The Civil War: then and now

Emma Strgar

Tomorrow, Nov. 23, 2018, the 122nd annual Civil War football game will take place at Reser Stadium at 1:00 p.m.

The Civil War football game is an annual rivalry game played between the Oregon State Beavers and the University of Oregon (U of O) Ducks. Many people don’t know that until 1937, the game was popularly called “The Oregon Classic” or the “State Championship Game” until the term “The Civil War” came into common usage, noted a Revolvy article on the Civil War.

Over the years, the teams have clashed 121 times starting in 1894, reported Oregon Live in a recent article. The University of Oregon has won the majority of games, including nine out of 10 of the last match-ups.

So, what can we expect from this year’s game?

Pete Martini, a write for Salem’s Stateman Journal, said in an article this week, “Before the season, it looked as if the Civil War could be a repeat of last year when Oregon beat Oregon State by the largest margin ever in a 69-10 victory at Autzen Stadium.”

However, as the season has progressed, many believe that Oregon State could truly give the University of Oregon a run for their money. Despite the fact that U of O holds a 7-4 record, they are 1-3 with away games. Their last three away games have resulted in them being down 110-60, said Martini.

Oregon State appears to be the underdog on paper, going 0-9 last season in the Pac-12, reports Martini, but under the tutelage of head coach Jonathan Smith OSU has an awesome offensive game.

Essentially, the online consensus is that the Ducks are favored to win, but it may not be the easy win that many expect to see. Oregon State is definitely here for a fight and they’re not letting the pressure of the game get to their head, said head coach Jonathan Smith in an interview.

Smith acknowledged that the in-state rivalry game is one of the “coolest” things about football, but that the game can’t be ruined by the stakes. “‘I want our approach to be like another opportunity,’ Smith said in a Beaver Athletics press conference. ‘If you’re going to play your best, you want the approach to be consistent. Emotions do run high in rivalry games, but once you get into the game it comes down to execution.’”

For those unable to attend the game but still want to be part of the action, the game can be found on TV on channel FS1 and via radio on the Beaver Sports Network (TuneIn) reports the OSU Athletics website.


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