Utah football: 5 Oregon State Beavers to watch this weekend against the Utes

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12 2013 12:24 p.m. MDT

A team that loses its season opener and national ranking is not a team to be trifled with.

Oregon State is coming to Salt Lake City looking to get its season back on track after a surprising first week loss to Eastern Washington.

Utah, however, is trying to accomplish something it sorely lacked last year, a Pac-12 win. The Utes also have an opportunity to start conference play with a win for the first time since joining the Pac-12. It all comes down to execution for the Utes.

The Utes are 1-1 against Oregon State since joining the Pac-12. They lost last year’s game to then-No. 8 Oregon State, 21-7, giving the Beavers a 6-0 start to its season and leaving Utah floundering with its first 2-5 season start under coach Kyle Whittingham.

Oregon State regained some momentum last week, overcoming a halftime tie and beating Hawaii 33-17. The game wasn’t perfect by any means, but players are emerging on both sides of the ball for Oregon State.

Needless to say, Oregon State has everything to prove, and it is not going to be an easy challenge for the Utes. Here are five players the Utes need to watch.

Alex is currently a student at the University of Utah studying communications. He has been a writer for The Daily Utah Chronicle and The Deseret News and has worked as an anchor and reporter for the U's Newsbreak. Contact utahmanalex@gmail.com

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Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

This game should be a good measuring stick for the Utes. Should they lose, they are in for a LONG season. If they can win impressively however, they might just be on their way to a winning season and a bowl this year. Should be a fun game to watch, unless they get thoroughly embarrassed at home... Good Luck Utes!

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Should be a good game and the utes could pull it out at home. It too bad that the utes schedule most of their games at home this year. I guess that is one way to pad the win column.
They are doing the same in basketball. A confident team would play more games on the road
Go Beavers. Roll the utsies.

Ute buster
Salt Lake City, UT

Great comment; The utes have not won a conference opener since joining the pac+u. How funny is that.

Te Amo
Salt Lake City, UT

The coaches & players we have on the field have us pointed toward building another 2008 team in the next couple of years. Definitely a vast improvement of the last couple years playing without a quarterback. Go Utes, we really need this one!

Salt Lake City, UT

The Utes won't have to watch Enger because he is out with a knee injury. The Beaver O-line in general is decimated with injuries, so I don't think that is considered a strength for them in this game (though it might be if all their starters were healthy).

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