The Oregon State football team has a frustrated fan base.
Expectations were high for a team that was one win away from the Rose Bowl the last two years, and had several returning players.
Powerhouse Southern California being ineligible for a bowl game this year added to hopes for a better bowl game than usual.
Instead, OSU may not reach a bowl game and could finish with a losing record for the first time since 2005.
Piling on is the fact that rival Oregon is undefeated, heavily favored in the Civil War and could play for the national title.
OSU coaches realize the situation, and are just as frustrated.
"They've obviously taken a step up from a year ago, and we haven't," coach Mike Riley said of the Ducks. "That's the bottom line. We've had great moments, moments that looked like we could use as a spring board and take off.
"But we couldn't keep that going. We've ended with a record in the middle of mediocrity.
"We'll have a few games that will haunt us as we go forward."
Riley isn't about to scrap everything now or in the offseason. The Beavers plan to give Saturday's game their best shot.
If they win, or lose, they expect to be back in the postseason next season.
"There are cycles of life," Riley said. "We didn't anticipate being 5-6 at this time, but we are.
"Starting now, hopefully in a bowl game, starting in the offseason we are going start to come back and do what we need to do and not be in the same situation a year from now."
The Beavers are taking all the attention the Ducks are getting in stride. They know ESPN "College Gameday" will be broadcast from Corvallis because of the Ducks and run a three-hour infomercial.
Oregon has been the big national story each week as it gets closer to the national title game.
"They deserve it, and they won their games," safety Lance Mitchell said. "They play (football) like us. When we win, I want that (attention) too."
Still, it's the in-state rivalry. And for those from the state, such as Astoria cornerback Jordan Poyer, he's not happy.
"It's tough hearing about them, tough hearing how good their season is going and how rough our season is going," Poyer said. "It's alright, I heard it.
"If we win , it will take so much weight off our shoulders. It will shut everybody up."
Drayton moves on
Graduate assistant Daniel Drayton has been hired by new Idaho State coach Mike Kramer to coach the defensive backs. He plans to leave Monday. If there's a bowl game he hopes to come back to help the Beavers.
Drayton was a 2008 graduate of OSU and played safety. He has been a graduate assistant helping out on defense the last two seasons and was a volunteer assistant for one season.
"I'm in the perfect situation," Drayton said. "You hear these coaches talk about how they rebuilt this program.
"That's the opportunity I have at Idaho State. They were 1-9 last year. We have some work to do."
Starting junior cornerback Brandon Hardin has been out of practice the last two days with a bruised calf, but expects to play Saturday.
"He's going to play in the game," Riley said. "We are letting him get healed up."
Tight end Joe Halahuni (concussion) ran but didn't practice. He's questionable.