Saturday, November 26, 2011

Good Luck Ducks, Week 13: Let the Civil Beatdown Begin

The best way to turn the page and get past last week's stunning, heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the Trojans is to put a colossal beating on the next opponent. Fortunately, Oregon should not have much trouble working up some animosity towards its final opponent of the regular season: those pesky Oregon State Beavers.

The Beavers have had a miserable season, though they snapped a three-game losing streak with a convincing win over an overrated Washington Huskies crew. Their senior leader, James Rodgers, has virtually zero experience around him and it shows. They are a pass first offense this year (albeit with a freshman quarterback) that could give the weaker by the week Ducks secondary the fits.

On paper, the Ducks should have no trouble with the Beavers, although Chip Kelly has cautioned that Oregon is "as banged up a group as [he's] ever been around." I will be a bit disappointed if this is anything less than a cathartic beatdown. A win today, of course, will mean the Ducks will host the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. Meanwhile, feel free to read up on me waxing nostalgic over past Civil War games in previous years.

Above footage from the 2008 Civil War, where Jeremiah Johnson made the Beavers look awfully silly.

Game time is 12:30 PST with national coverage on ABC/ESPN2.

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