The Beavers had a very strong non-conference schedule. This is the reason they're getting so much attention after a mediocre Pac-10 season:
Key Wins Include:
vs. Arizona State (12-4)
vs. Missouri (9-2)
vs. Texas A&M (6-5)
vs. Evansville (9-2) (6-2) (3-2)
The Beavers finished out the non-conference schedule 28-3.