Ducks Not Sleeping on Oregon State

Oregon's final regular season game occurs in what is likely to be the most hostile environment they will play in all season.

It’s that time again. Herb and Shannon Nill are placing their bet, families are starting to split into their decided camps and the trash talk is starting to fly. Unless you have been living under a rock, you know exactly what week this is. It’s Civil War week. Oregon got back to work today in the Moshofsky Center and according to offensive coordinator Scott Frost, the Ducks had one of their best Mondays all season.

“We had a great day today, I think the guys came ready to work. We’re very focused. Typically Mondays are a little sloppy but today was really clean. Our kids believe that if we have a great week of practice we are going to play well,” said Frost.

It seems that no one playing for the Ducks has to be reminded about the significance of this game, not just for this season but overall in the legacy of these Ducks. Currently, there is no one on the roster who has ever suffered defeat against Oregon State but that doesn’t diminish the rivalry to the players.

“We’ve never lost so we just want to keep that going. We don’t want to be the team that loses. I don’t think it diminishes at all. It makes you want to work harder because you know how much they want to win this game and how much you want to win it,” said Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

The Beavers lost to the Huskies last week which put them in a dire situation. They must come up with a win against Oregon to be eligible to be considered for a bowl game. With as many teams as the conference has to play in a bowl it will be a tough draw but wins over two top 10 teams in conference will likely bolster their case.

“There are some games where you do not have to convince the guys to take the game seriously. I don’t think we will have any trouble getting our players motivated and neither will they,” said Frost.

While the OSU defense has been susceptible to giving up big plays, Frost knows that Oregon State’s defense is not one that Oregon can sleep on.

“I think they are underrated. They are extremely sound, they play hard and have an aggressive front seven with guys in the back who can cover. I think last week they gave up a couple big plays but controlled the game really well. This is a big challenge for us, they always play well against us and we are going to have to be ready,” said Frost.

While Civil War is a bit of a misnomer, considering the vitriol the fan bases feel toward one another, this game promises to be hotly contested with so much on the line for both teams. Oregon knows they are going to get the Beavers’ best shot on Saturday as the Ducks continue their quest toward the college football playoff.

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