Talking Points: Putting the 0 in OSU

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Oregon State is 0-3 and most likely will be spending the holidays at home. The Beavers take their next whipping on Saturday in the desert against Arizona State. So, there’s 0-4.

After that, OSU is at home for Arizona and BYU, then in Seattle for Washington State. The Beavers better notch some wins in October because in November their schedule is nasty with Stanford, California, Washington, and Oregon.

The Beavers clearly are worse than their worst preseason fears.

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While on the Pac-12 topic, it appears coach Lane Kiffin has a ways to go to return USC to juggernaut status. Kiffin called handoffs on third-and-long situations in the first half against Arizona State.

Wrote the L.A. Daily News, “It was hardly a game plan that showed confidence in a third-year starter at quarterback (Matt Barkley) who is a supposed Heisman Trophy candidate.”

Former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie, now an ESPN analyst, said the sideline bravado found at Southern Cal in the Pete Carroll days is gone, too.

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Look for more Major League Baseball teams to make the postseason, possibly starting next year.

The New York Post reports Major League Baseball and the players’ union have all but agreed to add an additional wild card team in each league. Under the plan, the two wild-card teams in each league would square off in a one-game playoff to determine which team advances.

Commissioner Bud Selig supports adding more wild-card teams.

One source tells the newspaper the change is “a done deal” while another hedges a bit and says nothing is final until the complete CBA is hammered out.

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