There are about 700 tickets left for Oregon State’s football game with Washington on Saturday in the 45,674-seat Reser Stadium.
The Beavers average a crowd of 41,739 through the first five home games, and that number will go up after this game.
Only DT Brennan Olander (back) remains out of practice of the active players who are injured. He claims he’ll be ready.
CB Brandon Hardin (finger), WR Damola Adeniji (thigh) and S Anthony Watkins (shoulder) went full speed in practice.
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(AP) — The Pac-10 is ranked first in four of the six computers used by the Bowl Championship Series. It ranks third, behind the Southeastern Conference and Big East, in the other two computers.
This is a nice boost for the conference’s pride, but it may not mean much when BCS pairings are announced on Dec. 6.
The Pac-10 is hoping to land an at-large berth, worth $4.5 million to the conference. If it doesn’t, look for renewed debate about whether the conference should drop its round-robin format and go to an eight-game conference schedule.
That would allow teams to add a fourth nonconference game, and most would likely schedule an easy victory at home. Goodbye, USC. Hello, UAB.
The way some coaches see it, the round-robin format guarantees Pac-10 members a total of five extra losses, and they worry that those losses diminish the conference’s bowl prospects.
“The fact of the matter is, you’re adding five losses to the conference that other conferences avoid,” said UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, whose Bruins played at Tennessee and against Kansas State this season and won. “You can look at the nonconference schedules in the Big Ten and the SEC, and you can realize that they aren’t asking very much of those teams on a weekly basis. That’s not the case in the Pac-10.”
Of course, if the Pac-10 didn’t play such demanding schedules, it might not rank so high in the BCS computers.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley likes the idea of settling the conference title on the field.
“I think it’s fair,” Riley said. “I think we come up with the right way to decide the conference championship. At the same time, it hurts us. We beat each other up.”