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CIVIL WAR NOTEBOOK: Three out of four?
Oregon State will Nike's Pro Combat uniforms this Saturday, the only Pac-10 team this season to do so. The uniforms were inspired by the Oregon State "Giant Killers" team from 1967, a squad that finished the season ranked No. 7 in the final AP poll and went 7-2-1 overall with victories over No. 1 USC (3-0), No. 2 Purdue (22-14) and a tie with the No. 2 team, UCLA (16-16).
Oregon State could finish third in the Pac-10, if they win and things fall their way. At 4-4 in conference play, OSU is tied for third with Arizona, Washington and USC. Southern Cal is ineligible for a bowl game this season.
For the first time Oregon State will host GameDay. The show will air live beginning at 6 a.m. PST from the Memorial Union Quad. GameDay's crew will also appear live from campus during Friday night's SportsCenter, College Football Live and other ESPN shows.
Kickoff is scheduled for 12:36 p.m. local time. The game will air on ABC.
One-hundred and fourteen times. That's a lot. The Civil War is the seventh-most contested rivalry in the nation and dates back to 1894. Oregon leads the series overall at 57-46-10. The other longest standing rivalries, with games through the end of this season are; Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (120), Kansas vs. Missouri (119), Nebraska vs. Kansas (117), Texas vs. Texas A&M (117), Miami (OH) vs. Cincinnati (115), North Carolina vs. Virginia (115) and Auburn vs. Georgia (114).
Oregon State's four season bowl streak is on the line Saturday. Overall, OSU has been "bowling" nine of its last 11 seasons. OSU won six bowls during the last decade, the second-most in the Pac-10 (USC-7). OSU has played in the Civil War three times recently with bowl eligibility on the line, losing in 2001 (17-14), winning in 2004 (50-21) and falling in 2005 (56-14).
There are 20 who will play their final game at Reser Stadium for Oregon State -- Keo Camat (LB, Portland), Brady Camp (TE, Gresham), Nathan Hannah (DT, Scappoose), Evan Hull (DT, Albany), Mitchel Hunt (DE, Chandler, Ariz.), Justin Kahut (PK, Portland), Wilder McAndrews (OT, Honolulu), Aaron Nichols (WR, Honolulu), Brennan Olander (DT, Grants Pass), Timi Oshinowo (OT, Naperville, Ill.), Keith Pankey (LB, Visalia, Calif.), Ryan Pohl (OG, Waipahu, Hawai'i), John Reese (TE, Upland, Calif.), Suaesi Tuimaunei (S, Laie, Hawai'i), Walker Vave (LB, Laie, Hawai'i), James Dockery (CB, La Quinta, Calif.), Alex Linnenkohl (C, Olympia, Wash.), Gabe Miller (DE, Lake Oswego), Stephen Paea (DT, Los Altos, Calif.) and Dwight Roberson (LB, Oxnard, Calif.).
Olander (pectoral muscle) and Pankey (ankle) are expected to give it a go this week in practice in an effort to be ready by Saturday.
Oregon State's schedule is currently rated the third-toughest in the nation by Jeff Sagarin. After OSU hosts the Ducks on Saturday, it is likely Sagarin's ratings will slot OSU as having the toughest schedule in the land.
Oregon State is on school record pace for home attendance, averaging 45,317 per game. The record 44,931, set in 2008.
Oregon State is tied for 15th in the nation for quarterback sacks with a 2.7 average per game, second in the Pac-10. The bulk of OSU's 30 total sacks have come after Week 3 – OSU had only two sacks after their first three games. Paea has 14 sacks and 29.5 tackles-for-loss for his career, both marks are tied for the eighth-best in OSU program history.
Paea has set the OSU program record with nine career forced fumbles. Over his last four games, he has 6.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and three forced fumbles over his last four games. Roberson has caused seven fumbles over his OSU career.
Jacquizz Rodgers has 16 touchdowns this season, tied for 11th in the nation. Quizz is fourth among active players for career touchdowns with 50, trailing Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray (64) Nevada's Colin Kaepernick (57) and Vai Taua (57), also of Nevada. All three are seniors.
Quizz is in sixth place for career rushing all time in the Pac-10. Quizz is currently eighth with 3,790 yards and could pass Trung Canidate of Arizona (1996-99, 3,824) and Yvenson Bernard of OSU (2004-07, 3,862) on Saturday.
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