The team that lost to Washington State just beat the pooh out of USC. Oregon State, which couldn't have been more in the dumps last weekend, made USC look like an FCS team in a 36-7 victory.
Go figure. The Pac-10, after Oregon and Stanford, is all over the place this season.
While USC lost QB Matt Barkley to an injury late in the first half, the story here was simple: Oregon State dominated. USC never made a move. Trojans backup Mitch Mustain never even suggested he could lead a comeback.
The Beavers outgained the Trojans 327-255. No USC offensive lineman could block Beavers defensive tackle Stephen Paea. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 127 yards and caught seven passes for 43 yards.
Suddenly, Oregon State is interesting. It needs to win one of its final two games to become bowl eligible. But those two games are against Stanford and Oregon. Both those teams are hunting for BCS bowls. Or even national titles.
Oregon State looked like an easy date last week after the debacle versus the Cougars. Now? Not so much.