Best Case/Worst Case: 2019 Oregon State Beaver Football Preview

FeaturedBest Case/Worst Case: 2019 Oregon State Beaver Football Preview

By Con/35th & Jackson

Our annual nod to the Ted Miller. Previously ESPN.

Here we will run our best case/worst case scenario for the 2019 Oregon State Football season. All very real possibilities but extreme in both cases.

PSA: Every year we think we go to the extreme… but once again, we were not EXTREME enough last year with point performances, we will try and take this to another level AGAIN… for last year’s, see here: Best/Worst Case 2018

Here’s to 2019.

Oklahoma State:

Worst: Black and orange vs black and orange. A classic tale and the first meeting between the two teams turns out to be a nightmare for the home team and fans already start to dread the return trip to Stillwater.

First play of the game, Champ Flemmings on the return gets lit up by Rodarius Williams at the 17 yard line. Williams stands over Flemmings, but from the fans eyes he stands over the turf as Flemmings vaporizes into the turf. With Trevon Bradford out and now Champ vaporized, Kolby Taylor steps in.

Luton drops back, throws a 10 yard slant to Taylor and he is off to the races. Luton being the leader and captain he is (with his new added speed from off season training) races down for a lead block via Sunshine in Remember the Titans. However, Sunshine didnt have a broken neck or ankle. Luton lowers his head and his head gets taken off by you guessed it, Rodarius Williams. Luton’s body falls to the turf and his head remains rolling at the opponents 13 yard line where Kolby Taylor trips and breaks the same leg he broke his senior year in high school. OK State picks up the fumble and houses it the other way. 7-0 Pokes, Beavs down 3 players after two plays…

Instead of Tristan Gebbia coming in for the relief of the headless Luton, Niner decides to ground and pound with QB/LB (yes I typed that combo right) Jack Colletto. The triple option ensues. Oregon State scores four straight TD’s on 45 consecutive running plays but OK State matches them with four straight TD’s on four total passing plays. Tibesar’s defense is a disaster, Colletto gets gassed playing both ways, and David Morris breaks his neck on special teams and retires from football mid third quarter. Adley Rutchman the special guest, takes a knee centerfield for his fallen fellow Sherwood Bowman.

Ok State has 20 total plays, 11 touchdowns… We lose 84-28.

Best: Black and orange vs black and orange. A classic tale and the first meeting between the two teams turns out to be a nightmare for the AWAY team and fans already start to salivating about the return trip to Stillwater. Phil books a one way flight to Stillwater for 2020 midway through the 3rd quarter. Braught says he is “in” but preemptively says he can’t get PTO that close (one year) to date…

Now to the field, orange smoke starts to rise from Reser at 7:27, OK State enters… the orange smoke is extinguished by a cloud of black smoke from the Beaver locker room… Elu Aydon emerges carrying Champ Flemmings in a backpack ala Yoda on Luke Skywalkers back… Champ throws an orange lightsaber over his head that is caught by Jemar Jefferson and ignited to show an orange glow in a cloud of black…Jefferson emerges with a Darth Vader mask on… Hamiclar Rashed, no helmet, comes out with his signature skull bandanna over his face holding a frozen carbonite encapsulation of Gary Andersen… Jefferson slashes the carbonite in two with his lightsaber and the rest of the team runs out crushing the pieces of Andersen in carbonite… 46,000 strong pack Reser and erupt as 300 Violin Orchestra (2010 intro video music) blares over the loud speakers. Jonathan Smith is shown in the intro video swinging his sword on the Cal Poly mascot… Everyone is confused and yelling “we are playing Ok State…” Loud speaker comes on and it is announced pre game that Cal Poly has cancelled their meeting with OSU during week three and Utah State has replaced them on the schedule at Reser. Scott Barnes cowers.

Now onto the action… Luton comes out firing and the offense makes Hawaii’s run and shoot look elementary with Jefferson gashing the OK State defense for chunk after chunk. Jefferson finishes with 214 yard and 3 TD’s. Luton throws 4 TD’s and the defense shines in a Big 12 route… Mike Gundy disgusted post game, shaves his mullet on the walkway to Gill locker room. Con picks up his hair as a trophy.

We win 70-31.

@ Hawaii

Worst: With OSU reeling after a blowout loss to the other OSU, Nick Rolovich plays hardball. Matthew Tago transfers to Hawaii on Thursday of game week, cites “homesick.” Niner questions on Twitter as Tago is not from Hawaii… Tweets at Nick Daschel on accident… Nick Daschel runs routine background check on Coach Smith…

With half OSU fans in attendance, Beavs get off to a quick start up 14-0 on two Arty long TD runs. With the ball and the lead, Colletto audibles and decides to abandon the triple option run game and signals for “PA Read.” Fakes to Jefferson and gets strip sacked by Matthew Tago who gained immediate eligibility with an “extreme weather” exemption, houses the fumble and does the hakka dance with Isiah Tufaga in the endzone who is also magically eligible with a newly created “homesick” waiver…

Hawaii loads the box and Colletto is forced to throw and throws five picks. Cole McDonald throws 7 TD’s and 600 yards and Tim Tibesar cries postgame shaking the hand of Mark Banker on the opposing Hawaii sideline. Banker offers to take over for his newly met friend and Tibesar accepts on the spot. Doesn’t tell Niner. Scott Barnes endorses Banker… more to come…

We lose 56-20.

Best: With part of Mike Gundy’s mullet embedded into his Hawaiian lei, Jonathan Smith trots out pre game to meet Nick Rolovich. Rolo, shirtless, brings Isiah Tufaga with him to greet Coach Smith. Addison Gumbs clocks Rolo before he meets Smith and Rolo is out cold… Mark Banker takes on head coaching duties… Brain Lindgren can’t contain himself and comes out of the box to coach on field… Pulls a Lane Kiffin and raises his hands right as Luton releases an eighty yard bomb to fresh off injury, Trevon Bradford. Bradford stiff arms Hawaii LB and front flips in the endzone. 7-0.

With Banker taking over, Tim Tibesar knows it’s his time. He gathers the OSU defense and tells them to “blitz all night.” Matthew Tago and Avery Roberts combine for 13 TFLs and 5 sacks. Hawaii has 148 yard of total offense which leads to a “sloppy coaching” comment postgame from Tim Tibesar when asked how the defense dominated Hawaii.

