On the Beavers
Southern Cal hasn't had a convincing win against a Pac-10 foe this season. The Trojans are well aware the consensus opinion is that they aren't as strong as in past seasons, and they'll want a resounding victory to silence the critics.
The bye week gives SC time to heal injuries and prepare.
If Yvenson Bernard's ankle injury keeps him out of the game, Oregon State's chances for an upset go down considerably.
I still think the Beavers' emerging defense gives them a chance. They need a consistent performance from the offense and an error-free game, but even that might not be enough.
The pick: SC 24, Oregon State 16