Oregon vs. Oregon State: Complete Game Preview

Nathan LoweryCorrespondent INovember 22, 2012

Oregon vs. Oregon State: Complete Game Preview

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    Not since 2009 has the annual Civil War carried this much meaning.

    There's the opportunity for another berth in the Pac-12 title game (for Oregon), BCS bowl implications and, how can you forget, the fact that the lush state of Oregon is on the line.

    Oregon State has a shot to pick up where Stanford left off.

    They can continue to taint Oregon's season by putting another notch in their loss column. The Ducks have the opportunity to prove that the Beavers are an overrated team and do not deserve the No. 15 ranking that they hold entering Week 13.

    Isn't rivalry week great?

Game Day Information

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    Who: No. 5 Oregon Ducks vs No. 15 Oregon State Beavers

    Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR

    When: Saturday Nov. 24 at 3 PM ET

    Watch: Pac- 12 Network (Sorry fellow DirecTV users)

     

What the Game Means to Both Teams

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    The Civil War is always an intense time of the year for football fans in the state of Oregon.

    The lack of professional football teams means the state is divided by which college you root for, the Ducks or Beavers.

    There is a reason why they call it the Civil War, after all.

    Oregon has won the past three contests and hope to keep their win streak alive come Saturday afternoon. The Beavers hope to prove that they too can be a competitive team in the rivalry.

    Oregon's Pac-12 title streak is in danger of coming to an end after their loss to Stanford.

    In order to return to the Pac-12 title game, the Ducks will have to beat Oregon Sate and hope that Stanford falls to UCLA.

    If the Beavers can find a way to beat Oregon, they have an outside chance at playing in a BCS bowl.

    No stress at all for either team to perform.

Storylines to Watch

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    A Tale of Two Quarterbacks: Which quarterback will we see from the Beavers? The Sean Mannion that got the Beavers off to a hot start, or the Sean Mannion that threw four interceptions in a single game? Heck, we could even see back-up Cody Vaz, who's thrown eight touchdowns to one interception this entire season.

    The Civil War: Have I beaten this horse to death yet?

    Kenjon's Woes: After rushing for a school-record 321 yards against USC, Barner has stumbled the past two weeks, combining for an abysmal 131 yards against Cal and Stanford. The jury is still out on whether or not he can return to form against the Beavers.

    New York Bound?: Collin Klein's downright awful performance in Kansas State's loss to Baylor removed him from serious Heisman contention, narrowing the race to Mati Te'o and Johnny Manziel. Marcus Mariota and Barner still have a shot at moving up the ladder and earning a ticket to the Heisman ceremony in New York if they can put together a big performance against Oregon State.

Key Player for Oregon- Hroniss Grasu

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    Stanford did the unthinkable; they actually found a way to stop the potent Chip Kelly offense, leading Oregon to their first loss on the season.

    At home.

    On senior night.

    Ouch.

    It is on Hroniss Grasu to step up and lead the Duck's young offensive line. Giving Barner and Mariota room to work will allow Oregon's offense score points quickly.

Key Player for Oregon State- Storm Woods

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    A strong running game is going to be a huge factor in Oregon State's ability to beat the Ducks.

    Storm Woods has been inconsistent this season. He will need to continue to show that he can be successful after a 100-yard performance against the Cardinal.

    Woods is going to have his hands full considering Oregon has only allowed a running back to eclipse the century mark twice this season (USC and Stanford).

Oregon Will Win If....

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    ...they can put pressure on Sean Mannion.

    Oregon was unable to beat Stanford because they were unable to force Kevin Hogan to make bad decisions.

    If they can put enough pressure on Mannion, sacking him or forcing him to make a bad throw leading to a turnover, then Oregon will be able to extend their Civil War streak to four games.

Oregon State Will Win If...

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    ...they can keep Oregon from making big plays.

    Stanford was able to keep the Ducks offense at bay by not allowing Kenjon Barner or De'Anthony Thomas the chance to make big plays in space.

    If Mike Reilly can find a way to do the same exact thing, then Oregon State might see its first 10-win season since 2006.

Prediction

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    Oregon- 36, Oregon State- 29

    The Ducks will win another hard-fought game to maintain a shot at a BCS bowl, pushing their three-game Civil War win streak to four. Chip Kelly's undefeated record against his in-state rival will remain intact.