Cory Hall isn’t in the middle of the Civil War this season.
The former Oregon State interim coach is now the defensive backs coach for 1-10 Central Michigan.
But Hall’s bulletin board material from last year’s game is still lingering inside parts of Oregon’s locker room.
The most lasting memory Hall had from the Beavers’ 34-24 win in 2016 was watching the Ducks shivering on the sideline in their “fancy” raincoats when the weather and the game turned in the second half.
“And I remember thinking, ‘We’re going to beat a them. They’re not prepared for these elements,’” Hall said before the 2017 rematch.
Oregon responded with the most lopsided win in the history of the series, 69-10, at Autzen Stadium.
Some of the Ducks put on raincoats before shaking hands with the Beavers after last year’s game.
“They had on their raincoats because it was raining touchdowns,” Willie Taggart said after Oregon scored nine touchdowns and rolled up 577 yards of offense in what turned out to be his swan song leading the program.
The Ducks (7-4, 4-4), perhaps due to their recent road struggles, were mostly heaping praise on the Beavers (2-9, 1-7) this week ahead of the regular-season finale Friday at Reser Stadium (1 p.m., Fox Sports 1).
With a straight face, quarterback Justin Herbert described Oregon State as “a great team” after Tuesday’s practice.
First-year coach Mario Cristobal has brought in former Oregon players, including Pro Football Hall of Fame member Dave Wilcox, to give the current Ducks history lessons on the importance of the rivalry in the state.
“A tremendous amount of respect for them,” Cristobal said. “They’ve got a good football team, and we know that we’ll get their best, just like they’re going to get our best.”
The forecast calls for a chance of rain Friday in Corvallis with a high temperature of 50 degrees.
Oregon’s veteran offensive linemen won’t be putting on rain gear. Left guard Shane Lemieux said Hall’s comments still sting.
“They almost called us soft,” Lemieux explained. “That’s the worst description you can call anybody, in my opinion, on a football team. Just having that kind of chip on our shoulder from last year, because obviously they think the same way about us. And that’s how a lot of people still view the Oregon Ducks, as a soft team, as guys that are front-runners and guys that are just all about uniforms.
“Another game to prove that we’re more than that is really vital in this Oregon State game.”
The Ducks have won nine of the last 10 meetings in the series, including four of the last five at Reser Stadium, averaging 46.4 points per game over the span.
A victory for Cristobal’s team would give him one more win than Taggart had last year and improve Oregon’s position in the Pac-12 bowl pecking order.
A loss by the Ducks would give Oregon State something to talk about for a year.
“We’ve been really just talking about the disrespect they showed last year,” Lemieux said. “Before the game them saying expletives on our field directed at us and stomping on our O (at midfield), just stuff like that. I think we’ve got a big chip on our shoulders.
“The season obviously wasn’t what we wanted to have. We thought we would have done better. This is really our last chance to show our dominance in the Pac-12 and what we can do.”