Before this year, Abraham Lincoln must have rolled in his grave at the thought of two Oregon football teams making light of our country’s most historic moment to promote a rivalry game.
But this year, good ol’ Uncle Abe understands.
Never before in the history of this game—all 112 years—has this game carried so much weight. The winner goes to the Rose Bowl and the loser, well, the Holiday Bowl isn’t much of a consolation.
Seeing as this is the biggest sporting event of my life—and in the history of Oregon—it’s truly unfortunately I couldn’t spend more time previewing this game. But I’m a student first and a football fan second, err, well, at least that’s what I lead my dad to believe.
Professors really should know better than to assign final projects, essays, exams the week of the Civil War. One even scheduled a final exam review for 4 p.m. this afternoon. Seriously. Let’s see who shows up for that one.
But I will give you a prediction, and more links, so I help satisfy you football fix before kickoff.
I honestly just can’t see the Ducks losing this game. Not with how the Ducks steamrolled OSU last year in Reser, not with how explosive Oregon’s offense has been, not when I just found out Oregon State actually has a homosexual Sheep Center on campus (seriously!), and most importantly, not in Autzen.
The one thing that does worry me though, is Jacquizz Rodgers.
I don’t like him. You don’t like him. No Duck fan likes him. But he is a fantastic football player, and a threat that Oregon State didn’t have last year. He is a total game-changer.
Fortunately, Oregon’s front seven is much improved and stopping the run has turned from a weakness last year, to a strength this year.
This is going to be one of those nail-biting, cover your eyes at the finish, down to the wire games that makes football so great.
And I can only expect one thing: A Duck victory.
Prediction: Oregon 45, Oregon State, 38
Here are some more links you definitely need to check out:
ESPN’s Ted Miller examines the importance of this game for both teams, the fan bases and even conference awards.
OregonLive’s Bob Rickert has some videos to get you fired up, including – you guessed it- I Love My Ducks.
Sports Illustrated’s Austin Murphy weighs in with his thoughts on the Civil War.
The AP breaks down the differences between a Duck and a Beaver. It won’t just be anatomically, I promise.
And finally, the Oregonian’s John Canzano says the fans need to their part to make this Civil War epic. Shouldn’t be a problem, Johnny boy.
And there you have it, Go Ducks!
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