Ken Goe: Running back Kenjon Barner, who hadn't practiced much if at all this week with what has been variously described as a groin or hip injury, returned without apparent restriction on Thursday.
Rob Moseley: Overall, [Chip] Kelly called this another successful day of work, despite what from the sidelines seems like a methodical pace.
“We had another really good Thursday,” he said. “They’re really focused and concentrating on what we need to do to get better.”
• Ted Miller has his predictions for Pac-10 games and "what to watch for" in the Pac-10. Here are both concerning Oregon.
Oregon 35, Arizona State 20: This will be -- by far -- the best defense Oregon has faced. If Sun Devils fans care, I just spent two minutes staring at my screen thinking, "Upset?" (sorry Ted, don't think so)
Is Oregon's offense that good? Oregon ranks No. 1 in the nation in total offense and scoring offense. It ranks No. 2 in rushing offense. But the Ducks haven't played anyone with a defense as fast and as talented at Arizona State. Quarterback Darron Thomas withstood the atmosphere of Tennessee, but how will he do against a defense that can run with the Ducks?
• Rob Moseley discusses the revamped ASU offense.
So while ASU’s offense might resemble Oregon’s prior to the snap, the Sun Devils are much more inclined to throw the ball, while Oregon is a run-based spread team.
In other words, Threet appears to be no Darron Thomas in the running game.
• Sports Illustrated sits down with Chip Kelly and they discuss reader submitted questions in this video.
• The Armenian Demon tells it like it is and Oregon's #1 fan puts a fork in the Sun Devils.