MONDAY NOTEBOOK: A busy week

RB RYAN MCCANTS

RYAN McCANTS WILL practice with the scout team this week in hopes of being ready to suit up for the USC skirmish on Oct. 24. LB Keaton Kristick is scheduled to have a MRI this week, but isn't expected to be missing any playing time. Plus more on the three starting lineup changes on defense..

INJURY UPDATE: LB Keaton Kristick (shoulder stinger) will receive an MRI this week, but isn't expected to miss any playing time. WR Darrell Catchings (ankle) is out until at least the USC game (Oct. 24).

OPPONENT LOOKAHEAD: Stanford improved to 4-1, including 3-0 in Pac-10 play, as they knocked off UCLA in Stanford Stadium 24-16. The Cardinal defense limited UCLA to 95 yards rushing while RB Toby Gerhart paced the offense with 134 yards and three touchdowns. Stanford opens as a 1.5 point favorite.

JUMBO: Last time the Beavers played Stanford, Gerhart ripped through the Beavers for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. The Cardinal are averaging 221.8 rushing yards per game, second in the conference, and feature a jumbo package that places seven, count 'em seven, offensive lineman on the field.

“We know Stanford will be very physical, very tough, with a great running game,” Riley said.

A LOOKBACK: Oregon State's week three opponent Cincinnati (5-0) continued to move up the polls after their 37-13 win over Miami Ohio on the road. The Bearcats currently sit at No. 8 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the coaches poll.

CHANGES TO STAY: There were three new faces in the starting lineup last weekend. Brandon Hardin replaced Tim Clark at cornerback, Cameron Collins replaced Suaesi Tuimaunei at safety and Brennan Olander replaced Latu Moala at defensive tackle.

While Hardin may or may not remain in the starting lineup, Collins and Olander look to be here to stay and Hardin certainly earned himself more playing time with his performance.

"It wasn't done to fire anyone up, it was just the right thing to do to handle the personnel," defensive coordinator Mark Banker said.

BACK FOR USC?: RB Ryan McCants (knee) will begin practicing with the scout team this week in hopes of being back for the USC game Oct. 24.

THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Despite giving up a season high 406 yards, defensive coordinator Mark Banker is pleased with the progress his defense made.

His unit recorded just one sack, but hit the quarterback time and time again and forced two turnovers. Plus, seven of ASU's points and 94 of its yards came on the final, meaningless drive.

“It’s a matter of consistency," Banker said. “This game, it felt like we got back on track a little bit."

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