An Early Look At Utes’ 2023 Football Opponents: Oregon State Beavers

Jun 1, 2023, 2:12 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – Spring ball is over, and the summer months are upon us making it a great time to take an early look at Utah football’s 2023 opponents.

Week five against Oregon State up in Corvallis on a Friday night could prove to be a very interesting test for the Utes with many believing the Beavers could be a dark horse for the Pac-12 Championship. OSU will be coming off a road trip the week before to Washington State, whereas Utah will have been home hosting UCLA for likely the last time in a while.

Anyone paying attention knows the Beavers have been a team on the rise the past few seasons under head coach Jonathan Smith, and they are more than capable of upsetting the “bigger” teams in the conference much how Utah did from 2014-2017.

The When And Where Of Utah Vs. Oregon State

When: Friday, September 29

Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon

Time: 7:00 p.m. MT

Network: FS1


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by KSL Sports (@kslsports)

What We Know About OSU Heading Into 2023

Stop me if this sounds familiar. According to Athlon Sports, Oregon State has made major strides the past few seasons producing tough defense, and a strong run game that has allowed them to play near-spoiler and sometimes full-spoiler to promising seasons for their conference-mates.

The weak link holding Oregon State back from maybe doing a little more than playing “spoiler” the last two seasons has been quarterback play. However, it appears on paper OSU has upgraded their situation at quarterback through the transfer portal after landing former Clemson signal caller D.J. Uiagalelei.

Additionally, the Beavers have a few spots on their defense, particularly in their secondary and linebacker corps that have some questions after departures to the NFL and through the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Oregon State’s Returning Talent

Perhaps one of the biggest positives for Oregon State heading into the 2023 is the return of all five of their starters on the offensive line. Not only does that help ease in a new quarterback (likely Uiagalelei, but there is some thought Ben Gulbranson could still be in the mix), but it also allows for their run game to continue flourishing.

Speaking of Oregon State’s run game, they will be returning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Damien Martinez who had six consecutive 100-yard rushing game in 2022. Additionally, the Beavers will also be returning Anthony Gould and Silas Bolden who had breakout seasons last year on special teams.

Defensively, OSU returns interior linemen Isaac Hodgins and James Rawls who have both received all-conference honors. Safety is another area that appears to be in good shape for the Beavers, especially if they can get Alton Julian back from an ACL tear he suffered last season.

A Few Areas Of Concern For OSU

Overall, when scanning through a different Athlon Sports review of Oregon State, it appears the offense should be in pretty good shape aside from some of the questions that always arise when you have to break in a new quarterback. Where the biggest “concerns” seem to pop up are on the defensive side of the ball.

The Beavers will need to find replacements for cornerbacks Rejzohn Wright, and Alex Austin who are now in the NFL, as well as linebacker Omar Speights who will play at LSU this season. Additionally, it appears that while OSU has brought in some talent to their inside linebacker room, they are only returning one guy with significant playing experience in Easton Mascarenas-Arnold.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by KSL Sports (@kslsports)

Everyone Knows Things Can Get Weird At Reser On A Short Week

It may sound superstitious, but it feels like the Pac-12 is more than a little aware of the fact that games can go sideways in a hurry at Reser Stadium. Especially on a short week.

The Utes fell victim to this the last time they traveled to Corvallis in 2021, falling to the Beavers, 42-34. Naturally, the year is different and so are the teams, but the stakes appear to be much higher with Utah potentially attempting to threepeat as Pac-12 Champions and Oregon State having a great shot to claw their way to the top of the conference in 2023.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports



  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes


Michelle Bodkin

Utah, BYU, Utah State Represented In East-West Shrine Bowl 1000

All three major colleges in the state of Utah- Utah football, BYU, and Utah State are represented on the Shrine Bowl top 1000 players list.

2 days ago


Michelle Bodkin

Spring Ball Review: A Look At Utah Football’s Cornerbacks

Before we dive into camp breakdowns, there are still two position groups we need to take a look at starting with the Utah cornerbacks.

2 days ago


Michelle Bodkin

Former Utah Utes Athletes Set To Compete At 2024 Paris Olympics

All eyes turn to Paris, France, next week for the 2024 Summer Olympics and there will be a few former Utah athletes taking the big stage.

6 days ago


Brian Preece

Locals In MiLB: Justin Sterner Gets Second Cup Of Coffee With Tampa Bay Rays

The life of a minor league bullpen arm is rarely straightforward, as former BYU Cougar standout pitcher Justin Sterner can attest.

8 days ago


Michelle Bodkin

Kai Roberts, Micah Ashman Recount High School Basketball Rivalry After MLB Draft

Former Utah baseball stars Kai Roberts and Micah Ashman recounted a high school basketball rivalry after being drafted to the MLB.

8 days ago

merit jones...

Brian Preece

Utah Baseball Starting Pitcher Merit Jones Selected By Minnesota Twins

The Boston Red Sox have selected University of Utah starting pitcher Merit Jones with the 608th overall pick in the 2024 MLB draft.

9 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

An Early Look At Utes’ 2023 Football Opponents: Oregon State Beavers