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California and Oregon State face similar situations in advance of Saturday's meeting

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion looks down near the end of an NCAA  college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion looks down near the end of an NCAA college football game against Stanford, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)  (The Associated Press)

With their fan bases getting antsy and both needing two wins to even think about playing in a bowl game, California and Oregon State meet Saturday night in hopes of righting downward turns.

The Golden Bears (4-4, 2-4 Pac-12) limp into Corvallis with three straight losses. The Beavers (4-3, 1-3) are the first of four opponents left on Cal's schedule, followed by USC in Los Angeles and Stanford and BYU at home.

The Beavers are in a similar predicament.

Oregon State (4-3, 2-4) has lost its last two, including a 38-14 thumping at Stanford last weekend. The Beavers will have four left after the Golden Bears: Washington State, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon. Three of the last four are at Reser Stadium.