The Oregon State Beavers shocked pretty much everyone in 2012 by putting together a 9-4 season and almost knocking off several top-tier teams. Two of their losses came by four points and the other was against top-five, in-state rival Oregon (the “Civil War”), which is never an easy game for either team. The Beavers have a ton of momentum heading into 2013, but they absolutely have to decide on one starting quarterback to have any real success going forward.
In 2012, junior quarterback Cody Vaz and sophomore signal-caller Sean Mannion split the offensive snaps about 50-50, which didn’t derail Oregon State’s season, but it certainly didn’t do the Beavers any favors.
If you’ve ready any of my work here at Rant Sports, you know I absolutely despise two-quarterback systems. They have never, ever worked well at any level of football and they never will. Period. I’ll bet my house on that.
Thus, the Beavers can’t do what they did in 2012 at the game’s most important position, especially considering the team will enter 2013 without star receiver Markus Wheaton. That means whoever the quarterback is–Vaz or Mannion–will have more weight on their shoulders and less talent on which to lean in the passing game.
A vast majority of the Beavers’ second-best Pac-12 defense is back, so that will definitely relieve some of the pressure, but if one of the quarterbacks gets down in game during which the defense isn’t playing quite as well, inserting the other passer will not fix the problem, so Beavers coach Mike Riley has to stay disciplined in those situations, which will be the X-factor in Oregon State’s 2013 season.