The Oregon Ducks are hoping to avoid an upset by their crosstown rival, the Oregon State Beavers, as they face each other in their regular season finales.
Oregon State is hoping to play spoiler to a Pac-12 title contender again as they face No. 2 Oregon. The Beavers had previously upset Arizona State, who was ranked No. 6 at the time.
If they can upset the Ducks, they will become bowl eligible, so the stakes are high. The Ducks have a 10-1 record and are already headed to the Pac-12 championship game, but they are looking to win out and compete for the national championship.
The Beavers had a letdown loss to Washington as they fell, 37-13. Despite some disappointing home losses this season, the Beavers are known for being a tough team to beat on the road.
Quarterback Sean Mannion has not performed as well in 2014 as he did in 2013, but the rushing attack has stepped up for Oregon State as running backs Terron Ward and Storm Woods have each reached over 600 rushing yards.
Meanwhile, the Ducks are coming off a 44-10 blowout win over Colorado, and quarterback Marcus Mariota has the Heisman Trophy within his reach.
He scored a total of four touchdowns against the Buffaloes, and he has reached 597 rushing yards with nine touchdowns on the season in addition to his 32 touchdown passes.
Running back Royce Freeman has been an underrated component to the Ducks’ offense with 14 rushing touchdowns.
Although it may be tempting for Oregon State fans to call an upset, the Oregon offense is firing on all cylinders like the rest of the team.
Prediction: Oregon 38, Oregon State 21