'Everyone's going to be watching and pulling for a big Ducks win'

'Everyone's going to be watching and pulling for a big Ducks win'

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks are away but the game still pays for local businesses.

BCS-ranked No. 3 Oregon faces BCS-ranked No. 5 Stanford Thursday night at 6 p.m. in front of a nationally televised audience.

The outcome of the game could decide both the Pac-12 title and the composition of the BCS championship game in January. Last year, Stanford derailed Oregon's championship drive by beating the Ducks at Autzen Stadium.

So even with the home team on the road, local businesses are gearing up for a busy weeknight.

"We are so excited," said Amy Tydeman at the Side Bar. "We do great game day specials. We are smoking tri-tip, pulled pork and we have drink specials all day."

Staff at Eugene and Springfield bars and restaurants say Duck games are a win-win for them, whether at home or away.

The manager of The Cooler said he adds 50 seats to the restaurant and brings in extra staff on game days.

But watching Duck games on the 15-foot TV is less unique than it used to be.

"Over the years we've seen a little less of a crowds just because everyone in town has a big screen and everyone can get the game now," Phillip Barry said, "whereas in the past, it used to be we were one of the few places that could get the game."

That's why many University of Oregon students told KMTR NewsSource 16 they plan to watch the game at home or at a friend's house.

"When it comes down to it, when you want to go watch the Ducks play, you want to be with your friends," said student Shawn Rosenthal. "You want to be with people you can really cheer for the Ducks for with."

Wherever you are watching, Duck fans are pulling for a W.

"Everyone's going to be watching and pulling for a big Ducks win," said student Dom Pruett. "It would kind of ruin the weekend if they lose."