Oregon State is the better football team, but that doesn't mean it will win Saturday in Eugene.

If this one were in Corvallis, the prognostication here would be the Beavers by a comfortable margin.

But it is difficult for the visitor to win in this series. And Oregon State isn't the same team on the road (1-2) that it is at home (6-1).

OSU's defense will make it tough on the Ducks, but Oregon will stack the middle and force OSU quarterback Derek Anderson to find open receivers. The Ducks also will do what they can to put pressure on Anderson, who struggled when Washington and Washington State were successful with the pass rush.

Turnovers and special teams will be critical, and when it is all over, the Beavers will bemoan the near-miss against their arch-rivals clad in lemon and lime.

THE PICK: Ducks 19, Beavers 17