On the road against No. 9 Arizona, the Beavs were a more physical, quicker football team. And it was apparent from the very first snap – they never trailed in the game.
Ryan Katz looked like a seasoned pro, rather than a first year starter. The Beaver D gave up yards aplenty, but few points. The receiver corps overcame the first half injury James Rodgers, elevating their play in his absence.
None of those things happened against the UW. Playing the Huskies, OSU came out flat, got outhustled and dug themselves a 21-0 hole.
Welcome to the world of the letdown.
No matter how hard they practice in the week leading up to the game, no matter who much they say all the right things during the week, the unvarnished truth is that in college football, after a big emotional win, the big letdown so often follows.
Just about every team, don't care who they are, has at least one of those types of games during the college football season – they're just not clicking, they're just not in sync, they're just not getting it done.
Sometimes a team can overcome it, and still win. Other times, like Oregon State on Saturday in Seattle, they lose.
The good news is that there's usually only one of those letdown type of games in a season. And better news for Oregon State -- they traditionally have come back strong following a bye under Mike Riley.
THE BEAVS FACE the Pac-10's two most schizophrenic teams next – Cal and UCLA.
Depending on which Golden Bears and Bruins teams show up, it could be a close game going either way, or it could be a much-needed double digit victory for the Beavs. After that, Washington State is improving but they still have a ways to go before they emerge from the deep, dark hole they've occupied the last two seasons.
Pessimists will say OSU could be 1-2 in those games, but it's not hard at all to see Oregon State winning all three either, and comfortably so.
Oregon State (3-3, 2-1) still pretty much controls their own destiny in the Pac-10 race at this point. And a 3-0 blitz coming out of the bye week would make things real interesting. But it all starts with a win over Cal. And the guess from this chair is that Oregon State is loaded for bear and starts out fast one week from this Saturday.