Preview: Oregon at Oregon State

When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 26, 2016
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon

There’s a different motivation in the 2016 edition of the Civil War series as Oregon and host Oregon State will square off Saturday in Corvallis looking to avoid finishing in the Pac-12 North basement. Although the Ducks and Beavers both are entering the game off impressive victories last Saturday, both are only 2-6 in Pac-12 play entering the regular-season finale.

Oregon is fresh off a huge upset, clipping two-touchdown favorite and then-11th-ranked Utah 30-28 on Darren Carrington’s 17-yard scoring reception in the back corner of the end zone with two seconds remaining. The win not only knocked Utah out of contention for the Pac-12 South title, but it boosted embattled Oregon coach Mark Helfrich’s 2016 resume and kept alive the Ducks’ slim chances of making it to a bowl game with a 5-7 finish. The Beavers, meanwhile, snapped out of a five-game losing skid last Saturday with a 42-17 thrashing of visiting South Division cellar-dweller Arizona and now are aiming to put an end to their eight-game Civil War series losing streak. “This game is a big game every year regardless of the situation or the scenario,” Beavers coach Gary Andersen said at his Sunday news conference. “Our kids understand that, they know that, and it’s a privilege and honor for them to play in it. It’s a game they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

TV: 4 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: Oregon -3

ABOUT OREGON (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12): The Ducks struggled through a three point first half last Saturday, but caught fire behind freshman quarterback Justin Herbert who tossed three scoring passes and ran for another to rally his team. Tailback Royce Freeman, who was hampered by injury issues earlier in the season, also is coming off one of his best games of the year with 129 yards rushing and 36 more yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. The Oregon defense, led by standout freshman linebacker Troy Dye (83 total tackles, 6.5 sacks), still ranks 126th nationally with 42.1 points allowed per game, but kept a Pac-12 foe under 35 points for the first time in its last nine conference contests.

ABOUT OREGON STATE (3-8, 2-6): The Beavers had their own impressive performance from a young quarterback last Saturday as sophomore Marcus McMaryion completed 16-of-19 passes for 265 yards and five TDs in the rout of Arizona. McMaryion has two solid weapons at his disposal in tailback Ryan Nall (team-leading 796 yards, nine TDs) and wide receiver Victor Bolden Jr. (856 total yards, four TDs). Linebackers Caleb Saulo and Manase Hungalu, with a combined average of 15.3 tackles per game, lead a defense which ranks in the middle of the Pac-12 pack at 31.1 points and 433.3 yards surrendered per game.


1. According to Oregon, the Civil War is the longest-running college football rivalry west of the Rockies, and the Ducks own a 31-9-1 advantage since 1975, including the eight straight wins.

2. Oregon hasn’t finished with five or fewer wins since 2004 – also the last season the Ducks failed to make the postseason.

3. Oregon State’s 42 points vs. Arizona last week marked the first time the Beavers have topped 40 in a Pac-12 game since a 49-17 win at California in 2013.

PREDICTION: Oregon 34, Oregon State 32

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Oregon 4-7 W1 36.5 42.1 3-3 1-4 0-1 0-0 2-6
Oregon State 3-8 W1 25.5 31.1 3-3 0-5 0-3 0-0 2-6

Last Meeting

Oregon Oregon State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/27/15 ORST 42 ORE 52 674 308 366 427 228 199

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ORE V. Adams Jr. 73.7 366 3 0
ORST M. McMaryion 52.4 154 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ORE R. Freeman 27 167 6.2 2
ORST R. Nall 19 174 9.2 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ORE B. Addison 8 106 13.2 3
ORST J. Villamin 4 72 18.0 0
TDs Player TD
ORE B. Addison 4
ORST S. Collins 3
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ORE J. Herbert 64.3 1756 18 4
ORST M. McMaryion 58.7 1185 9 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ORE R. Freeman 149 839 5.6 9
ORST R. Nall 116 796 6.9 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ORE D. Carrington 40 530 13.2 4
ORST V. Bolden Jr. 43 528 12.3 2
TDs Player TD
ORE R. Freeman 10
ORST R. Nall 11

Quickchart Matchup

Oregon Off vs  Oregon State Def
501.5 yards
433.3 yards
5.5 yards/rush
5.3 yards/rush
8 yards/attempt
6.2 yards/attempt
Oregon State Off vs  Oregon Def
361.4 yards
528.2 yards
5.1 yards/rush
5.6 yards/rush
6 yards/attempt
7.4 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Oregon Overall Oregon State
4-7-0 W/L 3-8-0
2-8-1 ATS 8-3-0
7-4-0 O/U 5-6-0
36.5 Pts For 25.5
42.1 Pts Against 31.1
Oregon A/H Oregon State
1-4 W/L 3-3
1-3-1 ATS 5-1-0
2-3-0 O/U 3-3-0
32.8 Pts For 32.5
42.2 Pts Against 26.7