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The Beavers look to improve to 4-0 as they battle it out in the Pac-12 opener against the top-10 ranked Trojans

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Running back Deshaun Fenwick and the Oregon State offense hope to build momentum from last weekend's blowout win over Montana State heading into Saturday's visit from USC.The Beavers find themselves in the midst of their best start to a football season since 2014. Coach Jonathan Smith has his team humming after a 68-28 rout of Montana State at Providence Park last Saturday.

Now the Beavers head into Pac-12 play against the cream of the conference's crop. Oregon State hosts No. 7 USC at the currently under construction Reser Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Trojans are 3-0 after trouncing Fresno State 45-17 last weekend. Will the Beavers rise to the challenge?

Here's how to watch this weekend, as well as a brief look at what to watch for between the Beavers and Trojans.

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HOW TO WATCH

When: Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis

TV/Streaming: Pac-12 Networks / Pac-12.com

Radio: Beaver Sports Network

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Plain and simple, this has all the makings of a shootout. The Beavers' scoring capabilities were on full display against the Montana State Bobcats last weekend in the 60-burger victory, but the team has scored a minimum of 35 points in each game this season. With quarterback Chance Nolan continually showing off improvements in his passing efficiency as well as knowing when to scramble for yardage, the Beavers' passing game is performing as well as can be expected.

While tight end Luke Musgrave is out, the receiving corps is still operating at a high level; the Beavers have 835 yards through the air, fourth most in the conference. USC has the second most passing yards, and quarterback Caleb Williams has been sterling through his first few games. Oregon State will need to increase its pressure on the quarterback if the Beavers are going to hinder a powerful USC offense; the Beavers have just three sacks through the first three games.

Where Oregon State should have the edge is on the rushing front. Deshaun Fenwick, the Beavers leading rusher, will have to go above and beyond what he has shown thus far to ensure the Oregon State offense can keep pace.

It should be a high-scoring affair between the two teams. Oregon State will look to make it two in a row against USC, after beating the Trojans 45-27 last season in Los Angeles.


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