Danny Moran, who covers Oregon State for The Oregonian, provides his insight into this matchup with CU:

3 Beavers key to this game

1.Ryan Nall, RB: The junior broke out for his first big game two years ago when Colorado was in Corvallis and has become the team's best offensive player. Health will be a factor since he missed the USC game with a sprained ankle, but he is expected to play. Nall is also a captain.

2. Jordan Villamin, WR: The 6-foot-5 senior should be the Beavers' go-to option in the pass game, but he and that part of the offense have struggled mightily since starting quarterback Jake Luton got hurt on Sept. 16 and was replaced by Darell Garretson. Villamin has only two catches for nine yards in the two games Garretson started this season.

3. Kyle White, CB: OSU is down two starting cornerbacks — Xavier Crawford (back) and Dwayne Williams (knee) — and sophomore Jay Irvine is questionable. White is a converted running back now tasked with leading the charge to shut down the trio of Shay Fields, Devin Ross and Bryce Bobo.

First impression of OSU interim coach Cory Hall and the impact he could have on this game and the rest of the season:

Hall was selected in large part because of the energy he brings to the team. He arrived prior to the 2016 as cornerbacks coach and quickly developed a rapport with his players and earned their respect given his own NFL experience as a defensive back. He has praised the coaching staff publicly since taking the job and said he would take a hands-off approach as far as play calling on both sides of the ball. His primary task for this week will be getting focus and energy from a team that went through the ultimate shock of losing its head coach mid-season.


Key statistic for Oregon State

I'll cheat by giving two: OSU ranks second-to-last nationally in both opponent third down conversion rate (53.2%) and fumbles (12). The Beavers have put their defense in brutal positions because of those turnovers all year and the defense's inability to get off the field in critical situations has also been a killer.

Oregon State can win this game if ...

The Beavers must find a way to settle themselves after one of the more chaotic weeks a team can go through, following the sudden and surprise departure of Gary Andersen. They will have to find energy and sustain it for four quarters, which has been a problem even with their head coach, and cut down on turnovers.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.