A meaningful Civil War game is on the horizon, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who is thankful for the rivalry matchup. It appears the weather will be cold, but not wet, another reason to give thanks. It’ll be a momentous senior day, when fans in Autzen Stadium can show their gratitude and say farewell to a special senior class that has been toughened by a tumultuous career at Oregon.
Oregon is one win away from its first 10-win season since 2014 with a chance to be crowned Pac-12 Champions. Now that the College Football Playoff is out of the picture, senior quarterback Justin Herbert said, “It means everything,” to learn from the Arizona State loss and refocus on finishing the season strong.
This Thanksgiving, Herbert would be grateful for an upcoming win against the Oregon State Beavers.
But, what are the other Ducks thankful for? I asked them:
Coach Mario Cristobal
“I think my favorite part about Thanksgiving is that we’re practicing and getting ready for a game. What am I, 49? I can’t remember the last time Thanksgiving was here and we weren’t practicing. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself, I really wouldn’t. Thank God for that, I think that’s the greatest thing in the world, and we will practice. We will practice and give thanks for all our many blessings and instead of our lunch meal it will be a Thanksgiving spread. It’s a business week. I think we all know this football life as a player, as a coach, as an AD, a president, this is your work time. Our guys understand that and I think it makes you appreciate everything that much more when you do so. It will be all about business and to have the best week of prep we can possibly have.”
Junior wide receiver Johnny Johnson
“The food, for sure. Candied yams! That’s one of my favorites… I eat ham instead of turkey. I’m a ham guy.”
Defensive coordinator Andy Avalos
“Pumpkin pie, with whipped cream. Without question.”
This season’s Civil War is “everything you could want in a college football game,” according to Cristobal. Today, I’m thankful for pecan pie and an exciting rivalry game with bragging rights on the line.