Preseason Poll Watch: Oregon State

THE RISK IS high, but the payoff could be huge. The non-conference slate will offer the Beavers a chance to rocket up the polls in short order. But it will be difficult. Oregon State will play two opponents expected to be highly ranked -- if the preseason polls are any indication -- and both games are on the road. Here's a look inside the preseason numbers..

The Beavers will open the season against TCU at Cowboys Stadium. TCU is ranked No. 6 in the nation by the Sporting News, and also comes in at sixth on ESPN's College Football Live Top 25. After a home game against Louisville, OSU travels to Boise State. The Broncos are ranked three slots higher than TCU, at No. 3, by both Sporting News and ESPN's College Football Live.

Estimates from around the web indicate the Beavs will start the preseason ranked in the two major college football polls, the AP and USAToday Coaches, probably somewhere around No. 20. Or, they could be just on the outside and looking in on the Top 25.

ESPN's preseason poll would appear a good indicator of where the Associated Press and Coaches' polls will place teams.

The Coaches' poll is released in early August while the AP poll is usually published a little later in the month.

If the Beavs are ranked in either poll it will be the first time since the 1957 and 1958 seasons that a team started out ranked in a top 25 poll in back to back seasons.

And if Oregon State pulls it off, if they beat two teams likely to be ranked in the AP and Coaches' polls Top 10, and they do so on the road, they'll shoot up those metrics like a rocket. And OSU fans will end the non-conference schedule talking about season possibilities bigger than the Pac-10 title.

Where does Oregon State stand in some of the preseason polls?

The Sporting News has the Beavs at No. 15.

ESPN's College Football Live pegged the Beavers at No. 20.

And Sports Illustrated put OSU at No. 17.

The preseason magazines, so far, don't agree. Athlon, Lindy's and Phil Steele all left the Beavs off of their Top 25 polls. (Athlon ranked Oregon State No. 27, while OSU didn't make Steele's Top 30).

Other polls from around the web that have the Beavs ranked include Jon Wilner of the Mercury News with OSU at No. 19, with Oregon State at No. 14 and with the Beavers at No. 17.

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