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Fearless Predictions: Oregon State vs. Oregon
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No. 13 Oregon State
at No. 7 Oregon
Thursday, 9 p.m. ET
Line: Oregon -10
In all walks of life, out of rarity comes tremendous interest. With that in mind, this year's edition of the Civil War is going to be wildly intriguing on a national scale. Oregon and Oregon State have met 112 times in this heated rivalry, but this is the first time in history that a winner-take-all scenario for the Rose Bowl is in place. As if this game needed the addition of more kerosene, this one promises to trump all others in terms of intensity and significance.
Hey, the state of Oregon has to feel pretty good about owning the spotlight on Thursday night, but how about the Pac-10? In a year when the league's calling card, USC, is down and out of the running for an eighth straight title, an ad hoc championship game in prime time between two rivals has been an unexpected gift. If anything, the Pac-10 ought to be celebrating parity, which will be in full bloom in Eugene this week.
If the only Oregon game you caught this year was the opener at Boise State, you'll have a hard time believing where it resides today. Since getting blown out by the Broncos and losing star RB LeGarrette Blount to a temper tantrum, the Ducks got off the mat quicker than anyone could have imagined, winning nine of the next 10 games and slowly scaling the Top 25. With Chip Kelly feeling his way through his first season as the boss and a defense littered with anonymity, the program caught fire around playmaking QB Jeremiah Masoli and an unlikely hero behind him in the backfield.
Prediction: Oregon 38 ... Oregon State 27
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