Banker’s defense gets exposed and Luton throws a 53 yard hail mary before halftime and OSU cruises to a 52-13 win.

Nick Rolovich gets put on probation by the NCAA for illegal player transfer portal contact and Mark Banker takes over head coaching for the rest of the season and goes 2-10. Gets promoted to head coach as Rolo is sentenced to 7 years in prison by the FBI for illegal payoffs to transfer players and NCAA backroom officials.

Cal Poly

Worst: Cal Poly’s triple option is almost too much to handle for OSU. Beavs get down 21-0, Collettos heroics tie the game up with 2 minutes left. Cal Poly drives to OSU 4 yard line, throws back shoulder fade and Jaydon Grant picks it and returns to the house as time expires avenging Jordan Poyer’s Sac State fade route…

We win 28-21.

Best: (Schedule change to Utah State)

Gary Andersen walks down the Reser ramp 4 hours before pre game… Phil shouting “big boy pants” gets escorted out by red coats for “threatening comments”

Andy takes over dressed as a blonde cheerleader and Braught as a frat house dad… wait… Gary smirks at Andy as he passes by… Darrel Garretson, the newly named offensive coordinator at Utah State, threatens to “shut up” all the OSU fans pre game… Proceeds to run QB power exclusively for the first half and finds himself in a 21-3 halftime hole… Jemar Jefferson rushes for 149 yards and a score and gets his name in the first Heisman watchlist. Isiah Hodgins snags 3 TD’s from Luton and bows to Gary on the sideline. Issac Hodgins channels his inner Gary Berteer and sacks Darrel Garretson’s half brother, Seth Collins Jr. the QB for Utah State and points at Gary. Andersen mysteriously disappears during a long 4th quarter, and quits HC position next day citing “I am the wrong f-ing guy.” Garretson takes over HC duties and Seth Collins Jr. comes down with bird flu and “almost dies” in hospital but plays the next week… Utah State goes 3-9 on the year beating Hawaii, Colorado State and BYU.

With the offense in sync, and Tim T’s defense improved, OSU rolls to a 55-13 win and season ticket sales double overnight as OSU announces start date of end of 2019 season for Raising Reser Part III West Side completion. Scott Barnes becomes AD at Nebraska, Pat Casey becomes interim AD at OSU. Raises $19 million on first day…

Stanford

Worst: With newly appointed (by Scott Barnes) interim defensive coordinator Mark Banker at the helm, OSU switches to a 0-10-1 defense. Smith enraged by Barnes’ actions, calls Tim Euhus for advice. Tim tells him to invest in Edward Jones retirement fund… Banker places Elu Aydon and Jordan Whitely at outside LB spots to try and counter Stanfords power run looks. Chaos ensues when Elu recovers fumble only for play to be reversed by newly appointed Pac-12 replay official, Glasses ref. With play clearly botched, Elu quits football for reality TV show. Whitely gets concussed and never plays football again. Colletto scores 2 TD’s but 3 picks. Stanford powers through OSU defense and Addison Gumbs is lost for the year with another torn ACL. Avery Roberts gets suspended for “attitude problems” by Mark Banker and the mutiny begins… Having already lost Matthew Tago to transfer, Jalen Moore joins him and John McCartan follows to Oregon. Mario Cristobal signs Isiah Tufagas brother during early signing period and Jim Leavitt returns to UO mid season after Andy Alvaros leaves for CFL job.

We lose 35-18.

Best: With a surprising move, Jonathan Smith starts with Jack Colletto in the game on first offensive play. With Elu Aydon at fullback, defense expects a run heavy… Colletto steps up and fakes the run, throws to Teagan Quitoriano for a 67 yard TD rumble carrying 3 Stanford defenders to the end zone. Noah Togai scores twice but is lost for the season breaking his arm on a PAT attempt protection. Applies for medical hardship but realizes he had already. Transfers to Utah State to finish degree. Luke Musgrave steps in and catches a TD late and Beavs squeak it out on a Jeffrey Nelson extra point make after Musgrave’s TD.

We win 28-27.

@ UCLA

Worst: Chip Kelly has restored UCLA to prominence and Dennis Dixon Jr. starts at QB after injuries force the true frosh walk on (one week on team) into action. The gamble pays off for Chip as Dixon Jr. passes for 300 yards and runs for another 100 yards and embarrasses Mark Banker’s “defense” AGAIN… UCLA embarrasses OSU and Chip smiles for the first time in 10 years as time runs out… Nick Daschel tweets suspicious “eye glass emoji” face… Danny Moran favorites tweet… Arty is lost for the season on injury and leaves school to prepare for the NFL draft.

We lose 41-17.

Best: OSU cracks the top 25 polls and is featured on College Gameday with their Star Wars pre game routine that is becoming a fan favorite across the nation. The turn over chainsaw is now being used every 10 minutes and the OSU defense leads the nations with 19 turnovers forced in 5 games. 3 against UCLA and it proves dire for the Bruins as OSU escapes the Rose Bowl with a slim victory with Luton throwing 3 picks but Jefferson carrying the offensive load with 202 all purpose yards.

We win ugly 16-12.

Utah

Worst: Kyle Whittingham has the Utes rolling through Corvallis on a Friday night but Avery Roberts says not so fast my friend pre game.

The Utah offense is abysmal for the 10th year in a row and Dennis Erickson stands on the sideline for OSU murmuring the play calls.

OSU offense rises to hold Utah to a 14-14 tie with 3 minutes to go. Zach Moss breaks the OSU defense with a 49 yard run and a fake FG pass TD by an amazing random Australian punter that is Utah’s signature and proves to be the difference. Tristan Gebbia enters his name in the transfer portal. All JC d-lineman decommit on their official visit week.

We lose 21-14.

Best: Fresh off a great defensive performance, and a #20 ranking, Beaver offense says it’s their turn to carry the team… Champ Flemmings has 190 yard receiving and an 90 yard kick off return TD. Adds a short rushing TD on fly sweep to go along with 2 TD catches to total 4 TDs and a program record 618 all purpose yards. Utah keeps it close as Tim Tibesar’s defense shows weakness against Huntley and crew. Whittingham mistakes new AD Pat Casey for Scott Barnes, tries to hug him, Pat flips him off. Everything is caught on camera and Pat is applauded by all fans outside of Utah as everyone is always thinking about what he did when they see Kyle Whittingham.

