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Derek Anderson is learning on the run.

The five interceptions at Washington make you forget the perfect 60-yard bomb to James Newson that went 50 yards in the air. Or the timeout he wisely called with the play clock running down, allowing Kirk Yliniemi to kick a field goal near the end of the first half.

If Anderson can't play against Stanford, Adam Rothenfluh will get his chance Ñ that is, if his sprained thumb allows it. Or freshman Anton Clarkson goes in as raw as uncooked beef. Then we'd see how good the improved offensive line, Steven Jackson and the defense really are.

OSU is 0-7 in Pac-10 road games the past two seasons. Next to Arizona, Stanford is the worst team in the Pac-10. Bottom line: With Howdy Doody at quarterback, the Beavers have to win this game.

The pick: OSU wins 24-10.