Oregon State drawing Coliseum crowd

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Oregon State has become a big show.

In 2007, 85,713 fans showed up in the Coliseum to see the Beavers take on USC.

That was the biggest crowd to witness a USC-Oregon State game.

That record, however, should be broken this weekend: A sold-out house of 93,607 is expected.

That's a testimony to Oregon State's growth as a program. Recall that from 1968 to 1999, the Beavers never beat USC.

They've beaten USC three times since then, and they are the only Pac-10 team to beat Pete Carroll twice since 2002. [Editor's note: Oregon beat the Trojans in 2001 -- Carroll's first season -- and 2007].

Of course, there is a bit of an issue at the Coliseum. Oregon State hasn't won there since 1960.

It's likely many USC fans are expecting that streak to continue for the Trojans, who are seeking revenge for last year's 27-21 loss in Corvallis.

That said: Oregon State has already broken a long losing streak this season, winning its first game at Arizona State since 1969.