CORVALLIS, Ore. — As Oregon and Oregon State have gone this season, so have running backs LaMichael James and Jacquizz Rodgers.

While James is a leading Heisman candidate for the top-ranked Ducks, Rodgers admits he's not been at his best for the inconsistent Beavers.

Both will have a national audience on the same field Saturday when Oregon vies to go to the national championship by claiming one more regular-season challenge, the annual Civil War rivalry game against Oregon State.

There are many similarities between the two speedy backs. Both are from Texas. Both are relatively small — Rodgers is 5-foot-7, 191 pounds and James is 5-foot-9, 185 pounds — and both have been compared to former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL great Barry Sanders.