Beavs ranked in Top 25 in both polls

RANKED IN THE TOP 25 on Sunday, Oregon State is making their first appearance in either the Associated Press or USA/Today Coaches poll this season. The Beavs have won six out of their last seven games and four in a row and with three regular season games to go, the Beavs hold their Rose Bowl fate in their own hands. Win out, and it's on to Pasadena for the Granddaddy of Them All.

The Beavs checked in at No. 23 in the AP poll on Sunday morning, and at the No. 25 spot in the Coaches poll.

Oregon State (6-3, 5-1 Pac-10) this past Sunday was at No. 31 in the "others receiving votes" category in both polls.

OSU opened the season 2-3 but one of those wins was over USC and they've won their last four straight and six of the past seven to sit atop the Pac-10 standings with USC, each with one conference loss.

Cal and Oregon were just outside of the Coaches poll Top 25 on Sunday, settling in at Nos. 26 and 27. Cal was also at No. 26 in the AP poll, while Oregon in the Writer's poll was at No. 31. Arizona is at Nos. 30 and 38 in the Coaches and AP polls, respectively.

Oregon State hosts Cal on Saturday in the first of three final regular season games to determine their postseason fate. If OSU should win out, they will go to the Rose Bowl. It is, however, a difficult slate.

After Cal, who took USC down to the wire before giving up a late touchdown to lose 17-3 on Saturday, the Beavers' final two regular season games are against Arizona in Tucson and the Civil War against Oregon, this year held in Corvallis. The three hold a combined record of 19-9 and occupy spots 3-5 in the Pac-10 standings below Oregon State.

Oregon State holds the tiebreaker edge over USC for the conference championship and Rose Bowl berth as a result of their win over the Trojans earlier this year.

A number of teams slotted in front of the Beavers this past week also lost, helping to pave OSU's way into the Top 25. Included among them were: (16) LSU, (20) Georgia Tech; (21) California; (24) Northwestern; (23) Maryland; (25) West Virginia. Also ahead of the Beavs to begin the week in the "Others" category, Kansas, Minnesota and Cincinnati were on the losing end. Of that group, only LSU remained in the Top 25, falling three spots to No. 19.

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