When it comes to the Civil War, at least in recent history, the home team has the advantage.
For the past 10 years, the host has claimed the annual rivalry game between Oregon and Oregon State. The 111th Civil War between the No. 18 Ducks (8-3, 5-3) and the Beavers (7-4, 5-3) will be decided on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
"It's a great, great game," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. "It's a big, big game."
The rivalry between Stanford and California is the oldest on the West Coast, dating to 1892. But the Civil War has been played 110 times, one more than the so-called Big Game in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State started in 1900 and has been played 100 times. The Cougars defeated the Huskies 42-35 last Saturday in this year's edition.
Oregon has not lost a Civil War game at Autzen since 1993, when the Beavers won it 15-12. The last visitor victory was in 1996, when the Ducks won 49-13 in Corvallis.
Oregon leads the all-time series 55-45-10.
At the turn of the century, Oregon accused Oregon State of using ringers in the Civil War. In 1910, post-game fistfights canceled the next year's event. And in 1937, Eugene police were called to quell rampaging Oregon State fans.
Probably the most notorious on-field shenanigan involved Oregon's State so-called "Pyramid Play," now banned by the NCAA.
It happened in 1933 before a crowd of more than 32,000 at Portland's Multnomah Stadium. The Ducks' extra-point attempt was blocked by Clyde Devine, who was lifted off the field by his teammates.
Despite Devine's effort, Oregon still won that one, 13-3.
Some other highlights in the storied rivalry, from past to present:
Nov. 25, 1916 &
Oregon 27, Oregon Agricultural College 0. The win gave the Ducks a 6-0-1 regular-season record and sent them to their first Rose Bowl, in which they defeated Penn 14-0.
Nov. 21, 1953 &
Oregon State 7, Oregon 0. The Beavers stunned the Hayward Field crowd when Oregon quarterback Barney Holland's pass bounced off the hands of George Shaw &
the first pick of the 1955 NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts &
and was intercepted by OSU's Tommy Little and returned 30 yards for a TD.
Nov. 23, 1957 &
Oregon State 10, Oregon 7. On 4th-and-goal from the Oregon State 1-yard line, the Ducks decided against a potential game-tying field goal and went for the touchdown. Halfback Jim Shanley appeared headed for the end zone, but OSU's Nub Beamer, who had been blocked to the ground, reached up just as Shanley was about to cross the goal line and caused the most famous fumble in the series' history.
Nov. 24, 1962 &
Oregon State 20, Oregon 17. The Beavers and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Terry Baker trailed 17-6 at halftime but dominated the second half, and Baker's 13-yard touchdown pass to Danny Espalin in the fourth quarter sealed it.
Nov. 18, 1967 &
Oregon State 14, Oregon 10. A week after defeating USC and O.J. Simpson 3-0 in the mud in Corvallis, the Beavers' famous "Giant Killers" team came back from a 10-0 deficit to win the first Civil War at the new Autzen Stadium.
Nov. 19, 1983 &
Oregon 0, Oregon State 0.
Nov. 23, 1991 &
Oregon State 14, Oregon 3. Jerry Pettibone got his only win after 10 straight losses in his first season as Beavers coach when quarterback Ian Shields, playing with a broken big toe, scored on a 6-yard bootleg for the go-ahead touchdown. It was OSU's first win in Eugene in 18 years.
Nov. 19, 1994 &
Oregon 17, Oregon State 13. The Ducks entered the game tied with Southern California for the Pac-10 championship and needed a win to clinch their first Rose Bowl berth since 1957. Trailing 13-10, quarterback Danny O'Neil drove the team 70 yards, hitting Dino Philyaw for a 19-yard touchdown with 3:47 to play.
Nov. 21, 1998 &
Oregon State 44, Oregon 41, 2OT. The first-ever Civil War to be decided in overtime was won on Ken Simonton's 16-yard run into the end zone.
Last season Alexis Serna kicked a 40-yard field goal with 1:12 left to put the Beavers ahead, and Ben Siegert blocked a 44-yard field goal attempt by the Ducks in the final seconds to seal the victory.
This Saturday's Civil War could be remembered more for who didn't play. Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, once a leading Heisman candidate, is out for the season with a torn knee ligament.
Oregon State could be without tailback Yvenson Bernard, who had an arthroscopic procedure on his knee last week.
Civil War has been the home team's game in recent years