Entering November, Oregon was one of the frontrunners to appear in the BCS National Championship Game. Now, the Ducks find themselves out of the Pac-12 title game when they face Oregon State on Friday night.
Currently sitting at No.13 in the nation, the Ducks have lost two of their last three, including a 26-point defeat to Arizona. The loss allowed Stanford, who upset Oregon on Nov.7, to secure a spot in the conference championship game. With no hopes of reaching either title game or the Rose Bowl, Oregon will largely be playing for pride in the Civil War.
The Beavers do have something on the line in their final regular season game. At 6-5, they are still fighting for a spot in a bowl game. The Beavers have the eighth-best overall record in the conference, and the Pac-12 has agreements with seven bowls. If they don’t finish in the top seven, though, they can still accept an at-large bid to another bowl if given the opportunity.
The Ducks are heavy favorites, giving 23.5 points to the Beavers, according to the point spread at most Las Vegas casinos. Oregon State, however, will look to take advantage of a banged up Marcus Mariota. The quarterback, who was once a Heisman Trophy favorite, has been battling injuries in the past few games, which has contributed to Oregon’s recent struggles. A knee injury has forced him to wear a brace for the past month, and he suffered a big hit to the head in last game, though he did pass the concussion tests.
"We are just going to have to come back and bounce back," Mariota said. "We have to come back and just fight and control what we can control."
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Mariota had been perfect all season, failing to throw a pick in the first 10 games, That changed in the last loss, which saw him throw two interceptions.
Last year, Oregon was victorious in the Civil War for the fifth straight year. Fans can find the channel that will broadcast in their area by clicking on this link.
Player To Watch: Marcus Mariota
TIME: 7:00 p.m. Friday
PLACE: Autzen Stadium
TV: FOX Sports 1
Las Vegas Betting Odds: Oregon by 23.5
Prediction: Oregon over Oregon State, 54-20