Saturday’s Civil War rivalry game is what college football is all about. Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) and Oregon State (5-6, 4-4) occupy the top two spots in the Pac-12 North Division. The Ducks look to finish conference play unbeaten at Autzen Stadium for the eighth time since it opened in 1967.
Here are 10 numbers to know if you want to be the fan dropping knowledge on your friends at the tailgate.
A DUCK WIN WOULD...
Give Oregon its first 10-win season since 2014, making Mario Cristobal the fourth head coach in program history to win 10 games in a season.
A BEAVER WIN WOULD...
Be their sixth victory, making Oregon State eligible for its first bowl appearance since the 2013 season. Also, it’d guarantee a winning conference record for the first time since going 6-3 in 2012.
Oregon opened as 20.5-point favorites over Oregon State. The total over/under is set at 66 points.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
In six home games (6-0) this season, Oregon has outscored its opponents 245-60, including 127-21 in the second half.
At home, Oregon’s defense has allowed two touchdowns in 38 second half drives, while coming away with six interceptions in the final 30 minutes.
Saturday is the 123rd meeting between the two programs. Oregon has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including five-straight in Autzen Stadium against Oregon State. 2007 was the last time OSU won in Eugene. Over the last 11 games, Oregon is averaging 47.2 points with a scoring margin of +20.7 (519-291).
As an Oregon State player, OSU coach Jonathan Smith was 2-2 against Oregon. In the Beavers’ victory in 1998, Smith passed for 303 yards, which at the time was the most ever by an OSU quarterback vs. the Ducks. Smith and the Beavers won again in 2000 in Corvallis.
VERDELL ETCHING HIS NAME IN UO HISTORY
Sophomore running back CJ Verdell needs 87 yards rushing to becomes the fifth Duck with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons (Maurice Morris, Onterrio Smith, LaMichael James, Royce Freeman). With 87 yards rushing, Verdell will join Freeman and James as only Oregon running back to rush for 1,000 yards as both a freshman and sophomore.
A SHOW ON THE ROAD
The Beavers are 3-1 on the road in Pac-12 play this season.
26 Oregon seniors will play their last games in Autzen Stadium on Saturday in Oregon’s final conference game, including quarterback Justin Herbert, linebacker Troy Dye, linebacker La’Mar Winston Jr., OL Shane Lemieux, OL Jake Hanson, OL Calvin Throckmorton, OL Dallas Warmack, WR Juwan Johnson, TE Ryan Bay, DT Drayton Carlberg, linebacker Bryson Young and punter Blake Maimone.
“You only have a certain amount of snaps in your career…” said Cristobal. “With every snap that you play you show in the way that you play that this thing means more to you than it does the people you are playing against. And that’s the way this senior class is defined… I’m super proud of them. More than anything, I’m just really focused on them having the best performance they can on Saturday.”