For the 99th time, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University will play each other in football tomorrow, and the Civil War contest in Eugene Friday promises to be one of the more lopsided matchups in recent history.
The Ducks hold a 49-43-6 edge in the series, and this year, No. 18-ranked Oregon should reach its 50th win in the rivalry. The Ducks are 8-3 after recovering from some early-season wobbles, while the Beavers are 2-9 and just about ready to see the season end.
Oregon State Head Coach Gary Andersen’s first season in Corvallis has been a tough one, as his team has lost eight straight games—all in Pac-12 Conference play. Most of the scores have been ugly, as well.
In fact, Oregon is a 35-point favorite in this game, so don’t expect any miracles for the Beavers this time.
Evidently, one-time starting quarterback Seth Collins—earlier ruled out for the season with a knee injury—was seen taking snaps at wide receiver this week, which is odd. Collins is the best OSU QB on the roster, significantly better with the arm and the legs than current starter Nick Mitchell and/or backup Marcus McMaryion.
In truth, it probably doesn’t matter who is at quarterback: The Beavers have the 121st-ranked scoring offense out of 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams this year, and OSU has only scored more than 24 points once in conference play. In fact, the Beavers have been held under 14 points six times this year by FBS teams.
What the offense needs to do is get some momentum early, so the team doesn’t find itself in a huge halftime hole. Last week against the Washington Huskies at home, it was 52-0 before the Oregon State offense got on the scoreboard. Sadly, that could happen again in the Civil War.
The Beavers have given up 147 points combined in the last three games against UCLA, California and Washington. It’s tired and worn down from a season of being on the field too long. With the offense failing so often, the defense has been left hanging out to dry against some of the best offenses in the nation.
The Ducks have one of those “best offenses in the nation”, and they’re playing at home on Senior Day. The only team Oregon State held under 17 points this year was small-school Weber State in the opener way back in early September. The Beavers are in trouble tomorrow defensively.
If the Huskies could come into Reser Stadium and blow out the Beavers, then Oregon is going to run up the score against Oregon State at Autzen Stadium. It’s going to get ugly, sadly, for the Beavers in their final game of the season. Look for the Ducks to win by 40 points and look very good in doing so.