We win 48-38 to go to 6-0 and a #13 ranking.

@ Cal

Worst: Reeling from a tough defeat in Corvallis to Utah, Mark Banker sees hope for the defense. However, he shows up to practice with a black eye and rumors swirl. Meanwhile, Jonathan Smith’s knuckles are bruised… Nick Daschels routine background check comes back on Jonathan Smith during game-week and reveals that in 2002 after his college career, Niner went to a club to play Fifa with then Chad Johnson (Ocho Cinco) and beat Chad in 13 straight games then went on a drunken stooper with Chad and TJ the day before the Bengals played the Seahawks. TJ and Chad got off scott free as Niner took the blame for the three cars they stole and took to the local demo derby in Cincy while painting cars green and yellow and then proceeding to smash them in the derby. Niner was jailed for two nights and then later bailed out by former teammate Marty Mauer. Nothing was on record as the police thought he was the water boy for Chad and TJ nothing more…

Nick Daschel tries to run with this story and say that Niner encourages bad behavior by college students and then covers it up for the star players by dumping previous players under the bus. Christian Wallace is his main “source.” Wallace quote: “yea coach Smith is a dude who talks dude watchu mean man g, bud, eou, aodfg”

Quote gets plastered on front of SI. Niner gets put on probation by Scott Barnes for three games. Jake Cookus for the second straight year gets promoted to interim head coach. It’s a wreck. Team loses faith and gets pummeled by Cal. Jack Colletto breaks pelvis and Aidan Willard is forced to run the team after being absent for most of fall camp. Offense is now in mutiny mode and Isiah Hodgins announces he is declaring for the draft mid season and will not play in any more games. Tyjon Lindsey stays with it and tweets “that’s my quarterback” TO meme at Willard. Banker retweets.

We lose 29-0.

Best: Niner sees Beau Baldwin pre game and is cordial. Beau says he is a better offensive mind. Niner scoffs.

Tim Tibesar pulls the defense together and says “do this for Niner.” They ensue to suffocate the Cal offense and force 6 turnovers and 2 defensive TDs. Brian Lindgren pulls out a trick play that involves Tyjon Lindsey, Hamiclar Rashed, Elu Aydon, Jefferson and ending with champ running through John McCartan’s legs for a TD. Niner mouths to Lindgren “run it up Brian! Leave no doubt!”

Luton throws 6 TD’s, Niner puts Nick Moore in to spite Beau and the EWU program that once was and he runs in 2 scores and throws another. Postgame, Niner congratulates Beau Baldwin for not coaching at Oregon State, thanks him for pulling offer from incoming QB Ben Gulberson. Casey Filkins sees this interaction and instantly decommits from Cal citing “unimaginative offensive coaching.” Andy Alferi jumps ship and posts pic of Beaver Brat at next home game…

Beavs jump to #6 overall and 7-0. We win 70-10.

@ Arizona

Worst: After Nick Daschels column with Christian Wallace as his star witness, Niner is suspended pending investigation by Scott Barnes.

Jake Cookus quits because of stress and becomes a logging supervisor with Thomas Tyner in Bend. Banker takes over head coaching.

Banker confident after he coached Hawaii defense to win, says he has the perfect plan.

John McCartan spies Kahlil Tate whole game, sacks him three times and recovers two fumbles. Defense proves to not be horrible and limits the cats to 10 points.

Offense does enough even with 4 turnovers and they squeak out a victory and Banker takes the team to In and Out for old times sake. Tristan Gebbia officially leaves team and plans to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers that Mike Riley is the current coach at in the CFL. League starts in 2059.

We win 16-10.

Best: Luton to Jesiah Irish. Implant that in your mind. It happens 16 times and Irish goes for 329 yard and 5 TD’s besting the Hawaii WR performance in Week 0. Luton throws 4 picks however and gets pulled for Gebbia who shows amazing poise and leads the team to a grinding victory in the end. Smith reminds the team, “We have to stay grounded. This is built stick by stick. One at a time.” Jalen Moore responds: “We got the sticks coach, BTD!” Casey Filkins and Andy Alferi commit in postgame locker room. Andrew Nemec downplays both and quickly tries to delete previous articles praising the two players… gets called out by Sidd Finch on twitter. Aaron Feld defends Nemec. “He flexed once.”

We win 56-38 and go to 8-0.

Washington

Worst: Coach Pete says Niner is cute pre game. Scott Barnes still investigating, asks Coach Pete for advice. Doesn’t say anything more. The Dogs woof at Reser. Blowout the Beavs. Niner trial pending with NCAA. Mark Banker goes to the top of the Peacock and dances during happy hour. Bruce Read karokes to Ricky Martin.

We lose 56-10.

Best: At 8-0 (5-0 in conference) and Washington at 9-0 (6-0) in conference, GameDay comes to town… Tensions are high as Dawg fans are verbally abusing Niner pre-game still wondering how Jake Browning never improved in the 11 years playing at UW and how Tyrone Willingham was ever the UW coach. Niner doesn’t come out for the whole pre game on field. TV thinks he isn’t at stadium. No players warm up. No one can be found…

Arty emerges from the inflatable Beaver helmet appearing to be levitating but he is really just standing on Champs shoulder who is hidden under Arty’s calves. Coach Pete has a stroke on the sideline in disbelief as the stadium is blacked out… Helicopters can be heard overhead and orange sirens are seen… Elu parachutes from the sky and the captains follow and skydive into the stadium. Jake Cookus takes credit postgame for the plan as he is interviewed for a brilliant onside kick play where Elu throws Champ in the air and he catches the onside kick in mid air and takes a fly sweep 24 yards for the win with zeroes showing on the clock.

Coach Pete recovers at local hospital and Ethan Braught does his insurance paperwork.

We win 28-26. Desmond Howard drinks a cup of real Beaver juice provided by the animal science department at OSU.

Arizona State

Worst: Herm Edwards brings the Devils in with their hair on fire and in a battle for Chad Johnson Jr.’s recommit for the 2020 class.

Pro style offense dooms Bankers’ defense for the first time since 2010 and ASU handles the pathetic offense lead by Willard. Brian Lindgren questions Banker’s true motives postgame. Jordan Whitely asks to play running back or threatens to transfer.

We lose 37-12.

