KERRY SAYS: On, Wisconsin! Badgers have probable mismatch in Oregon State
Since Mike Riley began his second term as Oregon State coach in 2003, it's been a tradition for the Beavers to lose non-conference road games in September and early October.
Oregon State is 1-10 in such games, including a 30-21 loss to Texas Christian at Dallas Cowboys Stadium last year. OSU's only victory came on Justin Kahut's last-second field goal for a 23-21 win at Nevada-Las Vegas in 2009. Against ranked opponents, the Beavers are 0-6 in those games.
On to Wisconsin, where the Beavers are three-touchdown underdogs to the eighth-ranked Badgers, who are 42-4 at Camp Randall Stadium since 2004.
In other words, they just don't lose at home.
It feels pretty hopeless for an Oregon State team that lost to a Division I-AA team at home in its opener and will be without star-in-training Malcolm Agnew, the true freshman tailback, who will sit out with a hamstring injury.
The Beavers' mission will be to show improvement from its dismal debut, be competitive and stay as close as possible to the defending Big Ten champions.
The biggest problem will be on defense, with OSU's thin line going up against Wisconsin's mammoth front. Doesn't seem fair the Badgers should have North Carolina State transfer Russell Wilson, one of the nation's top dual-threat QBs, running the show.
Wisconsin could have named its score in a 51-17 rout of UNLV last Saturday. Let's hope that's not the case this Saturday.
THE PICK: Wisconsin 49, Oregon State 17