October 25, 2013

Keys to the Game: Stanford

It seems as if it's been a month since Oregon State 6-1 (4-0) has played a home game, and that's because it has been. OSU's last home game was on September 28th in their 44-17 blowout of Colorado. This week, the Beavers welcome a much more polished and formidable opponent to town, #6 Stanford who sits at 6-1 and 4-1 in conference.

In a game pitting two top 25 teams against one another every little detail can be a key to victory. Here's what Beaver Blitz feels are the most important factors in moving the Beavers to 7-1 and still undefeated in conference play.

Punch, and Punch Some More: Everyone knows that Stanford plays a very physical brand of football. There is a chance that they will be without the second leading pass catcher in WR Devon Cajuste who is nursing a knee injury. There is only one other Cardinal on the team outside of Ty Montgomery and Cajuste who has more than four receptions that's not a running back.

Expect the Cardinal to come out and run the football and be physical from the outset. Senior running back Tyler Gaffney is a load at 6-1 226 and will be running downhill all night. OSU needs to match the physicality up front and set the tone early on defense. If Stanford is running at 5+ yards a pop it will be a very long night inside Reser for the Beaver defense.

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