Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Beavers looking for second wind After a stellar start to the season the Oregon State Beavers have hit their first real rough patch. The Beavs are a disappointing 0-3 to start conference play, will all three losses coming at home. But OSU has plenty of big games down the stretch, and the team’s just beginning to hit the meat of its Pac-12 play. Here’s a rundown of four big games remaining on the Oregon State schedule. OSU at UCLA (January 17, 2013) After dropping each of their first three games in Pac-12 play, the Beavers next showdown will be a big one. Oregon State will take a trip down south to take on No. 24 UCLA, who are currently on top of the conference. If OSU is hoping to make a big statement, this could be the way to do it. Both teams feature similar schemes, focusing on up-tempo offense over shutdown defense. If Craig Robinson can get his team to outpace the Bruins it’ll be a good day. Washington vs. OSU (January 23, 2013) After losing top players to the NBA draft, the Huskies weren’t supposed to be overly competitive this season. But as it stands they’re 3-0 in the Pac-12, ranking third in the conference. Coach Robinson should be fired up about his team’s big opportunities in Pac-12 play. (Don Ryan / AP) This certainly looks like a trap game, with the inexperienced Dawgs storming their way into Gill Coliseum. The Beavs haven’t played UW very well over the last few seasons, and they could use a big win here. A home victory could certainly give OSU some confidence heading into the second half of the season. Colorado vs. OSU (February 10, 2013) Colorado has stumbled more this season than expected, but given the opportunity it can steal away the conference. Upsetting them could be a huge boon to the Beaver’s tournament bid. The Beavers stole a win from the Buffs late last season at Gill, and it would be an equally big win for them to do so again on the road. CU has had issues on defense all season, making them the perfect victim for OSU’s high scoring attack. OSU at Oregon (February 28, 2013) At 14-2—and 3-0 in conference—No. 21 Oregon has been a huge surprise this season. The Ducks have already taken one from the Beavers this season in a 79-66 loss at Gill. But it was the same story last season, with both teams losing the Civil War games on their home court. So there’s still hope for Oregon State. Scheduled as one of its last games on the season, OSU could use a huge upset against rival Oregon. If the Beavers can realign themselves to make the NCAA tournament, a win at Matthew Knight Arena could be the clincher for a spot in March. Plus it’s the Civil War game, so it’s bound to be exciting and big. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE BEAVERS CLUBHOUSE PAGE AT NWSPORTSBEAT!

Yankees wanted Rollins but Phillies' price was too high

Pop misses game for medical reasons; Messina takes over

John Beilein upset with ESPN for late start time to game

Tyson Chandler felt like Knicks' scapegoat at times

Fred Jackson has 'no respect' for Donte Whitner

Devon Still responds to unpaid child support allegations


Diamondbacks sign Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas

Josh Gordon felt alienated by some in Browns organization

Jerry Jones: I'm a big admirer of Robert Griffin III

Raiola fined for uneccesarily striking Pats' Zach Moore

Report: Michigan keeping Jim Hackett on as athletic director

LeBron James on Ferguson: 'Violence is not the answer'

Steelers turned down chance to be called 'America's Team'

Report: Small chance Raiders-Rams could be moved to Indy

Todd Gurley begins rehab after surgery on knee for torn ACL

Brodeur to practice with Blues

OSU player posts Michigan player's girlfriend as his 'WCW'

Jim Harbaugh's family may not eat turkey thanks to NBC

Ole Miss' The Grove threatened by Mississippi State fan

Is it time for the Redskins to move on from Robert Griffin III?

Top 10 fantasy football turkeys for 2014

WATCH: Coyotes lose in ugly fashion, score own goal in OT

Warriors are having tons of fun on team plane

Jenn Sterger hints she'll be back in her FSU cowgirl gear for game

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Steelers could have been America's Team

John Beilein upset with ESPN

Should Washington move on from RG3?

Dominic Raiola fined for cheap shots

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Rose leaves with injury again

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

10 most one-sided college football rivalries

Pierce: C's Big Three like 'Holy Trinity'

Maclin unhappy with Cooper comments

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.