Week 14 is when a lot of the traditional rivalries resume, and we get a lot of the games made famous as they have been given their own name.
While in Part One of my Week 14 picks I analyzed and predicted the Iron Bowl and the Egg Bowl, I only began to scratch the surface of the named games, so I continue on with several more today.
There is no shortage of rivalries, and because of the way most of the bowls have conference tie-ins and affiliations, and because of the sheer quantity of bowls and dilution, these rivalries are some of the last shreds of tradition remaining in the sport.
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Oregon State - 3 Vs. Oregon (Saturday, Nov. 29, 7 EST): 6 out of 10
These are two teams that do not like each other, hence the name for this game: The Civil War. This one will be nothing short of a war as Oregon State tries to win the Pac-10 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl, and Oregon would like nothing more than to shatter the BCS dreams of their hated rival.
Both of these teams come into this one at 8-3 overall, though the Beavers have had a rebirth of sorts and have reeled off six straight wins, while the Ducks have won four of their past five. These are two good teams meeting on the field in Corvallis, and while we could say to throw the record books out the window, there obviously isn't any need to.
Both of these teams have shown the ability to overcome a lot of adversity this season, as Oregon made it through a series of injured QBs and Oregon State has battled back after a miserable start. This game should really show who has the best ability to bounce back, as the evenness of the game makes for a back and forth scenario.
The Ducks enter this game at 5-6 against the spread, while the Beavers are 8-2 against the number. Oregon has only covered once in their last five trips to Oregon State, and the home team has covered in eight of the last 11 meetings between these two.
Oregon is just 1-5 against the spread when playing against a team with a winning record and haven't been very good finishers, going 1-4 against the spread in their last five games in November. Oregon State has been red-hot against the spread, reeling off eight straight covers and going 15-3 against the spread in their last 18 overall.
The Beavers traditionally finish the season strong, as they are 5-0 against the spread in their last five November games. I look for the Beavers to be smelling rosy and covering once again.
See the rest of Mitch's Week 14, Part Two college football picks against the spread.