Best: Reser is rocking for the second straight week. A sold out crowd shakes the stadium and the West End collapses during the 4th quarter. Game tied at 24, it is forced to be relocated to Crescent Valley High School’s grass field. Herm Edwards brings Scott Sanders on staff for the 4th quarter. Eno Benjamin breaks an 80 yard run but drops ball before goal line. Glasses ref can’t review because Crescent Valley has no cameras set up. Score counts and proves to be the difference. However, Chad Johnson Jr. begins questioning his commitment…

We lose 38-36.

@ Washington State

Worst: Gage Gabrud throws for 900 yards and 12 TD’s. Banker spends the night in Pullman. Bruce Read is hired on as special teams consultant as Jordan Choukair misses 8 field goal attempts from 35 yards out and 2 extra points. It doesn’t matter.

We lose 96-12. Mike Leach looks for different job as he proclaims postgame, “this is too easy..”

Best: Snow falling in late November and Pullman rocking as this is for the Pac-12 North title. Andrew Nemec writes article pre game about how it’s unbelievable and a miracle that Washington State and Oregon State are a combined 18-2 on the season because they have no 4 or 5 star recruits and are consistently ranked 11th and 12th in the conference in recruiting. He starts questioning if the coaches are evaluating talent correctly.

With momentum and Luton looking to atone for previous injuries against the Cougs, Niner takes the ball out of his hands and the Air Raid and runs 70 running plays. Jefferson runs for 200 and Arty goes for 243. OSU doesn’t punt and WSU has 4 total possessions. Mike Leach hires Navy coach as offensive coordinator and switches to the triple option.

We win 28-7 and clinch the Pac-12 North and head to the Civil War 10-1.

@ Oregon

Worst: Con’s funeral is a success. He was 27 years old.

Beavs end season 2-10. Mark Banker is given lifetime contract to coach at OSU. He accepts. Hires Gary Andersen as his defensive coordinator. Scott Barnes forces Issac Barnes to be walk on QB and gets promised starting position ahead of 2020 season.

Wayne Tinkle receives lifetime contract after he goes 16-16. Promises HUGE 2020 season. Scott Rueck leaves to be the coach at Uconn.

OSU Baseball goes 20-35 and Kevin Abel never plays baseball again. Kerry Eggers retires and moves to Spain. Angie Machado takes over Portland Tribune. John Canzano and Andrew Nemec go on strike for the Oregonian and join Antifa. Celebrated for “tolerance and diversity,” both get hired at Nike. OSU gets dropped by Nike and Scott Barnes signs new contract with K-Swiss. Says “they are one of kind and this will strategically improve our position in all sports. The shoe with the shield.”

Brian Lindgren leaves to be the offensive coordinator at Oregon. Justin Herbet gets medical hardship waiver. Phil swan dives off Reser and is caught by redcoats. Get’s put in insane asylum. Is forced to wear green and yellow jumpsuit to combat his inner demons. Braught becomes house dad at local sorority and gets fired because he refuses to talk to any of the pledges. Con loses job and is forced to work at the Young Life service center in the HR department. JD moves to Texas to work for the Dallas Cowboys as Zekes personal slave. Ash and Payson move in with Lisa and enjoy their time without any men in their lives. Vow to never watch Beaver football again. Scott Barnes becomes new president of Oregon State and eliminates OSU WBB and Baseball citing “funding” issues.

Niner is indicted and claims insanity and is sent to same asylum as Phil. Phil mumurs 430.235 years until competitiveness. Kalani Sitake leads BYU to a Rose Bowl birth but loses to a coachless Utah State team lead by Darrel Garretson. Conor Blount wins FCS Heisman.

Best: Oregon comes in at 0-11 looking for a glimmer of hope to end the season on. Mario Cristoball blames “injuries” for their struggles. Brian Lindgren calls the same trick play as the disastrous Civil War in 2018 as first play of the game and instead Luton throws a 90 yard TD on a throwback to Champ.

Champ has 900 all purpose yards and 4 TD’s. Jefferson and Arty both surpass 1,000 yard rushing on the season and 10 TD’s each. Add 500 yards a piece breaking the threshold with two screen passes that both go for TD’s.

Luton gets carried off the field and joins the 35th and Jackson crew at Taylor’s post game for 9 *uck it buckets. Tells Con and Braught they will be groomsmen in his wedding in 3 months. Doesn’t even invite them to wedding or bachelor parties. Braught gets married to Nike exec. Mario Cristoball gets fired after going 0-12. Oregon hires Don Pellum as head coach. We win the Civil War in dominating fashion, 74-0. Ducks send out walk ons to play second half. Oregon burns their new cheer uniforms. Con laughs.

Dana Altman is arrested for paying players and sentenced to life in prison. Beaver basketball fires Wayne Tinkle and Pat Casey steps in as permanent head coach.

We dominate Utah AGAIN in the Pac-12 championship, get snubbed from CFP but destroy Ohio State in Rosebowl. Arty becomes first player to have 7 80+ yard touchdown runs against one team in his career. Both Arty and Jefferson get invited to Heisman finalist show. Arty wins Heisman but gives it to Jefferson. “He the real MVP.”

Luton gets selected by the Seahawks in the first round and starts in 2020 and leads them to Super Bowl after Russel Wilson retires to become the manager for the new Portland Baseball MLB team.

Niner signs lifetime contract and Bob Lundenberg moves back from Boise and buys the Oregonian with his life savings money that he put down and won on the Beavers winning the Pac-12 championship in Vegas. Hires Kerry Eggers to cover all OSU sports. Donates $100 million to OSU and Pat Casey fundraises the rest of the money and completes Reser Stadium West in 5 months. Earthquake breaks Autzen in two.

Both scenarios are extremely likely to happen. Which one will it be???

 

2019 8/17/19 Oregon State Scrimmage Musings; Special Guest

Featured2019 8/17/19 Oregon State Scrimmage Musings; Special Guest

By Phil/Edited by Con/35th and Jackson

Fall is upon us. This means one thing, Oregon State football is rocking and starting.

