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Oregon/Oregon State-The Civil War with Roses the prize

Written by Curt Popejoy on 12/03/2009

Who doesn't hate their morning commute?  I know I do.  My day job consists of an hour and a half each day, leaving the house by 6am every morning.  But as a teacher I don't complain because I love what I do, and Summer off ain't too shabby either.  But anywho, on my 90 minutes on the road, I listen to sports talk radio almost the whole way.  And this is always a sketchy time of year for it, because mid-week, lots of NBA and college basketball talk, so I end up tuning a lot of it out.  But today I figured I had it made, because of course they would be talking about tonight's huge matchup tonight between Oregon and Oregon State in the Battle for the Rose Bowl and the PAC-10 title, right?  Nope.  I get analysis and breakdown of the NFL matchup between The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills being played in Moose Kuckle Grove Canada.  It's unfortunate, because if you don't follow college football, you might miss a great matchup between top teams to watch two crappy NFL teams playing in the Great White North.

This game was going to be big anyway, because the Civil War is always entertaining.  Normally both teams have high powered offenses with some big name playmakers and this year is no exception.  Oregon comes in being led by Jeremiah Masoli at quarterback and super Freshman LaMichael James at running backs.  These guys have run all over teams this season, and the team really turned on the jets after an opening week meltdown and WWA experience in a loss to Boise State.  Oregon State has been very good this year, but it's been a quiet good and they are also led by a running game, anchored by another explosive player Jacquizz Rodgers.  Rodgers and James are both going to showcase their skills tonight, but neither of them are going to be the reason either team wins or loses.  Both teams put up great numbers but in opposite ways.  Where Oregon loves to run to set up controlled passing game, The Beavers love to throw the ball, and really that frees up Rodgers to run free.  Beavers better built to come back from a deficit and the Ducks better build to hold onto a lead.  Strength versus strength. That's all you can ask for.

This game is going to come down to which team can step up and play defense.  Both teams have shown flashes this year, but they've also been suspect at time.  Oregon has a much better defensive line, and the passing game the Beavers use that's set up by that run game could really have a hard time getting on track if the Ducks can bring the heat to Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield.  Oregon State I fear just will have no answers for James and Masoli on the ground.  And there's always a chance Oregon unveils their newest old weapon, future NFL knucklehead LaGarrette Blount.  That's right peeps, Blount is back on the team and getting his legs back under him, I suspect for this very game.  I honestly don't think the Ducks need Blount to win, and if they do insist on playing him, I hope it blows up in their faces.

In the final analysis this game being in Oregon makes all the difference.  I'd love to call the upset special here and no matter how much is on the line I don't think the Beavers can bring enough to upset the Ducks.  I'd love to see it, because that for me would expose one of the few flaws I see with the BCS and how they put in conference winners into the BCS.  But my one caveat is, if the Beavers can come out early and jump on the Ducks and get a couple of quick scores, they might be able to force Masoli to throw and that would play to the Beavers advantage.  All in all whoever wins is headed to the Rose Bowl to pley the Ohio State Buckeyes.  I am rooting for the Ducks, but counting on the Beavers to win an epic matchup.

Last Edited: 12/03/2009

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