Beavs selected to finish seventh

The 2005 Oregon State football team has been selected to finish seventh in the Pac-10 conference standings according to the annual media poll that was released Tuesday. The Beavers predicted seventh place finish is their lowest predicted finish since the 1999 media poll which selected them to place ninth.

The media poll has been farley accurate at picking where OSU will end up. In the past three years the poll has predicted the Beavers would place fourth twice and fifth once. In 2004 the team placed third, in 2003 they placed fifth and in 2002 they finished fourth. Despite the low predicted finish head coach Mike Riley remains optmisic.

"We are looking forward to a lot of good things at Oregon State this year," Riley told the media on Tuesday. "We are opening in at least half of a new stadium. It's a big, big deal."

When asked about his team the 52 year old coach mentioned Matt Moore and the need for him to have a good fall.

"In terms of our team, we have a transfer at quarterback and this is a major factor," Riley said. "We have a very productive receivers group, but we need to have a good fall with our quarterback."

Mike HassOn the defensive side Riley plugged the linebackers and the tradition of the one of the top defenses in the conference.

"We will continue to play good defense," said Riley who is in his fifth year at OSU. "We are linebacker U at Oregon State, with a lot of good athletes coming out of this position."

Senior wide receiver Mike Hass joined Riley in Los Angeles where he was asked about the undervalued Pac-10 defenses and if USC is beatable.

"No one is invincible, everyone is beatable," Hass said. "They lost players, just like everybody else. There are teams in the Conference that can knock them off and I wouldn't be surprised if it happens."

For the second consecutive year USC was a unanimous selection to win the conference crown. USC is the only team to receive every first place vote since the polls inception in 1978. The media poll has correctly selected the Pac-10 Champion in 22 of 44 previous polls, including the last five in a row.


2005

1.  USC (41) 410 pts.
2.  California 300 
3.  Arizona State 296 
4.  Oregon 290 
5.  UCLA 282 
6.  Washington State 189 
7.  Oregon State 159 
8.  Arizona 131 
9.  Stanford 106 
10. Washington 92 

2004
(Acutal champ: USC | Actual OSU finish: Tied for third)

1.  USC (24) 240 pts.
2.  California 210
3.  Oregon 192
4.  Oregon State 138
5.  Washington State 133
6.  Arizona State 131
7.  Washington 100
8.  UCLA 98
9.  Stanford 40
10. Arizona 38

2003
(Acutal champ: USC | Actual OSU finish: Tied for fifth)

1.  USC (10) 227 pts.
2.  Arizona State (9) 224
3.  Washington (4) 198
4.  Oregon State (2) 172
5.  Oregon 139
6.  UCLA 138
7.  Washington State 107
8.  California 68
9.  Stanford 57
10. Arizona 46
       

2002
(Acutal champ: WSU/USC | Actual OSU finish: Tied for fourth)

1.  Washington State (17) 302 pts.
2.  Washington (12) 296 
3.  Oregon (1) 272 
4.  USC (3) 243 
5.  Oregon State (1) 207
6. UCLA 178 7. Stanford 131 8. Arizona 107 9. Arizona State 87 10. California 47

2001
(Acutal champ: UO | Actual OSU finish: Seventh)

1.  Oregon (20) 310 pts.
2. Oregon State (3) 270 3. UCLA (10) 262 4. Washington 228 5. Stanford 191 6. USC 185 7. Arizona State 128 8. California 90 9. Arizona 81 10. Washington State 70

2000
(Acutal champ: OSU/UW/UO | Actual OSU finish: Tied for first)

1.  Washington (16) 275 pts.
2. USC (11) 272
3. Oregon (1) 211
4. UCLA 181
5. Arizona State (2) 167
6. Oregon State 163
7. Stanford 133
8. Arizona 127
9. California 63
10. Washington State 47

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