallup and Bisi Johnson are back. Michael Gallup was easily Colorado State’s best target and contended for the top wideout in the Mountain West Conference. He reeled in 76 catches for almost 1,300 yards and an impressive 14 scores. On the other side, is the elusive receiver, Bisi Johnson. Johnson held his own, catching another 28 passes for an inflated 613 yards and four more touchdowns.

Defensively, the Rams also struggled at times to put a halt to competing teams’ drives. They should be able to exceed last season’s defensive numbers be as they gain more experience.

The Rams did lose their leading tackler from 2016, Kevin Davis. Although they do feature senior Deonte Clyburn who is ready to step up after missing last year with an injury. Last season, Colorado State allowed an average of 30.4 points per game, positioning them 81st overall. Obviously, there is plenty of room for the young defense to improve on that statistic.