Oregon St-Arizona Preview Capsule

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Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion gets set to pass during the second half of their NCAA college football game against UCLA, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif. Oregon State won 27-20. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

No. 18 Oregon State (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at Arizona (3-1, 0-1), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Line: Arizona by 3.

Series Record: Arizona leads 21-13-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Oregon State has managed its uneven schedule superbly, beating ranked teams Wisconsin and UCLA despite playing every other week due to a postponed game and a bye week. The Beavers get another big test heading to the desert to face the up-tempo Wildcats, who are trying to bounce back from a 49-0 loss to No. 2 Oregon last week.

KEY MATCHUP

Arizona's defense against Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. The Beavers' sophomore is having a strong season, averaging a Pac-12-best 327.5 yards passing a game after throwing for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 27-20 win over then-No. 10 UCLA. The Wildcats played well defensively early against Oregon last week before wilting.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon State: WR Brandin Cooks. A threat to break a big play off on every touch, Cooks is third in the nation in receiving yards, averaging 127.7 yards per game. He had six catches for 175 yards and a TD against the Bruins.

Arizona: QB Matt Scott. One of the nation's leaders in total offense the first three games, the fifth-year senior had his first taste of adversity last week against Oregon. Out of synch most of the game, he had one of his two interceptions returned for a touchdowns and threw for a season-low 210 yards on 22-of-44 passing against Oregon. Expect a bounce-back.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oregon State hasn't opened a season 3-0 since 2003. ... Arizona was 0-for-6 in the red zone against Oregon last week after converting 16 of 20 inside the opponents' 20-yard line the first three games. ... The Beavers have a chance to match their win total from the entire 2011 season. ... Oregon State beat Arizona 37-27 in Corvallis last season. ... Arizona is playing its third ranked team in four weeks, a stretch that will likely go to four ranked teams in five weeks with No. 8 Stanford up next.