A loss to TCU was obviously not how the Beavers of Oregon State wanted to start the 2010 season. The Corvallis faithful are ready to see their program arrive at the next level and begin legitimately competing for a Rose Bowl berth.
However, patience is still a virtue and Oregon State appears to be on the up-and-up. The loss of one of the most efficient passers in college football, with Sean Canfield departing for the NFL, certainly set back the program.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz has a lot of potential, however. He may be a vital piece of the near future for the Beavers and their program. James and Jacquizz Rodgers are building the future of the program with every game that goes by.
The progress of Oregon State Football is evident in the media, and at the stadium. Reser Stadium has undergone several construction projects, including a new jumbotron adjacent to the scoreboard on the visitor's side. A vertical extension of seats in the student section make the venue stand out in the night sky, and new practice facilities ensure players and fans of growing confidence.
As for 2010, this season may not be the year Oregon State makes a run at a BCS berth, but then again, it is difficult to rule out the possibility. The Beavs have a chance to add their names to the mix of teams capable of making it to the pinnacle of the Pac-10.
Even if Oregon State finishes second or third in the conference, the season will be a success.
Make no mistake: The Oregon State University football program will continue to grow, with a successful head coach (Mike Riley), several award candidates (Jacquizz Rodgers, James Rodgers, Stephen Paea) and the main stage (Pac-10). The only way this season is disappointing would be if the Beavs don't make it to a bowl game, snapping a strong streak established by Riley.