Oregon State has a 6-foot-7 starting quarterback in Jake Luton, so one would assume the Ohio State defense made a quick study and fast plans of how it will deal with the Beavers offense Saturday in the season opener.

Rush the quarterback; get after the tall guy.

Just like in the Cotton Bowl eight months ago, a win over Southern California, the Buckeyes made eventual the life of No. 3 overall NFL draft pick Sam Darnold miserable with eight sacks and many other hits, which caused it to be a turnover jamboree.

If only it were that easy in prepping for the Beavers. Not that anyone is thinking Oregon State, coming off a 1-11 season and under the new management of coach Jonathan Smith, is going to be a stern test. Ohio State, despite having acting head coach Ryan Day in charge while Urban Meyer serves a three-game suspension, is still a 38-point favorite.

But preparing for the Beavers offense has been an interesting exercise for the Buckeyes, who will sport six new starters on defense. Smith last worked as offensive coordinator for Chris Pederson at Boise State and then Washington, and his offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren last worked at Colorado, so the OSU defenders have seen more Huskies and Buffaloes on the video screen the past few weeks than they have Beavers, except when it came to study of individual players.

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“We’ve been watching the (Oregon State) tackles just to get a bead on them,” preseason All-America defensive end Nick Bosa said. “But for like run scheme and stuff like that, we’re definitely watching Colorado.”

That’s because they really don’t know exactly what’s coming at them Saturday.

“We’ve got to be prepared for it all,” safety Jordan Fuller said.

That even goes for studying the quarterback.

“They’ve got two guys, they’ve got a backup (6-1 Conor Blount) who is more of a runner,” Bosa said. “We’ve faced similar things in practice with Dwayne (Haskins Jr.) and Tate (Martell), so we’re practicing both, getting ready for both.”

Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said what he has stressed, especially to those who will see extensive action for the first time — including new starting linebackers Malik Harrison, Baron Browning and Pete Werner — is to be prepared for anything.

“We would like to think that we have a system that can adapt within the game,” Schiano said. “And that’s something we constantly talk to our players about, is we’ll go in with a blueprint but we’re not married to anything because we have a menu, we can use certain things. … I get a kick sometimes of the defensive coaches who say, ‘I don’t care what they do, we dictate.’ And that’s not true. They line up in a formation, we don’t tell them how to line up, and then we have to react to that.”

Besides, he said, it would be foolish to think the Beavers will just run the Washington offense or the Colorado attack.

“You really have to spend some double time studying both, but not marrying yourself to either,” Schiano said. “Because you may get a third — you may get a hybrid of both."