The Civil War

No, this is not a post aimed at increasing historical awareness of the bloodiest war in American history (though my historical ignorance of this conflict deserves attention).  Instead, this post plays right into the culture of war-as-analogy-for-football (remember how Kellen Winslow is a bleepin’ “soldier”?).  Specifically, this post is about the epic “battle” between the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers:  a rivalry extending back to 1894 and the 7th oldest in college football.  My Ducks have a national championship riding on the line, and the Beavers are “fighting” for a bowl game appearance.  In the last 10 years, the Ducks and Beavers have split the Civil War, though Oregon has emerged victorious in the last two meetings.  To be honest, I fear the Civil War, because I fear the Beavers.  There is something about in-state rivalries and the last game of the season which echoes with impending doom for a team that has played so valiantly and (at times) too close to “mediocre” teams.  I will be rooting for the Quackers nonetheless, and hoping that the game is over in the first quarter so I can turn my attention to rooting for South Carolina in the SEC championship game (I would love a TCU v. Oregon National Championship).  But, I wouldn’t be disappointed with an exciting game either, one that goes right down to the wire.  Hopefully, like last year, that would mean the Ducks playing good enough and coming out on top.  Hopefully…

My Prediction:

48                                                           25




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