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By now we all know the Beavers have had one of the toughest schedules in the country, facing three AP Top 10 schools in their first six games (Arizona was No. 9 when OSU defeated them).
After finally beating one of those Top 10 teams (Arizona) in a thriller, Oregon State was riding high and undefeated in the Pac-10. Poised to follow in rival Oregon's footsteps, the Beavers stumbled against Washington, losing in double overtime on a failed two-point conversion.
OSU is once again out of the rankings, and with a loss to an unranked conference opponent, the frustration has mounted in Corvallis. Fans and officials are looking ahead to the Beavs' remaining schedule, which includes USC, No. 13 Stanford and AP No. 1 Oregon. If these losses continue to unranked teams, Oregon State may be out of luck this season.
A sophomore QB growing by leaps and bounds has been undercut by key mistakes in the critical moments, and a failing defense has not allowed any room for error.
Up next for Oregon State is unranked Cal, another frustrating team looking for redemption and a turning point toward success in their 2010 season. In fact, both teams may be entering this matchup looking to turn their season around and make a statement. Expect emotions to be running high this Saturday at Reser Stadium, with possible BCS implications in the fold.