The Civil War could determine the Pac-12 North title, but that won't be decided until after this game is over. Regardless, Oregon and Oregon State always play all-out in their matchup, making this one of the best rivalry games in football.
The Ducks have a BCS bowl game to fight for while the Beavers need a win to stay in front of Washington and earn the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12. Oregon State also has to be struggling with the manner in which they lost to Stanford, as they could be in contention for the Rose Bowl...or better.
There will be blood on the turf at Reser Stadium before this one is over.
Following is the pertinent information for this battle.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Live Stream: Pac-12 Video
Radio: Free Football Radio; 1580 KGAL, Eugene; 750 KXTG Portland; 1340 KLOO Corvalis
Betting Line (via 5Dimes)
Over/Under: 64.5; Spread: Oregon, -9
Likely in part to the nature of this rivalry, and in part because of the loss to Stanford, the line on this game comes in well below expectations. This looked to be at least a 15-point margin a week ago.
It is difficult to project a win for Oregon State, as Oregon has plenty of reasons to bounce back in this game. But the Beavers have a stout defense that can come close to matching Stanford's.
The moneyline on this game is -325 for Oregon State. Those odds are difficult to pass up on a game that the Beavers have a good shot at winning.
Injury Report (via USA Today as of Monday, Oct. 19)
Wade Keliikipi, DT Questionable (Undisclosed)
Keloni Kamalani, LB, Out (arm)
Avery Patterson, CB, Out for Season (Knee)
Cody Vaz, QB, Questionable (Ankle)
Grant Enger, G, Questionable (Ankle)
Josh Williams, LB, Out (Suspension)
Both of these teams are ranked and fighting for bowl position. The Beavers will likely get the Holiday Bowl with a win but would fall to the Sun Bowl with a loss.
Things are a bit more important for the Ducks.
They are still a Top 5 team, and a win guarantees them a BCS bowl game. They still have an outside shot at the BCS National Championship Game if USC can knock off Notre Dame this weekend.
Oregon Player to Watch: Kenjon Barner, RB
Kenjon Barner had been unstoppable for most of the season. He ran for 321 yards on 38 carries against USC and was gaining traction as a Heisman finalist.
The last two games haven't been so kind.
He posted 65 and 66 yards in the last two games, averaging just above three yards per carry in both contests. Oregon State is about as good at stopping the run and could make life hard on Barner.
If Oregon is going to reach a BCS game they need Barner to come up big.
Oregon State Player to Watch: Scott Crichton, DE
The Beavers obviously need to find an answer at quarterback this weekend. Cody Vaz may not be able to play, putting the ball back in Sean Mannion's hands.
But Oregon State's defense is going to be the key to a win. Crichton has been huge this season and needs to help control the line in the ground game and pressure Marcus Mariota.
Scott Crichton with his helmet sticker shirt from ESPN. Catch him tomorrow @ 7:30 on Pac12 Net vs. Cal. twitter.com/OSUBeaversFB/s…— Beavers Football (@OSUBeaversFB) November 16, 2012
Prediction: Oregon State 23, Oregon 21
Oregon State has shown the ability to stop the run this season. They held Wisconsin, who averages over 200 ground yards a game, to just 35 yards.
The Ducks responded with a much-improved defense against Stanford. The Beavers, like the Cardinal, will likely have difficulty moving the ball in this game.
Oregon State needs to seize their opportunities and put points on the board when they have the opportunity. If they do, they have a chance to pull the upset.
Then again, it wouldn't be surprising to see Oregon score 55 points.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.
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