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COMMENTARY: Should Beavs play Nicholls State?

CORVALLIS -- A "Nicholl" for your thoughts? Should Oregon State play Nicholls State? The makeup game is slated for Dec. 1 and it may well have bowl game implications for the Beavs. Whatever OSU decides, it could make the difference between an eight, nine or 10-win regular season. It could make the difference in which bowl game Oregon State plays in. Ultimately a win is a win, right?

Not precisely. It is hard to ignore the prospect that by playing and beating Nicholls State, an FCS school that is 1-8 on the season, it could effectively lower OSU's rank in the BCS polls – the last thing Mike Riley and Co. want to see. After all, whether you're talking about a BCS, Alamo or Holiday Bowl, the committees generally like to take the team rated highest in the BCS rankings (with...

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