Nicholls St. vs. Oregon St.: Setting the Stage

Nicholls St. vs. Oregon St.: Setting the Stage
Oregon State safety Anthony Watkins (3) celebrates after sacking Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan with defensive end Scott Crichton (95) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Stanford won 27-23. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Nicholls State (1-9) at No. 16 Oregon State (8-3) 2:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)

Line: No line.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

This game was supposed to be the season opener for both Nicholls State and Oregon State, but it got postponed when Hurricane Isaac took aim at the Colonels' Thibodeaux, La., campus and closed down the school. Nicholls State is struggling with a seven-game losing streak, while the Beavers are coming off a 48-24 loss to intrastate rival Oregon in the Civil War.

KEY MATCHUP

Nicholls State's passing offense against Oregon State's defense. The Colonels' receiving has improved this season and ranked third in the Southland Conference with an average of 226.9 yards a game. The Beavers are ranked third in the Pac-12 in pass defense, allowing an average of 227.6 yards a game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nicholls State: QB QB Landry Klann. The junior has 1,885 yards passing and needs just 115 to become the first ?rst 2,000-yard passer for the Colonels since Brad Zeller threw for 2,374 yards in 1998.

Oregon State: CB Jordan Poyer: The senior, a Pac-12 first-team selection, is tied for fourth in the nation with six interceptions this season. Overall, the Beavers have 17 interceptions, tied for sixth in the nation.

FACTS & FIGURES

This is the third FBS team that Nicholls State has played this season. The Colonels also faced South Alabama and Tulsa, both losses. ... The Colonels have two wins over FBS opponents since 2000: They beat Arkansas State 28-22 in 2001, and Rice 16-14 in 2007. ... Five Nicholls State games have been cancelled by hurricanes since 2004. The Oregon State game is the first to be rescheduled. ... Colonels head coach Charlie Stubbs was an assistant at Oregon State from 1985-90. ... Oregon State is trying to become undefeated in non-conference play for the first time since 2002. ... The Beavers' have five more wins than they had last season. Only Ohio State and Middle Tennessee have six more wins. ... Nicholls State's next football game after Saturday is Aug. 31, 2013 at Oregon.