Just found this: http://www.aarontorres-sports.com/?p=892
Basically points to the easy schedule early, and the fact that it's going to give the Beavers time to get their new guys some experience. Ends asking the question, Why not OSU? Do think he underestimates the schedule.
College football’s version of why comes from Corvallis, Oregon: Why do we continue to doubt Mike Riley’s Oregon State Beavers?
Did you know that over the past three seasons, they’ve won 28 games, second most behind Pete Carroll’s maroon and gold juggernaut at USC? For those of you scoring at home, that’s over 9+ wins a season, each of the last three seasons, in the Pac-10 where “traditional,” powers Cal, Oregon and Arizona State can’t replicate the same success.
So while Oregon State comes into 2009 with some questions, can we please stop doubting them?