POLL WATCH: Is this Sunday the day?

IT IS A difficult thing to do -- to start out the year at 2-3, after having begun the season well off of most every national pundit's radar, and to have been unable to play a ranked team the past four weeks, and to then climb into the Top 25 in the Associated Press and/or the USA/Today Coaches poll. But for Oregon State, today just might be the day.

A slew of teams that were ranked between 16-25 lost this week --- and so did a few teams ahead of the Beavs in the "others receiving votes" category.

And the television coverage, (Oregon State for the first time ever will have every game this season televised), helps.

As for some of the teams who lost in the Top 25 this week, in either the AP or Coaches Poll, it's a lengthy list: (16) LSU (6-3, 3-3 SEC); (20) Georgia Tech (7-3, 4-3 ACC); (21) California (6-3, 4-2 Pac-10); (24) Northwestern (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten); (23) Maryland (6-3, 3-2 ACC); (25) West Virginia (6-3, 3-1 Big East).

Also ahead of the Beavs to begin the week in the "Others" category, Kansas, Minnesota and Cincinnati all lost.

Oregon State started the week at No. 31 in both AP and Coaches polls. The guess here is that they are ranked either No. 25 or No. 24 when the polls come out.

Still, it's certainly not out of the question that OSU will not move up far enough to crack the Top 25. They are 6-3, and their 5-1 record against the Pac-10 could be pointed to by naysayers as having come in a down year in the Conference of Champions.

But as anyone who has watched the Beavs this year knows, this is a Top 25 team.

Right here, right now.

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