Unbelievably we've reached the quarter pole in our journey through the biggest and best that college sports have to offer here on the MTB College Sports Bucket List. We've covered "Duels in the Desert", some of the best that D3 sports has to offer, and much more, so look through the site and you'll find quite a few gems.
In fact one of those rare gems was unveiled yesterday in the battle between St. Norbert College and Wisconsin-Superior in D3 Hockey, so check it out here.
No. 75: Oregon vs. Oregon State (FBS Football):
We've covered a lot of interesting games, but never have we covered something so bitter that they actually pride themselves in playing in the "Civil War", but that's exactly what happens every season in the Northwest as the Ducks and Beavers go at it in the annual grudge match in Oregon.
The 2012 season will mark the 96th edition of the Civil War and if you weren't paying attention to the games out west between these two until Oregon became more nationally relevant you'd have no clue of just how bitter, close, and full of upsets this rivalry actually is.
Currently the series stands at 46-43-5 in favor of Oregon, but it's a series that's always been pretty close. The Ducks and Beavers both have the same longest winning streaks in the series at eight games. Last season Oregon destroyed the Beavers 49-21 in route to the Rose Bowl, which we all know how that ended.
But what makes this series more special than some of the other close rivalries that we've seen?
Well, for one it dates back to before the actual "Civil War" series and the first game dates back to 1894 and has been played 116 times overall, making it the 7th oldest rivalry in major college football.
In the past 30 years this game has provided some of the most memorable or infamous games in the series' history as both teams have enjoyed relative levels of success. The most infamous game, one both teams would rather forget, took place in 1983 and ended in a 0-0 tie. Yes, you see that correctly, ZERO-ZERO. It wasn't exactly a great defensive battle either as the teams combined for 11 turnovers, 5 interceptions, and a ridiculous FOUR missed field goals. It stands as the very last scoreless draw in college football history.
Just five years later the Beavers were facing a 14th straight season without a win against their hated rivals after a 44-0 drubing in the '87 edition. Add in Ducks coach Rich Brooks having a 18-0-3 record as a player/coach on either side of the rivalry and you have a desparate team. The Beavers came away with a 21-10 win that is remembered fondly by OSU fans.
Speaking of fond memories of the Civil War, the 1994 edition won't soon be forgotten by Ducks fans. Oregon hadn't been to the Grandaddy of them all in 37 seasons. Down 13-10 the Ducks were led by QB Danny O'Neil on a 70 yard drive that gave them the victory and their first Rose Bowl birth in almost 40 years.
There are a lot of interesting games, but none were as important as the 2000 game that featured the only time both teams were ranked in the Top 10 of the country (Oregon #5 and OSU #8). It was a convoluted situation, but an Oregon win put the Ducks in the Rose Bowl and a Beaver victory meant a tie and hopes of their own Rose Bowl birth. Oregon State took down the higher ranked Ducks, but were relegated to the Fiesta Bowl thanks to a Washington victory in the Apple Cup later in the day.
As is the case with most intrastate rivals there are plenty of pranks and mischievous activities and this one has just about all of them. There were multiple incidents of capturing students from one school or the other, with the craziest being OU students "kidnapping" the OSU homecoming queen, only to return her just 30 minutes later in the 1960 season. There have been several brawls and even a few criminal charges, which included a 2010 incident of burning an I hate the ducks t-shirt by an OU student on the field in Corvallis. The fire caused serious damage to the fieldturf and was charged with a ton of misdemeanors for the incident. It's not all OU students doing bad either as Beaver students have been noted for trying to take over the Oregon campus and starting a brawl or two of their ow.
For those of us in the Big Ten this game may not be as familar in terms of why the teams hate each other so much, but as you can see it's all there and for that and it's competitive nature it lands as the 75th game on our list.