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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Weekly Poll Results

Will ESPN Gameday be in Eugene for the Cal game and will the Ducks beat Cal?
Gameday will be there with bells on! 44% (4 votes)
Gameday has no respect for NW teams! 0% (0 votes)
Oregon crushes Cal 44% (4 votes)
Bears win a close one 0% (0 votes)
To close to call 11% (1 votes)
Total voters for this poll: 9

The next poll will be available for 2 weeks as Oregon doesn't play again until October 13th. The new poll poses the question, "How many points will Oregon score against Wazoo?" Let the voting begin!


Heart Breaker

It was a fantastic day at Autzen yesterday, at least until the last few seconds of the 4th quarter. A fumble through the Cal end zone by Colvin ended Oregon's undefeated streak.

We had our chances but turnovers cost us this game. We spent the entire day at the stadium. First was the Gameday show with thousands of fans turning out. Corso didn't let us down either as he put on the Duck head. Next came the tailgater with lots of friends showing up.

Even with the loss it was still a great day to be a Duck fan. Oregon gets to take a week off before taking on WSU on Oct. 13th. I took my camera and posted all of the pictures at my Flickr site, check them out if you have a minute.


Friday, September 28, 2007

Cal vs Oregon Preview

On the eve of this seasons biggest game to date for these 2, undefeated ,top 11 teams, you can expect the unexpected.

Both offenses are high powered with talented receivers. Both have running backs who can break it open.

The key to this game will be defense and special teams and a surprise play or two on offense. I believe the Ducks have the edge on both sides of the ball and while the Bears will put up some numbers they won't be able to stop Oregon from winning the game.

The memory of last years debacle will be on the minds of all Oregon players but specially Dennis Dixon. This matchup is where things started going downhill last year. Dixon won't let that happen again.

The crowd will be a huge factor at Autzen and the ESPN Gameday crew adds another dimension of excitement and opportunity for these Ducks. This contest will provide you with some tricks and lots of treats.

Oregon 42 - Cal 28


Thursday, September 27, 2007

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit Week 5 Update

Here is one of Gameday's announcers thoughts on the Cal -Oregon matchup along with his "Top 5" for week five of the NCAA season.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

ESPN Gameday Coming to Eugene

It's official, ESPN Gameday will be in Eugene for the Cal game this Saturday. It was just announced on the local news stations, the location of the set is to be determined no later than tomorrow afternoon.

This is a huge game for both teams. The Cal Bears are ranked 5th, the Ducks 11th. I have heard and read both sides of the predictions but one thing is common, it should be close.

Stay tuned for updates on the location, I will update this post when it has been announced.

Update - The Gameday crew will set up shop in the Media parking lot which is on the South end of Autzen stadium.


Monday, September 24, 2007

The Darth Vader Blues

Being the huge Star Wars fan that I am (and a somewhat sick sense of humor), this video cracked me up. I hope you enjoy it!

May the Force be with you!

Oregon - Stanford Highlights

Here are 3 pass plays from Saturday's victory over Stanford. There was no audio associated so I just added the Oregon fight song. One of the passes is to Colvin (#3) and the other 2 are Jasion Williams (#4).


Seahawk - Cincinatti Game

Jake & I went to the Seahawk game yesterday, thanks to Hairofthedawg! We had a fabulous time and as an added bonus the Seahawks beat the Bengals. I took some photos and you can view them at Flickr. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Weekly Poll Results

Winning Margin at Stanford?
Under 10 8% (1 votes)
11-20 25% (3 votes)
21-30 33% (4 votes)
Over 30 33% (4 votes)
Ducks first loss 0% (0 votes)
Total voters for this poll: 12

The folks that voted for the 21-30 choice picked correctly as the Ducks won by 24. This weeks poll will feature 2 questions and you can choose 2 answers. Will ESPN Gameday come to Eugene for the Cal game and will the Ducks beat Cal? Let the voting begin!

