Rob: Overall, coach Chip Kelly said he was pleased with the workout today. Because the Ducks didn't play Saturday, he said coaches were able to implement a little bit more of their game plan for Arizona than they typically would on a Monday-type practice.
Chris: Kelly also maintains that his team's psyche hasn't changed since their narrow escape from the Bay Area. The Ducks' 2-point victory has been their closest margin of victory this season, though Kelly says his team's attitude has remained virtually unchanged.
• Oregon remains #1 in the AP and coaches poll along with the BCS.
• Lindsay Schnell looks at the weekend action of future Ducks in her continuing series, "Friday Night Lights, Oregon Ducks style."
• Adam Jude reports that Oregon has received a verbal commitment from five star LB recruit Anthony Wallace.
Rivals.com rates the 6-foot, 220-pound Wallace, a senior at Skyline High School in Dallas, as the No. 4 middle linebacker in the country. Scout.com ranks him fifth at that position.
“Oregon wasn’t originally a school on my list at first, but after taking my official visit I learned about their sports marketing program and they jumped to the top of my list," Wallace told the website. "My parents love the idea that I’m picking a school for books and not just for football.”
• Ron Bellamy reports that the U of O will be getting a new football operations center courtesy of Phil and Penny Knight.
The L-shaped, stand-alone six-story structure, which will be “unsurpassed in the country,” according to a UO news release, will be entirely financed by donors Phil and Penny Knight. It will be constructed to the west and north of the Casanova Center, which has housed UO intercollegiate athletics offices for almost 20 years.
• Aaron Fentress looks back and notes that the Ducks have been close to playing for a national championship a couple of times in the recent past.
This is hardly foreign territory for Oregon. In fact, the program has been two victories and a knee ligament from reaching the national championship three times in the previous nine seasons. For players from those teams, seeing these Ducks accomplish what they could not would bring some closure.
"If they win, we all win as alumni," Seattle Seahawks rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond said. "We really want them to go and bring it home."