Playing in the big green shadow of the Nike Ducks is probably tough, but the Beavers do what they can, make a little noise once in a while, keep going to bowls. But they just haven't been able to break through and make a run to the Pac-12 title.
Two years ago Oregon State started 6-0, then went 3-4 from there; last year OSU started 6-1, then went 1-5. And last season the Beavers got out-rushed by 100 yards per game. Oregon State will have to turn those two trends around if it wants to compete for a berth in the Pac-12 championship game.