Thursday, December 03, 2009
The Degrees of Loss Separation is a simple concept, I go out and find a highly rated team with some losses playing against a crappy team with lots of losses. Next I find a chain of losses which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt (not at all) that the underdog is going to pull the major upset and storm the field. The Final Outcome is calculated simply: Add up the scores of the losers, add up the scores of the winners in the degrees of loss separation and divide both by the # of degrees.
The Game: Oregon State Beavers vs. Oregon Ducks
This seasons Civil War has implications and hate like no other. The winner of the Civil War is the Pac 10 Champion. The Winner gets a trip to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl, a game that both teams have been waiting a long time to get to. The last trip for either team was Oregon in 1995, a loss to Penn State. The last trip for the Beavers came in 1965. The rivalry is always a bitterly fought one, but with the added incentive and intensity this game is a can't miss battle.
3º of Loss Separation : Oregon State > Stanford > Oregon
The degrees is a simple beast this time around. It all starts with the Beavers knocking off Stanford at home 38-28. The Cardinal than shocked the world with their 51-42 shootout victory which thrust Toby Gerhart into the national spotlight.
Final Outcome: Oregon State Beavers 45 Oregon Ducks 35
The Beavers will head into Eugene and score at will on the Duck defense. Jeremiah Masoli will attempt to lead a mighty comeback late but will fall short as the Beavers come up with the Roses.