The No. 18 Oregon State Beavers finally get to enjoy the 2012 season as a ranked team, as they hit the road to take on the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday.
The Beavers' first game against Nicholls State was postponed. They went on to upset then-No. 13 Wisconsin and then-No. 19 UCLA to vault into the rankings at No. 18 this week. They'll be facing a Wildcat team quite eager to wash the terrible Pac-12 opening taste out of their mouth. Arizona's potent offense was pushed to the side as the team was absolutely steamrolled against Oregon in a 49-0 loss in Week 4.
It'll be a matchup of two of the better quarterbacks not named Matt Barkley in the Pac-12. The Beavers average 327.5 passing yards per game, good for 12th best in the nation. The Wildcats are one step higher, 11th in the nation with 329 yards per game.
Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion suffered a minor shoulder injury in the victory over UCLA. He didn't practice on Monday but will be ready to go on Saturday.
It will be a stiff test for the Wildcats who are looking to get back on track in the Pac-12. Oregon State's rush defense is second-best in the nation at just 53.5 yards per game. They held UCLA's Johnathan Franklin, the top Pac-12 rusher, to just 45 yards last week.
If the Beavers win, it will be the first time Oregon State has started 3-0 in the last 10 seasons.
Game time/day: 7 p.m. PT, Saturday, Sept. 29.
Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson.
TV: Pac-12 Network.
Odds: Arizona opened the game favored by 3 points.