A special correspondent gives his unique findings (edited for clarity) on the August 17th Family Fun/Football Scrimmage for OSU. Here we go from Phil himself…

(EDIT) Andy bold prediction: Herbert plays 9 games max this year…

  1. #21 CB Nashon Wright. “Frickin legit.” Has the skills and ability to  contribute right away. Will be a fine member of the JC Corner U that OSU has created.
  2. #13 S Trajon Cotton “brings the lumber” Will be awesome on special teams and haven’t heard much in practice about him but will get some major playing time especially with possible injuries to starters David Morris and Jalen Moore.
  3. #1 WR Tyjon Lindsey should be “our punt returner.” Looks like he is plenty focus on football… 😉 @AndrewNemec… STUD WR that will be awesome for the offense this year and an athlete similar to James Rogers. Although, #15 Champ Flemmings looks VERY elusive and has great angles and speed in the return game… “Are kickoff returns even allowed now in NCAA?”
  4. #34 LB Avery Roberts plays with a nasty attitude. HUGE step up from MLB’s of recent. Looks like he can back up the attitude with his play as well.
  5. #82 DE Cory Stover has Stork potential. Please see NFL reference for “the stork.” Marshfield local product will need to add some weight but huge upside at D-End for what OSU coaches have constantly said they are looking for on the edge for someone who can set it and has the length to keep it and rush the passer.
  6. #12 Jack Colletto, a great QB, now plays LB, and plays on kick off return team. Will be a great site with him plunging in for a TD in the WildCat and then have him being the wedge buster on kick off coverage team…YUMMY.
  7. The offense looked rusty and improved defense made them not look as good… (heavily edited comment)
  8. #17 Isiah Hodgins (Hodgkin’s disease) is a possession big bodied receiver. Don’t expect him to use his speed anytime soon or lack there of… see USC game last year… Still, he is a dominant WR.
  9. #99 Elu Aydon made a few nice plays but was finger wagging… Might want to re think that approach until he can stay on the field for multiple plays on a drive…
  10. Our stable of RB’s is an embarrassment of riches. It is unlike anything I have ever seen in the 30 years I have watched Beaver football… However, it will not matter if we have a few injuries upfront on the O-Line as we are not that deep there yet…
  11. One year and two weeks until competitive every game in Phil’s estimate. Does not mean games will not be competitive this year but possibly a few blowouts may still exist.
  12. Onward. Onward, together.
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Weekend Rewind 10/27-28

There it is! It finally happened! We got to experience a perfect football sequence. The Beavers and Seahawks both won on the same weekend. Oh, did you think I was going somewhere else with that? Because when I say “it finally happened” it could apply to many Beaver related things.

Let’s dive into the notes:

Oregon State Football

  • False start and call me Caleb Smith! The Beavs ended their 22 game road and 14 game conference losing streak simultaneously in Boulder, Colorado. I don’t know anybody who can honestly say they saw that coming.
  • The Beavs were trailing 31-3 in the third quarter.
  • Even when things were bleak, the defense stepped up and played their best game by far of 2018. Still a long way to go, but for the first time this season, I was encouraged by that side of the ball.
  • Jack Coletto got the start and played hard. I like having that kid on the team, but he was pretty overwhelmed most of the game and couldn’t get much going in the passing game. However, he might have nice role going forward as a bruiser on the goal line. He scored two TD’s on the day.
  • Enter Jake Luton. The Senior QB was nowhere to be found after the Nevada game due to a lingering high ankle sprain. For whatever reason the coaches decided it was time to roll the dice and give him a shot in the second half. Though still clearly hobbled, he put on a show and ignited the Beaver offense with over 300 passing yards and three TD’s.
  • Enter Isaiah Hodgins. Because we forget the guy is on the team when Luton isn’t in there. The pair picked up right where they left off in the Nevada game as Hodgins torched the Buffs secondary and pulled in what was probably the catch of the year in the corner of the end zone. Those two have undeniable Chemistry.
  • Jermar Jefferson is still an absolute beast. We are so lucky to have him. He has now eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season and there are four games to go.
  • We are left wondering what the final month could now bring. If Luton can stay healthy and the Beavers can be lethal throwing and running, this could get fun. Pair that with the defense showing life and we’ve got the opportunity to build a little momentum if things fall right.
  • Hamilcar Rashed Jr. This guy has been a force the past couple of games and things really seem to be clicking for him. I hope to see his growth continue.
  • Matthew Tago is another player that’s been standing out on the defensive side of the ball. He has not looked like a freshman the past several games and has the potential to be a big time player at OSU. If the size of his dad’s arms are any indication, this guy is only going to get stronger and scarier. LET THAT MANE FLOW!

Seahawks

  • A bunch of people wrote off the 2018 Seahawks. I wasn’t one of them. I said from the beginning 8-11 wins. I consider and still consider 8 the floor. For the dummies who picked them to win 4, you better hope they lose out.
  • Four wins in their last five games.
  • Russell Wilson was a stupid efficient 14-17 on Sunday.
  • Bobby Wagner had Golden Tate on a leash. It looked like he had a personal grudge the way he was abusing his former teammate.
  • Golden got traded to the Eagles earlier this week. I bet the first thing he did was look to see if the Seahawks were on their schedule.
  • The defense is continues to be really good even though they lost all these loud, injured, underperforming superstars. Imagine that!
  • I’ve said it from the beginning ,young and hungry beats old and disgruntled. That is the theme of 2018.
  • No disrespect to the guys that have gone elsewhere. I will always appreciate and respect what they accomplished in Seattle. But I didn’t appreciate the disruption they caused in the locker room the last two+ years.
  • Michael Dickson ran out of his own end zone for a first down.
  • There is no way we are just ignoring that last note… Again, Michael Dickson (THE PUNTER) ran for a first down from his own end zone to ice the game.
  • Chargers this week. Huge game. Schedule only gets tougher.
  • With every win comes more confidence.
  • This team reminds me of that 2012 team. Nobody outside of Seattle expected anything from them, but every week they battled and you could tell it was only the beginning. Fun times ahead.

Trailblazers

  • 5-2 and again, could be better.
  • I like the balance of this team. It’s early, but they are going to keep growing and evolving.
  • Zach Collins continues to improve and is becoming really fun to watch.
  • Like the Seahawks, there has been a lot of doubt with this team. But you look at what’s on the roster and you know they are going to compete each night.
  • As was expected, outside of the Warriors running away with the one seed and a guaranteed trip to the finals, everything else in the West appears to be wide open.
  • Meyers Leonard has once again seen his role diminish quickly. Nothing against the guy personally, but seven years in it’s pretty obvious to everyone (but Neil), that things didn’t pan out like we’d hoped.

