Friday, November 27, 2015

Good Luck Ducks, Week 13: Civil Disobedience

It's that time of year again.

After another big victory with purpose last week, Oregon faces their in-state rival in their final regular season game of the year. It's been a short, strange year! Stanford unfortunately did not hold up their end of the bargain and went on to defeat Cal last week, leaving the Ducks out of the conference title picture. To be 8-3 at this stage after the way things went at the early stages of this season, however, definitely feels fortunate.

Speaking of fortunate, well, the Oregon State Beavers have been the opposite of that. The Beavers are looking to avoid going 0-for-the-conference today, but things are obviously looking grim with the way Oregon has been playing. The betting line opened at 30 was pushing 36 as of this writing. While Vernon Adams Jr. has been earning accolades left and right for his play of late, OSU will start their 3rd string QB, a guy whose name sounds like a weird amalgamation of last season's QBs (Marcus Mariota and Sean Mannion).

It would be unthinkable if this game was even close, but funny thing can happen during rivalry games. The Ducks will be hoping today to keep the humor to a minimum and the Duck mascot push-ups to a maximum. It's hard to get too excited about the game this year, but it is The Civil War, after all. A win likely puts the Ducks in the Alamo Bowl against a strong Big-12 opponent, with a puncher's chance at an at-large bid for the Fiesta Bowl.

The 2009 Civil War was a lot more competitive than today's game is expected to be.

Game time is 1:00 PST with national coverage on FS1. Go Ducks!

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