It’s rivalry week across the college football nation, and in the Pacific Northwest, that means No. 10 Oregon and No. 22 Oregon State are gearing up to do battle in their annual meeting on the gridiron.
Ahead of Saturday afternoon’s 126th meeting between the bitter rivals, Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith highlighted the meaningfulness of the series and the necessity to prepare as if it’s just another game week, while also embracing the pomp and circumstance.
“Obviously a game that brings a lot of emotion and passion, and we’re going to need it,” he said. “Counting on Beaver Nation again, which they always have shown up at big games at our place, and obviously this one’s a big one again.”
To that end, the player-led locker room in Corvallis has been dialed in thus far in the early days of preparation.
“What you don’t want to over-emphasize is how much it means and then get out of our rhythm or process,” Smith added. “What we’ve done throughout the week in preparation has worked well for us. We’re not here to change that. If we don’t change that, we’ve got a chance to play well on Saturday.”
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