Oregon vs. Oregon State 'Civil War' Showdown

Megan Rochester

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:58 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 9:58 PM GMT

It's 'Civil War" for Oregon and Oregon state this Saturday, when both teams face each other in Reser Stadium. A lot of pressure is on this game for the second-place Ducks. You know what they say. The higher you rise, the harder you fall.


 

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Oregon vs. Oregon State
Saturday, November 29, 8:00 PM
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon

A game between liberals and conservatives, city folk and farmers -  it’s the Oregon vs. Oregon State showdown, commonly known as the “Civil War”. 

The two teams first went toe-to-to 120 years ago in the year 1894, and it the 7th most played college football game in the United States.

The rivalry lived up to the first half of its nickname - “Civil” - for decades when winning was a rarity for both teams. Both the Ducks and the Beavers were the lowest ranked Pac-12 teams for more than 5 decades.

The scoreless tie in 1983 was ranked among the worst college football games in history. The game consisted of 5 interceptions, 11 fumbles and 4 missed field goals. Fans to this day call the game “The Toilet Bowl.”

The Civil War was the only game of the season that fans even paid attention to for over half of the series. The schools are also a mere 40 miles apart, making for families and friends between the two as there wasn’t enough separation to establish real “sides”. Of course, students had their pride as the future alumni of the schools, but the public of Oregon didn’t feel as passionate.

In 1998, students and fans were finally attending games in the regular season and the rivalry games were much more heated as the Ducks and Beavers were on the upward climb out of their era of terrible seasons. In the Civil War game that year, Oregon State was in the lead in overtime and forced a turnover. The students stormed the field, except a penalty had been called before the play had been finished. In that moment, it was obvious the fans of the state of Oregon were new to football passion. The Beavers ended up winning the second overtime, and the fans stormed the field (again).

In recent years, mostly in the 21st century, the teams have made major changes towards winning, and along with those changes came a more respectable rivalry. The Oregon Ducks became a huge force in the NCAA, and Oregon State followed behind them slowly climbing to respectability.

In 2000, both teams were ranked in the Top 10 in the nation. Fans didn’t know what to do. Many said it felt like a dream, or another dimension. So, they did what any respectable fan would do, they picked sides and declared the other team their enemy.

Home field advantage has proven over the years to be a huge influence in this rivalry game. From 1997 to 2006 the winner of the game was always the home team. This will tell you a little bit about how passionate and electric the fans are.

This year, the Ducks are heading into their rivalry game second-ranked in the nation giving themselves a huge chance at the NCAA Championship game in January. Through all their success in the past decade, Oregon is still waiting for their first Championship trophy, but this year could be the year.

Although it looks like an easy win for Oregon on paper, the Ducks have already shown us that an underdog upset is very possible - just ask Arizona. There is nothing the Beavers would like more than to shut out Oregon from the Championship and their star Marcus Mariota from the Heisman Trophy.

We are looking forward to an exciting match this weekend when this two teams meet again.

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