Oregon 55 -Stanford 31

Not the prettiest game the Ducks have played this year but the Oregon defense stepped it up in the 2nd half after allowing Stanford 31 points in the first half, most of them coming in the 2nd quarter when Oregon turned the ball over 3 times.

Oregon trailed the Cardinal 31-24 at the end of the 2nd quarter and Duck fans had to be a little nervous when play started in the 3rd quarter.

"It started opening up in the second half," Dixon said. "We started to stretch it out and find the open guy. I knew someone would step up and Cameron Colvin did that."

Oregon, the Pac-10 leader in scoring and total offense, was held to 48 yards during the second quarter, when they allowed 28 points to Stanford. The Ducks recovered nicely in the second half and finished with 589 yards.

"Coach said it was up to each of us," Colvin said. "We made the adjustments and executed them. We calmed ourselves down and played the way we can."

With Brian Paysinger out with a leg injury, Colvin became Dixon's favorite target. The senior receiver caught a career-high eight passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.

Jeremiah Johnson scored the go-ahead touchdown midway through the third quarter and Jonathan Stewart (pictured), who rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries, also scored as the Ducks (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) started with four wins for the second straight season.

The Ducks, who entered the game third nationally in turnover margin, turned the ball over more in one quarter than their previous three games combined. The three fumbles in the second quarter resulted in three Stanford touchdowns. The Ducks finished with 3 turnovers compared to Stanford's 2.

Oregon faces Cal next week at home. The Ducks will need to play solid defense for all 4 quarters and limit their turnovers if we want to keep an undefeated record. The Bears won yesterday and are 4-0 after beating Arizona 45-27.

ESPN Gameday in Eugene next week anyone?


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Jonathan Stewart's 88 yard TD

Here is J. Stew's 88 yard run against Fresno St. last week. Enjoy FrenchDuck! Expect more of the same tonight against Stanford.


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Oregon vs Stanford Preview

In the infamous words of Darth Vader, "all too easy." I am sure that Bellotti has hammered home the obvious, "we can't look past the Cardinal" but I can't see how the Ducks can lose this one.

Even over at the Stanford blog this is what they have to say, "And I fully expect Oregon to take it to Stanford. It’s just a bad matchup for the Cardinal, has been for years. (I’m not sure it’ll be 48-10, but I’d be surprised if its close early in the fourth quarter.)"

Oregon by 27.


Oregon Impresses Pac-10

Oregon (3-0) is averaging 325.67 yards rushing, behind only Navy (378.67) and West Virginia (343.67) in the national rankings. The Ducks seem to be leading a trend in the Pac-10, where rushing numbers are up almost across the board. Overall, Oregon has the top offense in the Pac-10, averaging 519.3 yards and 46.3 points.

Dixon has thrown for 565 yards and seven touchdowns, and is the only quarterback in the Pac-10 who hasn't been intercepted. He's also rushed for 339 yards and three scores. Jonathan Stewart is averaging 114.3 yards rushing, second in the Pac-10, and is the league leader in all-purpose yards with an average of 171.

Oregon (3-0) opens conference play this Saturday at Stanford, which is coming off a 37-0 victory over San Jose State. Jim Harbaugh, the new Cardinal coach, is well aware of Oregon's offensive strength. "I think that's what everybody's trying to figure out -- how to slow them down," Harbaugh said.

Stanford will be hard pressed to stop the "O" train on Saturday!


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Top 25 Poll

The new top 25 college football polls came out earlier today and Oregon got the 13th spot in both polls.

A variety of factors helped the Ducks cause this week. Nebraska and UCLA losing along with the strong showing by Michigan over Notre Dame had a big influence on the voters. Of course, the winning margin over Fresno St. probably had something to do with it also.


Fresno St. 21 - Oregon 52

This time Dennis Dixon left the dramatics to Jonathan Stewart.

While Dixon threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Jonathan Stewart ran for 165 yards. Stewart scored two touchdowns, including a flashy 88-yard dash (pictured) to the end zone, and the Ducks (3-0) outrushed the Bulldogs 307-60.

