Oregon Ducks Football Campus Voice: Right Now the Oregon Campus Oozes Confidence

k sContributor INovember 24, 2009

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 21:  Tight end Ed Dickson #83 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring the game tying touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats during the final moments of regulation in the college football game at Arizona Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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If there were one word that could describe the mood on the University of Oregon campus, it would be confident.

In fact, students and players alike are oozing it. It is everywhere. It is impossible to go on campus and not be smacked in the face with it.

It is a great feeling to have and share with over 20,000 people within a two-mile radius.

Why wouldn’t Duck fans feel this way? There is no reason not to be confident or to be humble at this point.

With the Ducks coming off one of the most intense, exciting, and meaningful games in school history at Arizona on Saturday, Oregon is finally prime for a Rose Bowl berth.

In order to reach the almighty Rose Bowl, Oregon must wage civil war against its little brother to the north, Oregon State.

While some, in other parts of the state or nation, may be cautious or wary of facing the Beavers, Duck fans here in Eugene are looking forward to pouncing on the Beavers and defeating them for an entrance into the college football’s most prestigious bowl game.

Although the matchup is still more than a week away, festivities have already begun for Oregon students.

Oregon’s own Green Man and group Supwitchugirl have already started endorsing a yellow-out of Autzen Stadium for the Civil War and have begun selling their own yellow t-shirts to help the campaign.

The entire state of Oregon knows the stakes at hand in this season’s Civil War contest. It is being advertised and discussed as the most important and colossal meeting of the 113-year history of the matchup. There is no reason to believe that it is not.

Last season was fairly important in that Oregon State had an opportunity to go to the Rose Bowl with a victory but was unable to handle the Ducks’ offensive onslaught. Some see this as giving the Beavers the upper hand. They argue that Oregon State will have an advantage because they want revenge for what the Ducks did last season.

Revenge is on the mind of the Beavers. Earlier this week, it was reported that backup quarterback Lyle Moevao guaranteed a Beaver victory and revenge on his Twitter account.

This season, however, both teams are Rose Bowl possibilities. The winner will be bathing in roses, while the loser gets the thorns.

Despite the revenge argument, Oregon fans have no doubt in their minds that the Ducks have every advantage. The biggest and most influential factor will be that the game is at Autzen Stadium. Oregon has yet to lose a game at home this season and have lost just one game in the last 12 at Autzen.

Oregon fans are confident, yes, but with good reason. This next week should be one full of friendly trash talking between friends, family, and coworkers that will ultimately be resolved on the gridiron on Dec. 3.


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