Beavers leapfrog Ducks in CFP poll: Which bowls will they go to?

When’s the last time you remember the Oregon State Beavers being ranked ahead of the perennial Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon Ducks in a college football poll?

It happened Tuesday night following the Beavers’ 38-34 win over Oregon. The new College Football Playoff poll put OSU at No. 15 and Oregon at No. 16. That’s a jump of six spots for the Beavers and a drop of seven places for the Ducks.

It comes two days after the AP and Coaches polls had the Ducks at 15 and Beavs at 16.

But the CFP has more weight because it will determine which teams head to the national semifinals. And while neither Oregon school will be in that final four, their ranking in the CFP at season’s end will bear weight on which bowl they are invited to.

RELATED: Oregon State stuns Oregon 38-34; Ducks eliminated from Pac-12 title race

RELATED: Ducks, Beavers ranked back-to-back in new AP, coaches polls

Speaking of that: Which bowls do the college football experts expect will invite Oregon and Oregon State?

Just looking at two — USA Today and Sports Illustrated — it’s believed the Ducks will go to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 28. The Beavers will go to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 30, they predict.

But first thing’s first. The Pac-12 Championship Game between USC and Utah is Friday and the outcome of that will determine a lot.

Regardless of whether USC or Utah wins, there’s a very good chance more than one Pac-12 team makes it into a New Year’s Six bowl game. (The Peach and Fiesta bowls are this year’s national semifinals. The other NY6 games are the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Cotton.)

If USC wins, they likely will get into the College Football Playoff at 12-1. And the thought is the Washington Huskies would then go to the Rose Bowl at 10-2.

But a Utah win Friday would make them 11-2 and send them to the Rose Bowl. Even with that, USC would also be 11-2 and would be an attractive pick for one of the other major bowls.

We should know officially on Sunday


Oregon lawmakers lift security measure imposed on senator

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Senate panel has rescinded the security measure it imposed on state Sen. Brian Boquist after he made threatening statements during an acrimonious 2019 legislative session, in a case that centers on free speech.

Since July 2019, Boquist has been required to give 12 hours notice before coming to the Oregon State Capitol, in order to give the state police time to bolster their security.

Boquist maintained in a lawsuit that this measure violates his free speech rights as an elected official.

In a ruling last April, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

Boquist suggested Monday that the Senate Conduct Committee suspend the interim safety measure until federal courts rule on the matter.

$5 off Oregon State Parks 2023 parking permit all December long

The following is from Oregon State Parks:

SALEM, Oregon— Give the gift of the outdoors and save this season with the Oregon State Parks 12-month parking permit sale through December.

The permit hangtag once again features whimsical designs from Portland artist El Tran. Holiday shoppers can buy the annual parking permits for only $25, which is a $5 savings starting Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 31. The pass is good for 12 months starting in the month of purchase.

Purchasing passes is easy. Buy them online at the Oregon State Parks storeParking permits are also sold at some state park friends’ group stores and select local businesses throughout the state. For a complete list of vendors, visit

Parking costs $5 a day at 25 Oregon state parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. The 24-month pass is $50 and is also available at The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

RELATED: Christmas tree permits for Deschutes, Ochoco forests on sale 

▶️ 2 Oregon men indicted for unlawful taking of big game

Two Oregon men have been indicted on multiple charges related to the unlawful taking of big game animals.

Oregon State Police say troopers began their investigation in the summer of 2020 after learning that several people were committing the crimes.

After collecting evidence over the course of a year, a search warrant led to a Pendleton residence in December 2021. OSP said evidence seized in the search included six sets of deer antlers and three sets of elk antlers that included a 7×7 trophy bull elk. A rifle, a bow and meat were also seized.

Walker Erickson, 28, of Pendleton and Hunter Wagner, 23, of Pilot Rock have since been indicted on the following charges:

Walker Erickson

  • 3 Counts of Unlawful Take of a Cow Elk
  • 4 Counts of Unlawful Take of a Whitetail Buck
  • 2 Counts of Unlawful Take of a Mule Deer Buck
  • 4 Counts of Unlawful Take of Bull Elk
  • 3 Counts of Waste of Game
  • 1 Count of Unlawful Possession of Big Game
  • 1 Count of Hunting While Criminally Trespassing
  • 1 Count of Hunting on Another’s Cultivated or Enclosed Land
  • 1 Count of Hunting from a Motor Vehicle
  • 2 Counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence

Hunter Wagner

  • 7 Counts of Counseling, Aiding, or Assisting in Another’s Unlawful Take of a Big Game Animal


Oregon’s Turn In Poachers (TIP) program offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading toward a conclusion in the investigation of the illegal killing of wildlife and waste of big game.