Oregon State Basketball

  • This team needs to win 20 games. I’ll say it every day until forever.
  • They beat some obscure school in Montana by like 50 in an exhibition game, Saturday.
  • Should’ve beat them by 70.
  • Tres, Stevie, Ethan, and Alfred all look good to go. Again, those four should be enough to be an extremely competitive basketball team. No excuses.
  • I like the length on this roster. Lots of big bodies. Raw and lots of work to be done, but I like it.
  • At this point I just want to see how this team responds to real, meaningful games early. The goal should be to head into conference play undefeated. They will probably drop one or two, but any more than that would be a disappointment.
  • This season is the moment of truth. For the players I mentioned, for coach Tinkle and his staff, and for Beaver Athletics as a whole. It’s time to get it done.
  • Go Beavs!

Belated Weekend Rewind

FeaturedBelated Weekend Rewind

By Andy / 35th & Jackson

Even though the Seahawks were idle on a bye week and Oregon State football might as well have been, there were still plenty of items of note to go around.

 

Oregon State Football:

  • In a similar manner to their performance against Arizona earlier in the season, the Beavers took a golden opportunity in the friendly confines of Reser Stadium and promptly flushed it away.
  • A 49-7 loss to a Cal team that got trounced by a previously winless UCLA team a week ago was inexplicable.
  • It seems as though every time the Beavers have been set up for a mini breakthrough, they have failed fantastically.
  • The defense actually played decent early on. But of course, they happened to do so on a day the offense had absolutely nothing to contribute.
  • Artavis Pierce started in place of freshman phenom, Jermar Jefferson as he nursed a previously unmentioned hamstring injury. Jefferson did bust one 30 yard run, but unfortunately wasn’t able to go after that. People want to blame the poor offensive showing on Jefferson being out, but it was more than that. Pierce looked ok, but didn’t have a ton of room.
  • The other disaster was the inability to throw the ball down field. Whether it was the QB holding it too long, or the line not protecting, or a mixture of both.
  • Cal lived in the OSU backfield.
  • Conor Blount left the game with an apparent head injury after being the victim of targeting and remains in concussion protocol.
  • Jack Colleto plays hard, but as I’ve mentioned before, is a clear third option behind Luton and Blount.
  • Speaking of, is Jake Luton ever coming back? Things seem less optimistic  with each passing week. His high ankle sprain suffered in mid September is still bothering him. I’m thinking there might be more to this injury.
  • This now marks the FOURTH consecutive season that Oregon State has had to constantly rotate quarterbacks due to injuries. It’s unbelievable how many QBs see the field each year. It really paints a picture of just how rough this program has had it.
  • If Colleto has to start this week he will be OSU’s 7th or 8th starting QB in the last  four seasons. Others to start include Seth Collins, Marcus McMaryion, Nick Mitchell, Darell Garretson, Jake Luton, and Conor Blount. Let me know if I’m missing others.
  • Bottom line, Saturday was a bummer and to perform like that coming off of a bye does not boost program morale. I still believe they can get this thing turned around, but I wouldn’t dare put a timeline on it at this point.

Seahawks:

  • As I mentioned, the Seahawks were off this week but the chaos in the NFC is great for this team.
  • Sunday’s game in Detroit is massive. A win would really put the team in position for a nice run. The lions also come in at 3-3, winning three out of four games and looking like a contender. A loss would certainly hurt, especially on a schedule that leaves little room for error.
  • KJ Wright and Ed Dickson have returned to practice which could provide a major boost for this team on both sides of the ball.
  • It will be interesting to see if the running game picks up where it left off before the break.
  • Sunday will provide Seahawks fans a chance to think about how great it would be to have Golden Tate on this current team.
  • Speaking of receivers, will Doug Baldwin build on his strong outing in London after another two weeks of letting his ailments heal?
  • Speaking of receivers again, will Tyler Lockett continue to be a consistent playmaker? Let’s hope so.
  • Frank Clark and his agent say they are in no hurry for a deal. He has really performed well so far in what is a contract year and I can’t say with certainty that he’ll be here next year. Right now, Clark is the only threat as a pass rusher on this team. The Seahawks need to find some other guys to help in that area.
  • I’m as excited and nervous for this game as I have been in quite sometime. It just feels like a potential turning point. But on the road in Detroit has me worried about a last minute heart breaking defeat. It just feels like a scary game that comes down to a crucial play in the final moments.

Blazers:

  • They’re baaaaack!
  • I was pretty stoked about the 2-0 start especially after beating the Lebron led Lakers  who nobody outside of Portland seemed to realize… LOST!
  • Nik Stauskus has been a pleasant surprise so far. Sauce Castillo was trending on Twitter.
  • My excitement soured a little bit as the Blazers botched what should have been a 3-0 start. They couldn’t shake the Wizards at home and Dame and CJ were ice cold.
  • It worries me that both guards seem to be off at the same time so frequently. It made me shutter thinking of last year’s playoff series with New Orleans.
  • I really think this team can flirt with 50 wins if they play to their capabilities. A lot of people laugh at that, but really they should be able to come close to that.
  • But they can’t win 50 losing to Washington at home. That sucked.
  • I enjoyed the halloween costumes everyone wore. Especially Dame as Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Oregon State Basketball:

  • As we inch ever closer to the 2018-2019 season I’m making a conscious decision to demand more out of Beaver Basketball this year.
  • A team that returns Tres Tinkle and Stephen Thompson Jr. in year four,  and Ethan Thompson and Alfred Hollins in year two must win 20 games. Anything less is a disappointment. Some may be shocked by that statement, but it’s the truth. No more excuses.
  • BYU transfer Payton Dastrup has been denied immediate eligibility this season. That sucks as he would’ve been a nice veteran presence. But still… No excuses!
  • This is as much talent on the floor as there ever has been and I don’t care if the bench isn’t very deep. Four extremely good basketball players need to be able to carry a team. And trust me, it isn’t the players who should feel the pressure of these expectations…
  • Wayne Tinkle needs to prove that he can do it with this group right now. The tournament appearance three years ago was great, but let’s be honest… GPII carried that team far beyond what anyone thought and covered up for virtually every sin and shortcoming. His improv was incredible and helped make up for the fact that the team was in a state of constant confusion on offense.
  • They are still confused on offense and since Payton’s departure have tremendously underachieved.
  • I need to see clean, smart basketball. The talent is there, this coaching staff needs to show that they can get the most out of it. So far we haven’t seen that.
  • I know the PAC 12 is competitive, but this team should be fighting in the top echelon with the likes of Oregon, Washington, the Arizona schools, etc.. Not a team content finishing 8th or 9th in the conference.
  • Speaking of Washington, they have a second year coach with basically none of his recruits and are already in the top 25! I’m done with any excuses for OSU hoops.
  • Bottom Line: 20 wins is non negotiable.

