(NEW YORK) — After losing to Stanford last weekend, the fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks (10-1) will head into Saturday’s game against in-state rival 16th-ranked Oregon State (8-2).
Oregon enters Saturday’s Civil War game with an offense averaging an FBS-leading 54.8 points per game and will need some help if they are going to get back into a BCS title talk.
In order to get back into a chance at a BCS game, the Ducks will need a USC win over No. 1 Notre Dame and losses by Alabama, Georgia and Florida this weekend.
“It’s the last game of the year, it’s the biggest game we play,” said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. “Can’t be bigger than I make it every year.”
Oregon State also needs some help to get back into BCS title talk, but head coach Mike Riley is happy with where his team is this year.
“It’s great to be where we are,” said Riley. “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.
“It’s much more fun and exciting to be going into the Civil War at 8-2 rather than 3-8.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN