October 10, 2008

Beavers ready for battle with the Cougs

Now that the pain from last week's difficult loss to No. 15 Utah has eased, the Beavers may have the perfect opponent to take out their frustration this weekend: Washington State.

No Pac-10 game is a certainty, but this is a game the Beavers should win easily. WSU is 1-5, with its only win coming against Portland State three weeks ago. The Cougars have been outscored in their three conference games 157-20. They are coming off a 28-3 loss to UCLA last week.

Despite all the signs pointing to an OSU victory, the Beavers aren't taking WSU lightly. In fact, they are treating it as another Pac-10 game. There's a lot at stake for them. A win on Saturday would even their record at 3-3 and put them at 2-1 in conference

"We'll treat this like any other game," OSU quarterback Lyle Moevao said at Tuesday's press conference. "Treat them like they're USC. Treat them like they're Penn State."

The key for the Beavers will be to strike early and often. If they can jump out to a big lead, they should be able to cruise through the game. If Moevao and other starters such as running back Jacquizz Rodgers are still playing mid-way through the third quarter, the Beavers aren't playing well enough.

This game provides the Beavers an excellent opportunity to get key players some rest and less experienced players some playing time, so they need to take advantage on Saturday. At the same time, they can't let the Cougars get off to a fast start. Confidence can do wonders for a team in a hurry.

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