Football: Pac-10 ballot — No. 3

No. 3 Oregon State: I’m getting tired of the Beavers’ making me look bad. Every year I look at their talent level and what they have coming back and think there is no way they can finish in the upper half of the conference. And every year they are as competitive as ever. This year, it seems once again they have incurred heavy losses, especially on defense, but I’ve heard that before. No coach makes more with less than Mike Riley, and just because some Oregon State players weren’t regarded as top prospects when they entered the program doesn’t mean they can’t play. Just look at this spring’s NFL Draft. This year, with Jacquizz Rodgers and James Rodgers returning, along with two proven quarterbacks in Lyle Moevao and Sean Canfield, Oregon State has some proven commodoties. That’s a pretty good sign for a team that was in position to win the Pac-10 late in the season last year.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.