CORVALLIS — Oregon State’s football team will have not one, but two, bye weeks in 2019, as will the rest of the Pac-12 Conference.
That was revealed Tuesday when the conference announced its dates and pairings.
After playing three nonconference opponents, the Beavers will have a bye Sept. 21 before opening Pac-12 play at home against Stanford Sept. 28.
OSU will then head to the Rose Bowl to take on the Bruins Oct. 5.
Utah, and possibly former Beavers head coach Gary Andersen, will be in Corvallis for homecoming Oct. 12. Andersen, who left the Beavers midway through the 2017 season, has been an assistant with the Utes this season.
The Beavers head to California to take on the Golden Bears Oct. 19 before getting their second bye to prepare for the final five games of the season.
That stretch begins with a trip to Arizona Nov. 2 before back-to-back home games against Washington Nov. 8, a Friday, and Arizona State Nov. 16.
The Beavers then close out the regular season with back-to-back road trips, beginning at Washington State Nov. 23 with the Civil War set for Nov. 30 in Eugene.
It’s the first time the Beavers will end the season with back-to-back games on the road since 2009 — when they did so against the same two teams.
Oregon State misses Colorado and Southern Cal this season in Pac-12 play.
The Beavers will face two teams coming off a bye and they happen to be back-to-back — Utah and California.
The Beavers open the season at home for the first time since 2015 (Weber State) when Oklahoma State comes to Reser Stadium Aug. 30, a Friday night. It will be the first meeting between the two programs.
The Beavers then head to Hawaii to take on the Rainbow Warriors Sept. 7 before returning home to close out the nonconference slate against the Cal Poly Mustangs Sept. 14.
The Hawaii game could have a little extra intrigue after Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich took to Twitter in May to call out Oregon State about its recruiting practices.
He was upset Oregon State sent recruiting material and invitations for the Beavers spring game addressed to current players at Hawaii to the university.
“My apologies for our players not being able to attend your Spring game,” Rolovich posted on Twitter. “Ours was the same day, bad timing. Quick question, in the 203 years of coaching, none of you realized you couldn’t actively recruit another school’s players? Sent to campus?”
The Beavers received a secondary violation from the NCAA.
Oregon State will face nine teams that are playing in a bowl game this season. Only USC and Arizona missed a bowl. Cal Poly went 5-6 and did not make the FCS playoffs.
Dec. 19 is the start of a three-day early signing period for high school seniors and, as of Tuesday, morning the Beavers have 14 “hard” recruits according to 247sports.com.
That list includes linebacker Omar Speights, who transferred to Crescent Valley High for this past season. His brother, Jeromy Reichner, will be a senior for the Beavers.
Also from the state of Oregon are tight end Like Musgrave (Bend), defensive end Cory Stover (Marshfield), defensive tackle Kelsen Hennessy (Clackamas) and Anthony Gould (West Salem), listed as an athlete.
High school seniors in the class include running back Taron Madison, outside linebacker Ryan Franke, cornerback Wynston Russell, cornerback Jojo Forest, defensive tackle Evan Bennett, cornerback Alex Austin and outside linebacker Michael Erhart.
Junior college transfers are defensive tackle Jordan Whittley and offensive tackle Robin Vanderlaan.
Midyear JC transfers have until Jan. 15, 2019, to sign. The regular signing period begins Feb. 6, 2019.