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116th Civil War looks like it'll be a game.

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116th Civil War looks like it'll be a game.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) While they're still underdogs, the Oregon State Beavers certainly have more reasons to be hopeful this season heading into Saturday's Civil War against rival Oregon.

The surprising No. 16 Beavers are not only buoyed by their own dramatic turnaround but also by the vulnerabilities No. 5 Oregon showed in last weekend's loss to Stanford.

Oregon State has already defied the odds by improving to 8-2 overall after going just 3-9 last season. After two years without a bowl game, the Beavers were bowl eligible early after a 6-0 start, their best since the 1907 season.

They've also overcome an injury to starting quarterback Sean Mannion, and now one to successful backup-turned-starter Cody Vaz.

It all gives Oregon State more reason to be hopeful this season against Oregon, after four straight losses in the series. While Oregon State coach Mike Riley often says that in the Civil War ``anything can happen,'' the last two meetings were pretty much foregone conclusions.

Last season, the then-No. 9 Ducks beat the Beavers 49-21 in Eugene, clinching the Pac-12 North's spot in the inaugural conference championship game. The Ducks would go on to defeat UCLA for the league title before a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin for their first Rose Bowl win in 95 years.

The season before, Oregon beat Oregon State 37-20 in Corvallis. The win sent Oregon on to the BCS championship game against Auburn, while the loss kept the Beavers from becoming bowl eligible.

Oregon State hasn't won the Civil War since an overtime upset at Autzen Stadium in 2007.

``It's great to be where we are. We try not to be surprised by success, we work for that hard. But I am proud of the turnaround in this team and the work they did in the offseason and what they've accomplished to this point,'' Riley said. ``It's much more fun and exciting to be going into the Civil War at 8-2 rather than 3-8, or whatever we were.''

Oregon (10-1, 7-1) is wounded heading into the 116th edition of the rivalry game after a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford last Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

The loss knocked Oregon out of the top spot in the AP rankings and complicated the Ducks' bid for a second national championship game berth in three seasons.

Oregon would have clinched the Pac-12 North for the second straight season with a victory against the Cardinal. Instead, they'll have to wait a week to see how the conference shakes out.

If No. 11 Stanford (9-2, 7-1) can defeat No. 15 UCLA (9-2, 6-2) on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, they'll go to the conference championship. If Stanford losses and Oregon wins, the Ducks will go.

The winner of the Pac-12 title game gets a Rose Bowl berth - unless the winner is tapped for a place in the national championship. The Bruins have already clinched the southern division.

Oregon is not out of the mix for the BCS title game just yet, but they'll need USC (7-4, 5-4) to defeat top-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame on Saturday. It's a tall order for the Trojans, who have lost three of their last four games and won't have senior quarterback Matt Barkley. Freshman Max Wittek will make his first career start in place of Barkley, who hurt his right shoulder in last weekend's 38-28 loss to the rival Bruins.

``There's a lot of disappointment, but it's one game,'' Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota said in the wake of the Stanford loss. ``The season's not over. We have a lot to play for.''

He's right. Even if Oregon doesn't play in the conference championship, they could be an at-large selection for one of the other BCS bowls, a scenario that seems likely if they defeat Oregon State and finish the season with just one loss.

Interestingly, Oregon State's season is also far from over. Win or lose to the Ducks, they've got a home game set for Dec. 1 against Nicholls State. The Beavers were supposed to open on Sept. 1 against the Colonels, but the game was postponed because of the threat Hurricane Isaac posed to the school's Thibodeaux, La., campus. Then Oregon State will await its bowl bid.

Riley announced Monday that Mannion would start Saturday at Reser Stadium. Mannion started the first four games of the season, throwing seven touchdowns and averaging 339 yards, but injured his left knee and required surgery. Vaz, who hadn't started since high school, took over and helped the Beavers to win in the next two games, and later became the team's starter.

But Vaz sprained his left ankle in the final moments of a loss to Stanford, and sat out last Saturday during Oregon State's 64-14 victory at home over California.

As of Tuesday, Oregon was a 9 1/2 -point favorite over Oregon State. Stanford coach David Shaw, who has defeated both Oregon and Oregon State this season, was asked on Tuesday for his assessment.

``Whatever defense can keep the offense from making the big plays will have a good chance to win,'' he said.

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Ravens vs. Colts preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Ravens vs. Colts preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After 10 days and two skirmish joint practices with the Colts, Ravens football is back.

The guys are in Indianapolis to take on the Colts in their third preseason game of the season. You can expect to see Lamar Jackson and RGIII getting more reps in, but it's unclear how much of Andrew Luck we'll see after he missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury.

While the joint practices brought a few brawls, head coach John Harbaugh has been nothing but impressed with how his team has been handling training camp and the preseason thus far.

"I think about as good as [I’ve] ever seen,” Harbaugh said via the Ravens' website. “I’d have to say our best camp in terms of guys focused on improving every day and becoming one percent better at what they do from one day to the next and keep building on that. That’s what I’m proud of.”

Ahead of their matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

Ravens vs. Colts Preseason Game:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts 

What: Preseason Week 3

When: Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana 

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock, ESPN Radio

Weather: 78 degrees, scattered thunderstorms

Preseason Schedule:

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2 vs. Chicago Bears. 8:00 p.m. (W: 17-16) 

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams, 7:30 p.m. (W: 33-7)

Week 2: Mon., 8/20, at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN), 7:00 p.m. 

Week 3: Sat., 8/25 at Miami Dolphins, 7:00 p.m.

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 vs. Washington Redskins, 7:30 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sun., 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thur., 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sun., 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sun., 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sun., 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sun., 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sun., 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Sat., 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!

SEE EVERY CAPITALS PLAYER'S SUPERHERO CHARACTER HERE

But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.

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