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Beavers Bumped Out Of Top 10

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Oregon St. slipped to #13 in this week's poll, but the Beavers are early 3 point favorites to get back on the winning  track against Arizona St.
Oregon St. slipped to #13 in this week's poll, but the Beavers are early 3 point favorites to get back on the winning track against Arizona St.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St. was one of five unbeaten teams to fall on Saturday, and all of them took a hit in the polls, shaking things up quite a lot on a weekend that also featured a couple of other upsets of ranked teams, including notably for Pac-12 fans Arizona's 39-36 upset of USC.

After it all shook out, the Beavers wound up at #13 in both the AP and Coaches Sports Information Directors Polls, and dropped to #11 in the BCS rankings.

However, the Beavers still opened as 3 point favorites against Arizona St., whom they will face next Saturday night at 7:30 PM, on Dad's Day Night. It was also announced this afternoon that the game will be on ESPN2. ESPN had selected the game last week, but not decided which of their channels it would be shown on.

Alabama remains the unanimous #1 everywhere, and Oregon is #2 in both polls. Kansas St. moved up to #3, after Florida fell to Georgia, and Notre Dame advanced to #4, after dispatching Oklahoma in Norman.

Both the Purple Wildcats and the Irish eclipsed Oregon in the BCS rankings, relegating the Ducks to #4 there.

Stanford moved ahead of USC, moving up to #15 in both polls, while the Trojans tumbled to #18 in the AP, and #17 in the SID poll.

Both Arizona and UCLA moved into the top 25, after the 'Cats pulled out their 39-36 win over the Trojans in Tucson, and the Bruins pulled out a wild 45-43 win over the Sun Devils in Tempe, on a field goal as time ran out.

Boise St. is the only other western team to be ranked, and the Bronco's win over Wyoming has them at #19 in the AP, and all the way up to #14 on the SID list.

Here's BTD's ballot on the top 25.

Don't think we are done with the shuffling either, as November has yet to begin, and there's a great number of head to head games and prime upset possibilities still to come.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com