  • 5 Points-Mountain Sheep
  • 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat
  • 5 Points-Moose
  • 5 Points-Wolf
  • 4 Points-Elk
  • 4 Points-Deer
  • 4 Points-Antelope
  • 4 Points-Bear
  • 4 Points-Cougar

 Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) Cash Rewards:

  • $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, and Moose
  • $500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope
  • $300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf
  • $300 Habitat Destruction
  • $200 – Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags
  • $200 – Unlawful Lending/Borrowing Big Game Tag(s)
  • $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl
  • $100 Game Birds or Furbearers
  • $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

Oregon Wildlife Coalition (OWC) Cash Rewards:


  • $500 Hawk, Falcon, Eagle, Owl, Osprey
  • All other protected avian species: see category below for listed species 


  • $500 Cougar, Bobcat, Beaver (public lands only), Black bears, Bighorn Sheep, Marten, Fisher, Sierra Nevada Red Fox

Species listed as “threatened” or “endangered” under state or federal Endangered Species Act (excludes fish) 

  • $1,000 (e.g. wolf, wolverine, kit fox, red tree vole, Canada lynx, sea otter, Columbian white-tailed deer, California brown pelican, western snowy plover, California least tern, northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, short-tailed albatross, streaked horned lark, yellow-billed cuckoo, leatherback sea turtle, olive ridley sea turtle, Oregon spotted frog, green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle).

Oregon takes one from Villanova at Phil Knight Invitational

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Quincy Guerrier made six 3-pointers and Willie Richardson scored five of his 19 points in the final 1:39 and Oregon beat Villanova 74-67 in the consolation round game of the Phil Knight Invitational.

Brendan Hausen’s 3-pointer with 2:27 left gave Villanova the lead, 67-64 but the Wildcats never scored again. Guerrier’s sixth 3 tied it, Richardson made a free throw and made consecutive shots to end it.

Ducks, Beavers ranked back-to-back in new AP, coaches polls

After Oregon State’s comeback win over Oregon Saturday, the Ducks understandably moved down in the two major college football polls while the Beavers moved up. The question was going to be whether OSU ended up above Oregon in the rankings given the head-to-head win and that both teams are 9-3.

Both the Associated Press and the AFCA coaches polls have the Ducks at No. 15 and the Beavers at No. 16 Sunday.

While common sense may say that OSU should be above Oregon after its 38-34 win Saturday, the Ducks have two wins against teams that are currently ranked in the top 20 (Utah and UCLA) while the Beavers have one (Oregon). Both teams also lost to Washington and OSU also lost to USC and Utah. The Ducks did not play the Trojans this season.

The College Football Playoff ranking comes out Tuesday and both teams should be ranked in similar positions, but both are out of contention to make the CFP.

Both teams are eliminated from the Pac-12 championship race, so they will wait until next week to learn where they will be bowling for the holidays.

RELATED: Oregon State stuns Oregon 38-34; Ducks eliminated from Pac-12 title race

Oregon’s Offensive Coordinator Dillingham headed to ASU

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State has hired Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, making the 32-year-old the youngest head football coach in a Power Five conference.

A Phoenix native, Dillingham returns to the school he graduated from 10 years ago in hopes of turning around a program that fired Herman Edwards in September after a 1-2 start.

Arizona State also is facing an NCAA investigation for alleged violations of recruiting rules committed under Edwards.

Dillingham began his coaching career at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, before being hired as an offensive analysis by then-Arizona State coach Todd Graham in 2014.

Oregon State stuns Oregon 38-34; Ducks eliminated from Pac-12 title race

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Isaiah Newell ran for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:11 remaining, and No. 21 Oregon State took advantage of critical mistakes in the fourth quarter by No. 9 Oregon to rally for a 38-34 victory.

Oregon State quarterback Ben Gulbranson (17) drops back to pass against Oregon during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov 26, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

The Beavers trailed 31-10 late in the third quarter and 34-17 early in the fourth, but the Ducks gave their rivals a short field on three consecutive possessions, leading to touchdowns.

Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin, right, is brought down by Oregon State defensive back Kitan Oladapo (28) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov 26, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

Oregon State ran for 268 yards and five touchdowns, overcoming its lack of a passing game.

Oregon wide receiver Chase Cota, left, and Oregon State defensive back Rejzohn Wright, right, land in the end zone as Cota scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov 26, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

The Ducks still had a chance to advance to the Pac-12 Championship Game, but they needed Washington State to defeat Washington in the Apple Cup. The Huskies prevailed 51-33. That allowed Utah into the title game against USC due to a three-way tiebreaker over the Ducks and Huskies.

The Beavers and Ducks, both 9-3, will now wait a week to learn which bowl games they will be invited to.

Central Oregon Daily News contributed to this report.

FAU fires Willie Taggart after 3 seasons, 15-18 record

Florida Atlantic fired Willie Taggart on Saturday, only hours after the end of a third consecutive five-win season and no bowl bid for the second time in that span.

Taggart was 15-18 in his three seasons with the Owls — 5-4 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, then 5-7 in each of the last two seasons.

His finale was Saturday, a 32-31 overtime loss at home to his alma mater Western Kentucky.

FAU is heading to the American Athletic Conference next season.

Local police say 2 other stabbings, Idaho killings unrelated

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Almost two weeks after four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death in their rooms, Moscow police and federal agents continue to follow leads, but on Friday they ruled out any connection to two other stabbings in the Pacific Northwest.

Police say they’ve received inquiries about a 1999 double stabbing in Pullman, Washington.

They’ve also were asked about the 2021 double stabbing in Salem, Oregon.

Police say the cases share similarities with the Idaho homicides, but they don’t appear related.

The four students were found dead Nov. 13 in a rental house near campus.

A county coroner says they were likely asleep when they were attacked.

No suspect has been identified.