Oregon State at Oregon
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 25, 2017
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
Things are back on track at Oregon, which is now
bowl-eligible a year after missing the postseason for the first time in 12
years. The same can’t be said for Oregon State – the lone Pac-12 team without a
conference win – which visits Eugene on Saturday for the regular-season-capping
Civil War game.
The Ducks entered last Saturday’s contest with Arizona
having lost four of their previous five games to fall to 5-5 and put their bowl
status in jeopardy. But behind quarterback Justin Herbert – who returned from a
five-game absence resulting from a broken collarbone – and running back Royce
Freeman’s four touchdowns, Oregon rolled the Wildcats 48-28 to become
postseason-eligible in coach Willie Taggart’s first season. Up next on the Ducks’
to-do list is building some postseason momentum, avenging last season’s loss to
the rival Beavers and sending the program’s seniors out with a victory in their
home finale. “We’ve got the opportunity to finish this out the right way
against our rival,” Taggart said Monday at his weekly news conference. “We
haven’t played our best yet. I thought last week was close, but we have another
opportunity to put it all together and play our best.”
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: Oregon -25.5
ABOUT OREGON STATE (1-10, 0-8 Pac-12): The
Beavers will miss the postseason for the fourth straight season and are looking
to halt a nine-game losing streak and avoid their second winless conference
season in the last three years. Junior Ryan Nall ran for 42 yards and a
touchdown in last week’s 40-24 home loss to Arizona State and ranks seventh in
the Pac-12 with 76.9 rushing yards per game. Senior quarterback Darell
Garretson has thrown for more interceptions (6) than TDs (5), as the Beavers
rank last in the Pac-12 in turnover differential (-11) and scoring offense
(21.6 points per game) and defense (40.6 points allowed).
ABOUT OREGON (6-5, 3-5): Against Arizona, Herbert
threw for 235 yards and a TD and added a 40-yard rushing score as he returned
to action for the first time since his injury Sept. 30 against California.
Freeman, meanwhile, notched his fifth-straight 100-yard rushing game with 135
on 19 carries and emphatically snapped a six-game TD-less streak with a quartet
of rushing scores. Linebacker Troy Dye has notched a team-most tackles (95) and
has 12.5 tackles for loss and four sacks for a defense which ranks in the
middle of the conference pack in surrendering 29.9 points and 373.4 yards per
1. Nall rushed for 155 yards and four TDs to
spark Oregon State’s 34-24 home win over Oregon a season ago, snapping the
Ducks’ eight-game series win streak.
2. The Beavers have dropped 18 straight road
games dating back to a 2014 win at Colorado.
3. Penalties have been a problem for the Ducks,
who were flagged 12 times for 117 yards vs. Arizona and lead the FBS with 99
penalties for 955 yards overall.
PREDICTION: Oregon 48, Oregon State 17
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