Confidence continues to build within the Oregon State football team.

Three straight wins, two near complete games, and contending for the Rose Bowl can do that for you.

Two more regular-season games remain for the Beavers to help make their case for at least a share of the Pacific-10 Conference title.

Next up are two road showdowns, starting with Washington State at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Beavers are 31-point favorites against the Pac-10's last-place team.

Then it's on to the Dec. 3 Civil War for what may be for a Rose Bowl berth for the winner.

"We've played strong on the road this year," receiver Damola Adeniji said. "I don't think anyone is worried about the road situation. Washington State, we'll go up there in the cold and get a win. And then come back down for Oregon. And that's always a big game."

Linebacker Keaton Kristick says the confidence in the team starts in practice. The coaches are consistent in how and what they teach the players.

Even when things didn't go right early the Beavers didn't make drastic changes to their approach. Now they are practicing fast because they know what to do and when to do it on each play.

"These last two games mean a lot to us," Kristick said. "We have to go out and practice harder than we've practiced.

"We don't know where the season is going to take us. Hopefully, it's somewhere in the right away. We are excited for two more games and a bowl game. It's all good."

Coach Mike Riley's typical approach to each week draws on the Beavers vs. the world mentality. He has them block out the bad times and try to make each game an important step.

This week's game with the Cougars is another one, but it's different since the good times have been rolling.

The Beavers are playing at a high level, are highly favored and should win big because Washington State is by far the worst team in the Pac-10 in nearly every statistically category.

"We are going to approach it like every game," Riley said. "We've talked with the team about it. The preparation, knowledge and respect for the other team are what are important. It's not about them. It's about us."

Riley's goal is keep his players from looking past the Cougars. If they do and lose, the postseason game won't be as glamorous as they would like.

Washington State has been decimated by injuries. There have not been two straight games where the same starting lineup was used.

"Now it comes down to what you are going to do in the game plan," Riley said. "What we have to do is in. It's what we chose to use and get good at it."

The Cougars are young, but the players are learning. At some point they will play quality games.

The Beavers just hope that doesn't start this week. To counteract that they can't let up. They start games fast, and now they are finishing strong, too.

"We work hard throughout the week and the coaches get us mentally prepared," tight end Joe Halahuni said. "We are just confident right now. The coaches are making the right calls and we are executing properly. We are having fun."

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