Stewart's 88 yard scoring run was the longest ever at Autzen Stadium, and it was the longest for a Ducks player for a TD since Bob Smith ran 92 yards for a score against Idaho in 1938.

"The sky's the limit right now. This offense is really clicking," Dixon said.

While not posting the gaudy numbers he did in Oregon's 39-7 victory over Michigan the previous weekend, Dixon was solid, completing 14 for 20 passes for 139 yards and running for 59 yards.

The win was Mike Bellotti's 100th as coach at Oregon and the school's suspended mascot even got to watch -- though not from the field.

The Duck, suspended a game for beating up the Houston Cougar in the opener, did make a brief appearance in one of the television booths and received rousing applause from fans at Autzen.

Next week opens Oregon's Pac-10 season with a trip to Stanford.


Weekly Poll Results

Duck MVP for Fresno St. Matchup?
Dennis Dixon 33% (3 votes)
Jonathan Stewart 67% (6 votes)
Jeremiah Johnson 0% (0 votes)
Brian Paysinger 0% (0 votes)
Defense 0% (0 votes)
Other 0% (0 votes)
Total voters for this poll: 9

The J. Stew voters had this game figured out, nice job! This weeks question will be, "Winning margin at Stanford?" Let the voing begin.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Duck Mascot Frenzy

This whole incident is being completely overblown. From newspapers, sports websites and blogs, just about anywhere you turn there is a story about this "attack" during the Houston - Oregon game 2 weeks ago.

In my opinion it was all in good fun between the 2 mascots. Most of it being staged and I don't believe the "Duck" would have been suspended except for the "hip thrust" moves he put on the Cougar mascot.

So will we see the debut of the Daisy Duck mascot tomorrow?


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Jake's Football Team Wins 1st Game

Jake had his first game Tuesday. His team won 40 - 14. Jake had 6 tackles and a block that lead to a kick off return touchdown. Way to go Jake!! There are a couple of more pictures that Chris sent me over at Flickr.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fresno St. vs Oregon

If past performance is any indicator of future results the Ducks will be the victor in Saturday's match up against the Bulldogs.

Although we have won the last 4 contests, it was only by a combined margin of 17 points. This year, circumstances should contribute to a victory margin for the Ducks of at least 14 points.

Coming off a triple overtime loss to Texas A&M, Fresno St.(1-1) will be without their 2 starting running backs. Oregon is rated 9th against the run in the Pac-10, and although the Ducks improved against Michigan, it still remains to be seen whether Oregon can consistently put a stop to the big running plays.

Tom Brandstater, the Fresno St. quarterback, is mobile, tough and has made much better decisions this year versus last. He has 4 touchdown passes with only 1 interception but will find he has to throw against a solid corps of Duck backs.

All in all, I believe the Ducks "D" will pressure Brandstater, disrupting their game plan and forcing situations that will lead to turnovers. On offense, look for Dixon to continue where he left off. Running and passing Oregon to victory!

From a different perspective, check out a Fresno St. bloggers take on the game by clicking here.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Never Forget 9-11

Where were you?

Dixon Named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week

Oregon QB Dennis Dixon was named the Pac-10 Conference’s offensive player of the week for his performance in the Ducks’ 39-7 win over Michigan on Saturday.

Dixon is Oregon’s first player of the week honoree since J.D. Nelson and Paul Martinez took the defensive and special teams honors, respectively, the week of Sept. 9 last season. He is the Ducks’ first offensive player of the week since quarterback Kellen Clemens the week of Sept. 3, 2005.


Monday, September 10, 2007

Poll Results

Where will the Ducks be Ranked in the Polls Next Week?
1-5 0% (0 votes)
6-10 17% (1 votes)
11-15 17% (1 votes)
16-20 33% (2 votes)
21-25 33% (2 votes)
Didn't make the top 25 0% (0 votes)
Total voters for this poll: 6

There are 2 correct answers for this one depending on which poll you look at. On the AP poll the Ducks are ranked 19th and on the USA Today poll they are ranked 21st.

The new poll asks the question, "Duck MVP for Fresno St. Matchup?" Let the voting begin!