Just to try and generate some content, even though we're down to 6 teams, so I decided to make a thread to leave some comments / concerns / thoughts in regards to my Oregon State squad. I took OSU as it was a school that had some upside but also one that was going to take some rebuilding. As the league is smaller now I'm hoping we can burn through a few seasons before people start to shutdown '12 in anticipation for '13. I like the challenge of building up a school. I've never tried to do one with the recruiting restrictions we have in place, so I expect it to be an uphill battle. ========================== Expectations for Season 3: I didnt do any recruiting after the switch in season 2. I wanted to come into this preseason and start fresh, as if I had just taken over the "job". Recruiting so far this season is as tough as expected. All my recruits are or worse. That was expected though as OSU is only a program. I have some solid offensive weapons to start with at QB, HB, and WR. The downside is they're all juniors. At best I have them for two seasons. Obviously, trying to find replacements at these positions (as my depth isnt that great) is a priority. Offense though wasnt my biggest concern coming into the season. Defensively play makers are hard to come by. We have an All American ROLB but outside of him there isnt much. Recruiting defensively is definitely a top priority for this season. That being said, my expectations for this season were pretty low. I pictured the season unfolding to the tune of a 7-5 or 6-6 finish and a hopeful bowl victory (especially with the apparent quality of teams in the PAC 12 this season). The biggest focus was on landing the recruits I was after and trying to move the team up to a rating. Clearly building for the future. ========================== Current thoughts for Season 3: Surprisingly our defense has been the strength of the team. Despite the low ratings and low expectations, the defense is definitely the reason we're off to a 2-0 start. Coming into the season I thought every game was going to be a shoot out; the first two games have been everything but. Through two games our defensive stats are as follows: Passing Yards Allowed - 296 Rushing Yards Allowed - 122 Yards Per Rush Allowed - 2.14 Third Down % - 43% Fumbles Recovered - 1 Interceptions - 5 Defensive Touchdowns - 3 The third down % I would like to see lower (TAMU destroyed us on third down), but the rest of those stats I couldnt ask for better results. Offensively we're leaning on our Junior HB Agnew as our workhorse and he hasnt disappointed. He is and will continue to be the focus of our offense. Next up for us is Purdue (0-1). If we win, we'll be at a surprising 3-0 and likely will crack the top 25. I honestly never expected a start like this. It really has made me change my outlook for this season. The biggest thing for us though is being able to win in the PAC 12. Even if we do start 3-0, all three of our wins will be non-conference. Week 5 is when our conference play beings and that will truly be a telling sign on how the rest of the season plays out.