A new challenge for surging Beavs

IT ONLY TOOK two games for Oregon State to turn the college football world on its collective ear. The Beavs started from nowhere (literally) before surging to No. 18, 21 in the Associated Press, USAToday Coaches' polls this weekend. Don't forget, this is the same team picked to finish sixth -- as in dead last -- in the Pac-12 North by the West Coast media.

Imagine what might have happened if OSU had garnered enough attention to have been in the "Others Receiving Votes" category at the start of the season. Heck, imagine if OSU would have had one, just one, vote cast.

Notre Dame was one of those in the 2012 catbird seats (83 votes, No. 22 AP) and they proceeded to win each week. They're now No. 10 in the nation in the AP.

But no matter. OSU after the way they won at UCLA should now be able to enjoy some serious spotlight time in the coming days -- before a tough matchup with Arizona.

The Beavs' bye and game postponement meant until Saturday, Oregon State had played only once. They beat No. 13 Wisconsin and everyone applauded – that is until they began to insist Wisconsin was overrated. Oregon State then went on the road Saturday to face No. 19 UCLA, whom just about everyone insisted was for not only for real, they were an offensive juggernaut who can compete on the nation scene.

After Oregon State thoroughly outplayed the Bruins, there simply aren't any more objections.

Oregon State is an awfully good football team that very, very few people saw coming.

BUT IT WON'T get any easier. Oregon State has to again go on the road and take on Arizona this Saturday.

It seems strange to say after last night's UA-UO result, Arizona is a good team.

While the Ducks were clearly the better team against the Wildcats in Saturday's tilt, Arizona blew countless chances to at least make it interesting. And midway through the third quarter the score was still 13-0 Oregon -- still anyone's game.

From then on Oregon took off, Arizona imploded, and an improbable 49-0 final score was the result.

Arizona came into that game ranked No. 22. They had already blasted No. 18 Oklahoma State 59-38. Oregon State will have to play a very good football game to beat Arizona on the road.

But after what's happened these first two games, anyone want to bet against the Beavs? Didn't think so.

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