Beavers face tough stretch after bye
CORVALLIS — A quick look at the Oregon State football schedule and it's obvious the Beavers do not get any breaks in the next several Saturdays following this bye week.
The Beavers take on Washington at home on Sept. 30, then travel to USC on Oct. 7 before returning home to take on Colorado.
It's a brutal stretch for the Beavers, who have struggled to a 1-3 start.
Here's a look at those upcoming opponents:
WASHINGTON: The No. 7 Huskies are 3-0 and coming off a 48-16 win over Fresno State.
Quarterback Jake Browning has been extremely accurate this season, going 22 for 26 against Montana and 19 for 22 against the Bulldogs. He is 58 for 78 for 798 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception and is No. 7 nationally in passing efficiency.
On defense, the Huskies have forced seven turnovers and are ranked 14th in the NCAA in total defense. They allow 12.3 points a game.
Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven is averaging nine tackles a game and has one sack.
Washington has a rematch of last year's Pac-12 title game against Colorado this weekend.
USC: The No. 5 Trojans are 3-0 after surviving a scare from Texas, 27-24, in two overtimes in Los Angeles.
The Trojans are led by quarterback Sam Darnold, who is second in the Pac-12 with an average of 334 yards a game. Darnold led the Trojans on a 52-yard drive inside the final 40 seconds of regulation to set up the game-tying field goal against the Longhorns.
Darnold's favorite target is Deonta Burnett, who has 24 catches for 386 yards and four touchdowns.
USC plays at 3-0 California this Saturday and then at No. 18 Washington State before hosting the Beavers.
COLORADO: The 3-0 Buffaloes get their first big test of the season this weekend with a home game against the Huskies.
Colorado defeated Colorado State 17-3 to start the season, then took wins over Texas State (37-3) and Northern Colorado (41-21).
The Buffaloes are solid on defense. They lead the Pac-12 in scoring defense, giving up nine points a game, and have been tough against the run. They are also first in the conference in red zone defense.
The linebackers are adept tacklers. Drew Lewis averages 8.3 tackles a game and Rick Gamboa averages eight.
Running back Philip Lindsay averages 126 rushing yards a game and receivers Bryce Bobo and Shay Fields have combined for 40 catches.
Jake Luton is back in Corvallis after being discharged from the hospital in Pullman, Washington.
Luton was injured when he was hit by Washington State defenders at the end of a run and was left motionless for several minutes on the field.
Luton's father Judd said in a Facebook post that Jake had a probable thoracic spine fracture.
Darell Garretson has been Luton's backup. The Beavers also have Conor Blount and freshman Aidan Willard at quarterback.