Thursday, August 30th
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon
TV: Fox Sports Utah
Radio: Kall 700
All-time Series: Oregon State leads 4-8-1
Last meeting: 1992 (Utah 42, OSU 9)
What to expect when Utah has the ball: A successful spread option. Last year Utah was handicapped by the fact they could not run a true spread option under Brett Ratliff. Well now they have Brian Johnson, who is a spread option quarterback. With him lining up behind center, Utah's spread offense should return to its 2004 and 2005 roots.
What to expect when Oregon State has the ball: A conservative style of play that relies heavily on the running game. With Sammie Stroughter out at receiver and Sean Canfield getting his first start at quarterback, the Beavers will most likely rely on their preseason All-American back Yvenson Bernard over a passing attack.
How the Utes win: Find a running game and have a successful night on offense, while also pressuring Canfield into mistakes. If the Utes can stop the run and force him into the air, it could cause the Beavers some major problems on the offensive end, especially if Canfield struggles at connecting with his receivers. On offense though, Utah will need to have a decent game rushing and hope Brian Johnson isn't rusty after spending a year and a half not playing.
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