Oregon State Beavers: 2013 Season Could Boil Down to Two Games

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In taking a first glance at the 2013 Oregon State Beavers football schedule, there are two games that immediately jump off the page and could definitely play a huge role in determining where Mike Riley‘s team finishes in the Pac-12 Conference race.

The first of the two is a homecoming matchup against the Stanford Cardinal in Corvallis on Oct. 26. The Cardinal’s toughest test prior to this game comes the previous weekend against the UCLA Bruins at home and given that, it’s perfectly reasonable that both teams could be undefeated at the time of their get-together.

If so, the eyes of Pac-12 Conference fans and those with interest in the BCS race as well will be firmly fixed on the first of two games that could determine whether the Beavers have a legitimate shot at a Pac-12 Conference regular season championship with a win–or if they fall short by a few games as they did in 2012.

If the Beavers can manage a win against the Cardinal, things certainly don’t get much easier in the coming weeks as the USC Trojans, Arizona State Sun Devils and Washington Huskies await prior to the traditional “Civil War” battle with the Oregon Ducks in Eugene on Nov. 29, a game that could easily be for all the marbles in the Pac-12 regular season race.

Even if both teams enter this game with one loss, it’s certainly reasonable to presume they could be playing for the North Division crown and a place in the conference championship game a few weeks later. Regardless, this game will be a huge opportunity for the Beavers to prove they are making up ground on their in-state rivals who currently are one of the sexiest teams in the country for potential new recruits to consider.

The Pac-12 schedule will be full of challenges for the Oregon State Beavers, but no two games will be more anticipated than those with Stanford and Oregon.

There’s just so much at stake.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. You can follow Kris on TwitterGoogle Plus and Facebook

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