Game 2 of the season for the Oregon State football team will be Sept. 7 at home against Hawaii. 

This should be another good step to get ready for the Pac-12 season, which begins in Week 3 at Utah. 

The big news around Hawaii is the mascot name change. It's Rainbow Warriors again after a ban on the Rainbow part. 

Hawaii is starting the season out fast with a home opener with USC and then a trip to Corvallis. 

That's tough for a team rebuilding after a 3-9 season. The three wins were against Lamar, UNLV and South Alabama. 

Coach Norm Chow is in his second season and hopes to get things going soon. There are 18 returning starters, nine on offense, eight on defense and a kicker. 

If those players have developed like the Beavers did when they went young, this could be a formidable team now they are wiser and had some time to train.

The offseason was filled with rest and recovery for a team that was banged up pretty bad. There was an NCAA-leading eight season-ending injuries last year. 

OSU has a strong tradition of recruiting in Hawaii, so this is a major game in that regard. The Beavers have to look good here to help convince players to come to the Mainland instead of staying at home. 

Chow's pro style is similar to what coach Mike Riley does, so that means this is a good week to work on base technique before dealing with more spread offenses of the Pac-12.

Cliff Kirkpatrick covers Oregon State sports for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at

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