The Oregon Ducks will try to bounce back from their only loss and worst offensive output of the year against in-state rival Oregon State Beavers on Saturday afternoon at Reser Stadium in the Civil War rivalry game.
The No. 5 Ducks fell to Stanford 17-14 in overtime, and saw much of their BCS national title hopes dashed. Unless the Cardinal loses their matchup with UCLA this week, Oregon is also out of the running for the Pac-12 North and championship.
Running back Kenjon Barner was held to 66 yards on the ground and no touchdowns, and quarterback Marcus Mariota went 21-for-37 for 207 yards, one score and one interception.
Oregon also gave up 161 rushing yards to Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor, and couldn’t convert three Stanford turnovers into points.
The Ducks also had the nation’s longest winning streak of 13 straight games taken away, while No. Oregon State can share their pain about a loss to Stanford.
The 8-2 Beavers also lost a close game to Stanford two weeks ago, but came back last week with a 62-14 pounding of California.
Quarterback Sean Mannion’s four touchdowns, and running back Terron Wards 128 rushing yards and two scores powered the Beaver’s offense to 559 total yards and 35 first downs.
Oregon State’s defense also forced four turnovers that led to touchdown drives.
The Civil War rivalry stretches back to 1894, when the Beavers first won, but Oregon has won the last four meetings, including last year’s 49-21 victory. In that game the Ducks totaled 670 yards, and held Oregon State to just three third down conversions.
The contest begins at 3 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Network.
Betting Odds: Oregon is favored by 10 points.
Over/Under: 66 points
Prediction: Oregon is angry and motivated after last week’s crushing loss, but the Beavers can keep up with the Ducks offense and still pose a serious threat. Look for Oregon to use a big second half to create some breathing space for the win.
Predicted Score: Oregon 42, Oregon State 32