I got into Corvallis Friday afternoon and got a tour of the renovated stadium -- or actually the renovated half of the stadium. They're doing the renovation in stages -- as perhaps UW will one day have to do -- and the finished side is very impressive. Not as nice as Stanford last week, but really impressive. (I'll have more on that in the paper next week.)
As for the weather, Friday wasn't as rainy as expected. The sun even popped through for a while. And, despite forecasts of 100 percent chance of rain Saturday, the day has dawned absolutely beautiful, sunny and only the smallest whispy clouds. At least for now.
WASHINGTON (3-6 OVERALL, 1-5 PAC-10)
AT OREGON STATE (5-4, 3-3)
Kickoff: 7:25 p.m., Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.
Television: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.
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The series: Washington leads, 57-30-4, including 25 of the last 30 meetings. However, the road team has won four straight. Oregon State won the last three meetings, all at Husky Stadium. In 2003, the last time the teams played in Corvallis, the Huskies won, 38-17.
What to watch: The fast-starting Beavers have outscored their opponents 92-9 in the first quarter this season. ... Washington has the No. 2 rushing offense in the Pacific-10 Conference, while Oregon State has the No. 2 rushing defense in the nation. ... The Beavers' backfield is a question mark with sophomore QB Lyle Moevao making his first start and tailback Yvenson Bernard returning from a shoulder injury. ... OS kicker Alexis Serna is 13-for-13 in his career on field goals against the Huskies.
What's at stake: A loss eliminates the Huskies from bowl consideration. The Beavers become bowl eligible with a victory. Washington would like to end a three-game losing streak to its Northwest rival. Twenty-two OSU seniors want to leave Reser Stadium with a Senior Day victory. The school expects to break its home single-game attendance record of 44,015.