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Kerry says ...

All of a sudden, Stanford is a player after back-to-back victories over UCLA and Arizona State. The Cardinal (4-4 overall, 2-4 Pac-10) remain a bowl contender and would be in great shape with a victory over Oregon State.

The Beavers, however, should win what will be the final home game for 12 senior starters, including receiver James Newson, linebacker Richard Seigler, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, kicker Kirk Yliniemi and punter Carl Tobey. A win would make OSU bowl-eligible going into road trips to Oregon and Southern Cal. If the Beavers, who lead the league in total defense and are second in total offense, don't beat Stanford, they don't deserve to go to a bowl game.

THE PICK: Beavers 27, Cardinal 14