The Civil War: Part CXIII From A Neutral Standpoint

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The Civil War: Part CXIII From A Neutral Standpoint
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Oregon vs. Oregon State, or the 'Civil War' as it is called, will be played for the 113th time at 9 p.m. EDT Thursday, Dec. 3.

The game has more implications than ever before. For the first time ever, the winner will be going to the Rose Bowl to face the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Oregon leads the series 56-46-10. When the game is played in Eugene, Oregon leads 25-23-3. Over the past nine years Oregon leads 3-1 at home with the lone loss coming in double overtime in 2007. 

No. 16 Oregon State (8-3, 6-2) gets to travel to Eugene to face No. 8 Oregon (9-2, 7-1).

Oregon State’s three losses have been Cincinnati (28-18), Arizona (37-32), and USC (42-36) where they gave up 408 yards (Cincinnati), 388 yards (Arizona), and 429 yards (USC).

Oregon's two losses have come at the hands of Boise State (19-8) and Stanford (51-42) in which they gave up 361 yards (Boise) and 505 yards (Stanford).

Let’s look at some stats starting with the Ducks.

They are averaging 383.5 yards per game, scoring 37 points per game and a defense that gives up 22.7 points per game.

Here are their rushing and passing leaders:

LaMichael James (190 carries, 1310 yards, 6.9 yards per carry, 11 touchdowns) and Jeremiah Masoli (105 carries, 619 yards, 5.9 yards per carry, 12 touchdowns) head the Oregon rushing attack. Last week at Arizona, James set the Pac-10 freshman rushing record.

Oregon’s passing attack looks like this: Jeremiah Masoli (154 of 264, 1865 yards, 14 touchdowns, four interceptions).

For the Beavers:

They’re averaging 422.1 yards per game with an average of 32 points per game and 22.1 points per game given up.

Here are the Beavers stats leaders:

Oregon State’s rushing attack mainly consists of the Rodgers brothers Jacquizz (239 carries, 1313 yards, 5.5 yards per carry, 19 touchdowns) and James (49 carries, 260 yards, 5.3 yards per carry, one touchdown).

Sean Canfield is the Beavers’ quarterback and he’s an efficient one (260 of 370, 2797 yards, 19 touchdowns, six interceptions).

All in all, this game will be an offensive showing. I wouldn't doubt it if the total yardage across the board was over 800 yards. It will be a very interesting game like usual.

I watched both teams play USC and each offense had a lot of success against the Trojans.

This game isn't until next week, but as a college football fan it gets me excited that it comes down to this for a trip to the Rose Bowl. This game should a great one to be at or watch.

Just like what Chip Kelly said about the game, "We've taken everybody's best shot so far," Kelly said, "And we know we've got an unbelievable game coming up on a Thursday night with Oregon State, and they're a tremendous football program."

Unbelievable is an understatement.

My prediction is it will be a close one that could be decided in overtime with the way both of these teams play and how they don't give up (i.e OSU's come back against USC, Oregon’s comeback against Arizona). I think Oregon eventually takes it so get your Roses ready Duck fans.

 

Statistics courtesy of ESPN.com:
http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/clubhouse?teamId=204
http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/teams/stats?teamId=204&year=2009
http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/clubhouse?teamId=2483
http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/teams/stats?teamId=2483&year=2009

BCS Standings courtesy of BCSfootball.org
http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/poll?poll=BCS

Quote from KATU:
http://www.katu.com/sports/71800902.html

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