Expect a lot of throwing and a lot of points when Mike Riley’s Oregon State Beavers head up north to take on the Washington State Cougars tonight. Both teams love the air it out, though they do it with different styles. The Beavers are more of a traditional, pro-style team, while Mike Leach’s Cougars run his vaunted Air Raid offense.
Riley was recently asked about the difficulty of preparing to face so many different kinds of offenses in the Pac-12. Here’s what he had to say:
There are seven or eight kinds of spread offense, then with Stanford there are times everybody on the field is lined up between the hash marks. We’re somewhere in between that and Washington is between that, though they look more like UCLA. Of course USC (is pro-style) …
You get a mixed bag of things you have to do, and that’s why you need a wide variety of personnel on defense. You need the guys who can line up against Stanford and more and more, you need guys who can play in space (Oregon Live).
The game isn’t exactly the Pac-12′s marquee matchup of the weekend, but it should be a fun one regardless. If you haven’t seen the tandem of Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks play, you are definitely missing out. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU starting at 7:30 p.m. PT.
[Source: Oregon Live]