Oregon earning another Pac-12 championship is no longer a certain outcome when it hosts Oregon State on Saturday.
The No. 11 Ducks (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) lost their shot at earning a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff after Utah dismantled Oregon 38-7 last weekend. The Ducks ran for a season-low 63 yards on 23 carries against the Utes after churning out at least 300 rushing yards in back-to-back games against Washington and Washington State. Mario Cristobal's team cannot afford another loss this weekend if they hope to return to the Pac-12 title game for a third straight season.
The Beavers (7-4, 5-3) have a slim chance of going to Las Vegas with a victory over Oregon. Oregon State also needs a loss by Washington State in the Apple Cup to be the Pac-12 North representative. The Beavers took an important step forward with a 24-10 victory over Arizona State last weekend. Oregon State held the Sun Devils scoreless until the third quarter and limited them to just 266 total yards. Meanwhile, the Beavers ran for 237 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry.
Oregon leads Oregon State 66-48-10 in the rivalry series. The Beavers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Ducks with a 41-38 victory last season.
Oregon State at No. 11 Oregon
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 27 at 3:30 pm ET
Spread: Oregon -7
When Oregon State Has the Ball
For the first time in a month, B.J. Baylor had a 100-yard game. Baylor gained 150 yards on 20 carries against Arizona State, his best individual performance since running for 152 yards on 19 carries against Utah in late October. It was his sixth 100-yard game of the season, and Oregon State improved to 5-1 in those games.
Stopping Baylor won't be easy for Oregon. He sits atop the Pac-12 with 1,200 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and is averaging 6.1 yards per game. Baylor also ranks ninth among FBS players in total rushing yards. He is the ninth Oregon State player to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season and needs just 15 more yards on Saturday to move into 11th place on the Beavers' career rushing yardage list.