Everything you need to know about the state of Oregon
Washington football will face another tough opponent when they visit the Oregon State Beavers in Week 5.
The Oregon State Beavers are not a team to sleep in in Washington. They are 3-1 and lost their only game to Purdue by nine points in Week 1.
The Castors’ outlook for the 2021 season looks good. They haven’t finished with a win-loss percentage over 0.500 since 2013.
Right now, Oregon State has the number one offense in the Pac-12 with the most yards per game and the number one offense with 226 yards per game.
Other notes on beavers:
- Outscored opponents by 69 points in total
- Has opponents limited to 90 rushing yards on average per game
- On average 30 passing yards per game less than his opponents
- Beat opponents by 11 TDs in total
- Three times more sacks than opponents
Player to watch: RB BJ Baylor
Stats: 61 att, 422 yards, 6.9 average, 7 TD
BJ Baylor’s running is a big part of the reason the Beavers have a season.
In Oregon State’s opener against Purdue, Baylor was limited to 9 attempts for 24 yards, but still managed to rush for two touchdowns.
In last week’s historic game against USC, Baylor rushed for 158 yards on 23 attempts, and despite no touchdowns, he helped his team win.
Baylor is a quick comeback who immediately finds an opening and crosses it. The Huskies can’t afford to approach Baylor from a bad angle because he will simply walk past them.
Containing Baylor starts with the defensive line, which must do better to stop the run this week than the rest of the season.
Player to watch: QB Chance Nolan
Statistics: 60/83, 847 yards, 9 TD, 2 INT
Chance Nolan appears comfortable and poised as he continues to gain experience as an Oregon State starting quarterback. He’s billed as not being as agitated in the pocket as he was last season and has improved with his progressions.
Nolan has a 72.3% completion rate versus 50.5% in three games last year. He’s only been sacked twice in four games, thanks to his offensive line, which is the Pac-12’s first with the fewest loss tackles allowed and sacks allowed.
Nolan is currently second on the Pac-12 behind Dorian Thompson-Robinson of UCLA in passing yards per attempt (10.2) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (9-to-2).