Oregon State has gone through a strange opening month this season, one that's included a hurricane, a bye week and two ranked opponents.
The Beavers kept their focus and played through the starts and stops - well, not the hurricane - beating Wisconsin and UCLA to turn a national eye toward Corvallis.
For a program that's coming off two losing seasons and didn't have a whole lot of hype going into this one, the attention is a nice change.
''It's a sign of good things, actually,'' Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. ''It's just a matter of how you handle it. We've just got to keep the theme of this team going, which is just hard-working and getting ready to play.''
The 18th-ranked Beavers (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) better be ready again this weekend.
Up next is a trip to the desert to face Arizona, a team that has a hard-to-keep-up-with offense and something to prove after being run over by Oregon.
Like Oregon State, the Wildcats didn't have a whole lot of expectations heading into this ...