OSU Faces Bowl No-go
As Four Pac 10ers Rest
By Fred Delkin
This is 'do or die' for Oregon State Saturday when they host a penalized but still potent
Southern Cal. Upsets were the order of the day this past week as 'til now woeful Washington
State bashed the Beavers in Corvallis, USC edged Arizona and both Oregon and Stanford barely
escaped losses to underdogs Cal and Arizona State. This week, only three Pac10 clashes are
scheduled as Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona and Washington State have byes.
SOUTHERN CAL at OREGON STATE Lose this, and the Beavers' season is a confirmed, no
bowl bid failure. Mike Riley & staff won't have any trouble getting their charges up for the
game, but SC coach Lane Kiffin will certainly remind his Trojans that they've lost in their last
two trips to Corvallis. This will come down to quarterback play, and we believe SC's Matt
Barkley exceeds Bevo Ryan Katz in talent. If OSU defensive line play rebounds to reach past
levels, this will be close, but SC should earn the cigar. SOUTHERN CAL by 3.
STANFORD at CAL the Golden Bears' defense gave Oregon almost all the Ducks' high octane
offense could handle, but we doubt that Cal can rise above the Cardinal in this traditional clash.
Oddsmakers are always stumped by this one...we'll say STANFORD BY 1.
UCLA at WASHINGTON this is a Thursday night event and an opportunity for the Husky fans
to celebrate a humiliation of Bruin coach Rick Neuheisel, whose NCAA violations wrecked the
UW program when he mentored the Dawgs. Husky QB Jake Locker returns from an injury-
induced rest last week to lead a fired-up group. Ricky will wish he'd never taken his charges to
Seattle. WASHINGTON by 21.
PORTLAND STATE at NORTHERN ARIZONA the PSU Vikings have played like
sleepwalkers in their recent outings, both home and away. We doubt they'll awaken enough to
win in the Arizona mountains. Viking coach Nigel Burton will be happy to see this sorry season
end. NORTHERN ARIZONA by 7.
ROSES & RASPBERRIES blooms are deserved for the schedule makers who drew up an ideal
2010 grid slate for Oregon, bringing prime contenders to the Autzen noise cauldron and
interspersing the toughest foes with bye week rests for the Ducks...a big boo for the injury woes
that bedevil the Portland Trailblazers...posies have been earned by Washington State's
miraculous resurgence this past week, but we still believe the Cougars are a head coach away
from any consistent success.
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