Oregon State Baseball:

  • Still awesome! They win in fall, winter, spring and summer. Doesn’t matter, Wins on top of wins.

Mariners:

  • They never play in the fall.

 

Washington State:

  • Four straight, go Cougs!

 

Weekend Rewind

FeaturedWeekend Rewind

By Andy / 35th & Jackson

Beavs: It was a spirited effort for most of the game by our beloved Beavs. Wazzu jumped out to a 14-0 lead before I could say Gardner Minshew II. Here’s the thing, going into the game I thought this would be one of those weird games where the Beavers play a team close when everyone expects a blowout. I think I had this being an 11 (spread was 17) point win for the Cougs. After the blocked punt, I thought the Beavs would lose by 60.

What really happened was sort of what has happened all season thus far. I went into the game with higher expectations than most, because I feel I sensed what could be a trap game and that some weird stuff would happen. With a second half lead, I allowed myself to believe. They couldn’t stop our offense, but once again, our defense couldn’t tackle anyone. The Beavers did everything they possibly could. Trick plays galore, five fourth down conversions, and still it didn’t matter. It was an exciting game, don’t get me wrong… but they still lost by 19. It’s just a microcosm of the season. The Beavers come out and throw the biggest possible haymaker they can and they still get trounced in the end. All of that for a 19 point loss.

Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in where the program can get to and I believe Niner will take us there, but it’s hard to be encouraged by what we’ve seen so far. We need a defense. That’s on players, coaches and everyone involved with the program. I know we need more athletes on that side of the ball, but it’s more than that. You shouldn’t be giving up 50+ a game so long as you have 11 warm bodies and decent coaching. It’s unacceptable and it needs to be fixed. All I ask is for positive strides. If we can be a team that surrenders only 40 points a game in the final six games, I will be pleased.

This is longer than I anticipated, but my brain has been short circuiting over this stuff for the past few days. I leave you with this… Oregon State really is just a mediocre defense away from being a very difficult PAC 12 opponent. The offense has exceeded my expectations and then some. Sure there are mistakes and things to clean up, but the scheme is everything a fan could ask for. On that note, Jermar Jefferson makes a one win team must watch TV every week. So pumped we have 22 in the backfield.

Seahawks: I once again set myself up for failure with this one. Nobody thought the Seahawks had a snowball’s chance in the bad place of beating the Rams on Sunday. Nobody except me. I really thought they would find a way to come out on top and by golly they almost did. There was a lot to like as they ran all over the Rams vaunted D line and played very physical football all around. It was back and forth the entire afternoon, but unfortunately the Rams just made a few more plays. The defense got gashed by the lab produced Ram’s offense all day. They had their chances on some key third downs and just couldn’t get it done. And finally it all came to an end as the Rams converted a short 4th and 1 sneak to put the game on ice. Quick side note: A QB sneak from a yard out should always be automatic. I don’t know why we don’t see it more. It is almost impossible to stop. Once the Rams lined up after Pete Carroll’s much debated timeout (which I actually didn’t mind that much. I can see his logic and I believe the Rams would’ve rushed out and gone for it anyway with the offense huddled tightly on the sideline) I knew it was over. Properly executed sneaks are unstoppable.

33-31 left a sting, but I had to come away with a positive outlook. Other than the Rams running away with the top seed, the NFC is wide open. 2-3 isn’t ideal, but this team has shown they have found their identity again and I think they can make some hay in the next several weeks to be back in the thick of the playoff race. Other than the Rams on the road, I don’t see another game on the schedule that I immediately would consider a loss. I’m not saying they are going to finish 12-4 necessarily, but I wouldn’t count out 10-6 or even 11-5 just yet. Let’s see what this team can do going forward.

Mariners: It’s October, silly… A happy, merciful and well deserved offseason to all of the broken compass diehards. Go Ms!

Weekend Rewind: A quick look back at the sports weekend that was.

FeaturedWeekend Rewind: A quick  look back at the sports weekend that was.

By Andy / 35th & Jackson

It was a mixed bag of a weekend for the 35th crew. We saw the Beavers look foolish against a bad Arizona team, the Seahawks finally show up and the Mariners…ah, who the heck cares?

Here’s what I took away from the weekend:

Beavers:

Yikes. I’ve been more optimistic than most about this team’s ability to at least be competitive this season and with the exception of Ohio State, they have been. Saturday was a big step backwards. People can make excuses and say this thing will take time (I’m not referring to Coach Smith and the staff, just the general population), which is all fine and good, but there’s one problem… ARIZONA ISN’T FINE OR GOOD! In fact, they’ve looked pretty terrible. And after watching this game, I don’t think their success had much to do with them playing significantly better. This isn’t meant to be negative, I’m just being frank. The most concerning thing I saw was that they seemed to be content just letting things wind down in the second half rather than fighting to get back into the game. I hadn’t seen that up to this point and that is something I couldn’t stomach in the Gary Anderson era. I want to see a team that is out for blood and looking for a fight down to the last second, no matter the score.

I still think they can bounce back (especially offensively). However this game certainly left us with more questions than answers, some of which include the following:

-Why can’t this team tackle cleanly?

-What happened to the offensive execution?

-How does a 17 play drive end in a punt? *This hasn’t happened in college football in over 15 years.

-When a team has a kicker that has missed twice already, wouldn’t you at least consider the possibility of a fake the next time he struts out there?

– Is it realistic to expect to see any improvement out of the defense this year?

– Why is Isaiah Hodgins not targeted 8-10 times per game?

– Will we see a conference win this year?

– How will this team respond to its worst outing thus far?

-Will 35th and Jackson ever get suite access at Reser?

