Remember the Trojans?

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Recaps/Previews

Saturday’s loss to USC was a difficult pill to swallow. Perhaps it was that last thread of hope for sneaking into the National Championship Game. Perhaps it was all the other upsets that were lining things up so well for us. Perhaps it was the jubilation of our domination of Stanford, or the pain of seeing the nation’s longest home winning streak coming to an end. Or maybe it was just simply that losing to the Trojans is always a serious bummer, no matter what the circumstances are.

Duck fans have hated USC for quite a while now, and lately I think Trojan fans have been getting a little nervous about Oregon taking the Pac-10/12 throne from them for good. With USC coming off probation, I think we’re going to see the development of an epic rivalry over the next couple of seasons. Stanford should begin their descent after Luck goes pro, and ASU may never get over that hump. So Oregon and the Trojans are primed to be the best two teams on the west coast (sorry Boise), playing for Pac-12 titles, BCS bowl games, and national titles year after year.

Back in the present, we have to realize that our chances at another BCS title game berth were still somewhat remote. In all likelihood, we were headed to the Rose Bowl (not a bad consolation prize), a scenario that hasn’t been compromised despite our most recent loss. However, lest we get too far ahead of ourselves, we turn our attention now to beginning a brand new winning streak as we welcome our little brothers from the north, the Oregon State Beavers, into the House of Loud for the 115th Civil War game!

The Ducks will be looking for their fourth straight win against OSU, the longest streak in the series by either team since UO won four in a row from 1994 to 1997.

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