CORVALLIS, Ore. -- No. 14 Oregon State returns home to Reser Stadium for the first time in nearly a month this week.
For the first time this year, the Beavers are the favorites heading into the game, but they say there's no chance they overlook a team like Washington State.
"There is no room for that," says Sean Mannion. "I think our team has done a great job all week, staying focused on another tough opponent. In the Pac-12, every week is going to be a battle."
"We always talk about respecting every opponents by preparing," says Mike Riley. "The time you put in is the respect you show."
Oregon State has won eight of the last 12 meetings with WSU, but in 2010, the Cougars came to Corvallis and beat the Beavers 31-14.
"We remember when they came here two years ago and they put it on us pretty bad," says Jordan Poyer. "In this conference, you can't overlook any team because everybody is good."
This week's game also marks the first home game since school began at Oregon State. The Beavers are just one of four FBS teams that have played just one home game this season.
"I think it will be great," says Riley. "It's great to play at home. It's great to have the home crowd and all that stuff."
"You just see people wearing Beaver gear everywhere, you see people camping out for tickets, you just kind of feel it," says Mannion. "People are excited, as are we, so it will be a really fun experience to come back."