Seahawks:

What a circus this team is. They struggle enough as it is to be consistent on the field, they certainly don’t need all of the madness off of it. I’ve said this before but Earl Thomas is a strange individual. He doesn’t practice this week but not to worry… Mr. sunshine and rainbows, Pete Carroll took it all in stride. A player could hold Pete at gunpoint, rob him poor, punch him in the face and leave him for dead and I doubt Pete would press charges. He’d probably just say that it presented a unique opportunity to overcome adversity and that the player in question was only guilty of competing his tail off in a unique way.

For the record, I think Pete is awesome, and I think there’s more order behind closed doors than we realize. However, he is the most player friendly coach in the history of sports. This team has more drama than a Kardashian family Christmas and yet Pete always puts a positive spin on it. Take Doug Baldwin’s sideline outburst that was inexplicably directed at co-director of player personnel, Trent Kirchner. This is just the latest outside the lines, one-way scream fest that Pete Carroll classifies as “exchanging competitive thoughts.” That phrase cracks me up every time.

But of course, winning cures all. The Seahawks looked like the team I hoped for them to be in a 24-13 win over the Cowboys. They ran the ball, controlled the line of scrimmage and created timely turnovers. It’s amazing what can happen when they stick with the run.

I had to laugh at the fact that Earl had two impressive interceptions that killed the Cowboys. Every Dallas fan had to be ripping their hair out.

Let’s see if the Hawks can build off of this win and get a streak going against the hapless Arizona Cardinals. Braught and I will be in attendance (probably still licking our wounds from Saturday’s ASU game).

Mariners:

The annoying surge of useless wins is over. The Mariners are back to doing what they’ve done since July… losing… a lot. This team finally got what it deserved as it watched the A’s celebrate a playoff berth at Safeco Field. Why do we root for this team? Maybe a better question, why did we all let ourselves believe that this was the year they’d get back to the playoffs? June was a long time ago. It might as well have been 17 years ago at this point. Another year without postseason baseball in the Northwest. Maybe the Portland Diamond Projects will get there? Yes, I know that isn’t what the team will be named, but I think it’s a funny joke and I like it, so shut up!

Earlier this summer I swore I’d stick by the M’s even if Portland does get a team. Now, I’m not so sure. Ah, who am I kidding? I can’t help it. I can’t quit the Mariners. And at this point I’ve wasted too many years to jump ship now. I have a sickness. Man I hate this team. I want to have a beer with the guy that runs the mariner rants twitter account.  I’d add a link to his profile, but I feel like my computer might get a virus. I wouldn’t recommend anyone under the age of 23.5 read his tweets. His tweets go way too far, but the Mariners almost make them feel like they aren’t vulgar enough.

Hope springs eternal! Go Mariners!

Ohio State Recap: What we learned

Ohio State Recap: What we learned

By Andy / 35th & Jackson

The much anticipated matchup with Ohio State came and went over the weekend. The 77-31 blowout probably left most Beaver fans (including myself) with more questions than answers.

Here’s a quick recap of what went down and what we learned as observed through the 35th & Jackson lens.

Beavers:

  • Kind of a confusing day at the horseshoe. I said going in if the Beavers lost by less than 30 I would come away encouraged. A lot of Beav fans took to social media to express their excitement over the new era and a solid offensive output. Don’t get me wrong I liked what I saw on that side of the ball and hope to consistently see that production each week. I thought play calling was smart and they put guys in a position to succeed. However, the Beavers lost the game by 46 with a final score of 77-31. The defensive performance cancelled out any encouraging signs I was seeing. That may be harsh for a week one assessment, but if your defense gives up 70+ points to anyone, it is cause for concern.
  • Speaking of the defense, there were a lot of issues out there. The white jerseys looked slow. I get it, Ohio State is really good and has some of the best athletes on the planet. But still, the defense looked like they were playing in quick sand. Tackling was also a major issue as the Buckeyes bulldozed their way up and down the field (well, bulldozing when the beavers actually were close enough to get a finger on them).
  • Now it would be unfair of me not to mention some factors that probably contributed to the ugly performance. I get it, the defense was already missing several key players including David Morris and Jeromy Reichner. Aside from that a lot of freshman were getting their first taste of college football. Also, the Ohio State defense created seven of those points when Connor Blount fumbled in the end zone. So that lowers the defenses responsibility to 70 points. And then I’ll give them a slight break on Ohio State going for it on 4th down late in the game. So I’ll say that TD should’ve been a field goal and that they could’ve realistically held them to 66 points. That is still unacceptable, but it looks a little better than 77.
  • Ok, I’ll get more positive with these guys. I actually do think they can improve. It was one week against a playoff caliber team in a hostile environment with a first year coaching staff and a bunch of young players. Again, it’s not ok to give up 77 points, but I will hold off on sweeping conclusions until they get several games under their belt. I think there is a good chance that the defense makes a big jump this week. It’s still very early. All I can do is hope.
  • Offensively things actually looked pretty good. I felt bad that Luton went down on the first drive. The guy he worked hard to get back after last year’s injury and I thought he was actually poised to play much better under this staff. We will see what happens with him. Connor Blount was solid in relief , making all the throws he needed to and it didn’t feel like the moment was too big for him. The only blemish was him fumbling in the end zone. But overall I liked what I saw from Connor. I think if Blount would’ve played in the second half the Beavs score 45+.
  • Other positives: Artavis Pierce is exactly the back the 35th crew has always thought he was. Since his freshman year it has been obvious that Pierce has the potential to be special. He just hasn’t had the bulk of the carries up to this point. That changed on Saturday. He looked fantastic. He broke tackles and outran elite defensive speed for 78 and 80 yard scores. If he stays healthy, Pierce is going to have a monster year.
  • Trevon Bradford also had a phenomenal day. Like Pierce, it’s awesome to see the strides he’s made since his freshman year. He’s a weapon and I liked seeing Lindgren finding creative ways to get him in space.
  • The line was man handled. The Buckeyes defensive line is probably the best in the country, but I was hoping to see more of a fight up front. Too many sacks.
  • Overall I was a little discouraged by Saturday. But I still believe in Jonathan Smith and what this staff and team can accomplish. I expect to see this team get better each week and show some fight as the season progresses.
  • Southern Utah won’t just roll over, but I need to see the Beavers win by three touchdowns next week. Give me that and an angry, improved defense and I’ll be more optimistic.

This is only the beginning. Go Beavs!