The Civil War looms for Oregon State and Oregon. Both teams need to win to have strong odds of making a BCS Bowl. In the event of an OSU win the Fiesta Bowl becomes a good possibility. Oregon will be looking for atleast a Fiesta Bowl with a victory and a shot to host the Pac-12 Championship in Eugene should UCLA beat Stanford. Johnathan Smith was on 1080 the Fan today and said he sees some similarities between this OSU team and the 2000-2001 Fiesta Bowl Beavers. That squad had great leadership from Smith at QB and a couple of feisty WRs in Chad Johnson and TJ Houshmandzadeh. However, as great as those guys were, I believe Mannion, Wheaton and Cooks have atleast as much potential. There is more speed with the 2012 receivers and Mannion with his height should offer the ability to complete just as many of his passes and run a well managed game.
Key for Sean will be to limit unforced errors and take what is being given without overly forcing the situation. No doubt there will be a few situations where throwing the ball out of bounds could be a very smart play. I hope this staff simulates that situation in practice this week, so Sean is confident in the circumstances where it is a good play to throw it away before taking a drive killing sack. OSU needs to maintain possession in this game like Stanford did who had 37 minutes vs. 23 minutes of possession against Oregon. Limit sacks which cause those 3rd and long type situations and it could be a big difference maker. Below are a preview of the Civil War matchup and a video featuring the creator of the Platypus Trophy who is actively lobbying to have it reinstated as the official trophy of the rivalry like it certainly deserves to be.