Friday, November 24, 2023

Good Luck Ducks, Week 13: The Last Civil War?


It's the Ducks final conference meeting with their Corvallis-based rivals. 
The 127th meeting between Oregon and Oregon State on the football field is their last scheduled game together. When Oregon finally bit the bullet and decided to join the Big Ten after seeing other schools seize their own opportunities, most local fans immediate thoughts were "welp, there goes the Civil War." And it's true: there will be no more last week, Black Friday or late November rivalry games between these two teams no matter what they end up working out in the future. There's persistent talk of Oregon trying to back out of or adjust their contract with Boise State that is supposed to run for the next three seasons in order to get that Beavers game on their non-conference schedule next year (which would happen in mid-September), but they're eventually going to face a long term scheduling issue to try to keep alive a rivalry that now spans multiple conferences.

Tonight's game is particularly notable, because the Ducks have managed to pass all of their tests following the regrettable loss to Washington with flying colors. The Huskies hung on at the end last week in Corvallis to remain undefeated. The possibilities are still there, with Oregon being the consensus pick for "best one loss team in the country" and a potential rematch with UW in the very last Pac-12 Championship game looming. A Ducks win tonight and a Huskies win in their last Pac-12 Apple Cup would set it all up. From there, it would be up to the voters to determine if an Oregon conference championship would be enough to propel them to a coveted top four playoff spot. Thanksgiving is over. There aren't many games left now.

Bo Nix was absolutely stunning last week against an overmatched Sun Devils defense. He threw for a school record six (!) touchdowns, all in the first half, before being treated to a lot of second half rest. Troy Franklin broke the school record for most receiving yards in a season, still with games left to play. These Ducks have reportedly been replaying the horror show that was last season's Civil War 4th quarter on loop to prepare for tonight's game. It's something as a fan that I would never want to revisit, but at least this year we know we're in for good clear weather and no obnoxious chainsaw sounds blasting through the PA. I certainly can't complain about the last real Civil War game being played in Eugene.

Notes and other things:
  • I don't often talk about whatever random Ducks card I feel like attaching to these posts, but this one I just received from buckstorecards strike a particular interest. I do really like sports cards where you can pinpoint exactly what game the photo is from, and this one makes it clear that it's from the 2013 Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State. That game was notable for being only the second ever game with a recorded 1 point conversion safety.
  • Where Are They Headed? Well, it still seems that Oregon State is heading nowhere. There's been no indication that either of the last two standing Pac-12 members are wanting to join up with anyone else, with a potential long term plan being to lure members of other (lesser) conferences to head to them. I don't know how this would even work or what their schedules will look like going forward, but I wish them luck. I hate that this breakup is happening.
  • Ducks Ranking This Week: 6. This should be the last week of no significant changes among the top six ranks. Many eyes will be on the Ohio State/Michigan game.
  • Bo Nix Heisman Watch: I mean, 6 touchdown passes in a half while hardly breaking a sweat? What more could you ask for?!
  • Game time is 5:30 PDT on FOX in Eugene. Go Ducks!


  1. I'm siding with OSU and WSU in the legal battle.
    But I'm siding with Oregon and Washington on the field, because I still want a Pac-12 team to win it all.

  2. Very cool to see UW, Oregon, and OSU all ranked together... but very sad that this could be the last Civil War game between these two Oregon teams around this time of year.

  3. If you're looking for another Ducks alum success story, former QB, and back-up to Akili Smith, Jason Maas just coached the Montreal Alouettes to a Grey Cup win last Sunday.

  4. Absolutely hate what's happened to the Pac12. Sucks to see a couple of the rivalries get busted up where even if they continue they're not as meaningful. And sucks to see what's happening to the other sports as well. Pac-12 was excellent across a ton of sports and throwing all that out because of football is infuriating.

  5. The only college football game I ever went to was a Beavers vs. Ducks game. I had no idea about how intense the rivalry was, and when the Beavers won at home, and their fans stormed the field amidst the rain, it was one of the most memorable sports moments I ever witnessed live. It deeply saddens me to see these conferences torn asunder to create super conferences.


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