Mid-season report: Beavs in driver's seat

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CORVALLIS - The Beavers enter the season's second half tied at the top in the Pac-12 North. How has Oregon State done it through six games – and can they continue along the same upward glide path? BF.C takes a look at what we've learned about the Beavs and the Pac-12 at the midway point…

First, Oregon State has gone 5-1 primarily because of four things – an elite quarterback, a crazy-good receiver, an offensive line that has excelled in pass protection and a simple but key component – an ever-growing confidence. OSU is sitting pretty right now. Junior QB Sean Mannion ranks atop the Pac-12 and the nation in multiple categories, including passing yards and touchdowns thrown...