College Football News is on the ball early with some fairly obvious early looks at the Pac-10 teams. However, it's kind of nice to read about the other teams since we generally don't follow them as heavily. Here's what they said about the Beavers:
Spring Preview 2006 - Pac 10:
Spring practice starts: April 3
Spring Game: April 29
The big spring question is ... Will Oregon State ever have a quarterback who doesn't throw a bazillion interceptions? After the Derek Anderson era it would be hard to imagine a quarterback could throw more interceptions, but Matt Moore managed to throw 19 picks with only 11 touchdown passes. Yeah, six of those interceptions came against Arizona in bad conditions, but four of his touchdown passes came against Portland State in the opener. At some point, the Beavers must get more efficient production out of the passing game and not just throw for a ton of yards.
The most important position to watch is ... Linebacker. Trent Brey and Keith Ellison formed the best linebacking tandem no one knew about, and now their 215 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss from last year are gone. Oregon State has been a bit of a linebacker factory over the years, but replacing these two won't be easy.
Spring attitude... It might not take too much tweaking to be really good. The pass defense can't be any worse than last year when it finished 117th in the nation, the team finished last in the Pac 10 in passing efficiency, and 115th in the country in turnover margin. Even so, the Beavers went 5-6 with bad losses to Arizona and Stanford by a total of five points. Considering they get so many returning starters on both sides of the ball, it shouldn't be too hard to improve enough to become a bowl team again. "