If you're wondering what happened to Oregon State football, you can blame Stanford, at least circumstantially. The Beavers were 9-4 in 2012 and opened the 2013 season 6-1 with eye-popping wins of 44-17, 52-24, and 49-17, but they rode that high down the coast to Palo Alto and lost to the sixth-ranked Cardinal, 20-12. They had won 15 of 20 games prior to that loss, but that would be the first of five straight defeats to close out the regular season. Since that day the Beavers have been the worst team in the Pac-12 with an overall record of 10-28. (Colorado is 14-26; Cal is 17-22.) Yes, blame Stanford.
But even though Oregon State is 2-6 this season and tied with Oregon in the cellar of the Pac-12 North, there are signs of hope. There was a 47-44 overtime win over Cal that featuring 221 yards and three touchdowns from running back Ryan Nall, and last week's narrow loss to Washington State in which the Cougars had to crawl out of a 24-6 deficit to salvage the win.