Chris: While severe weather conditions aren't necessarily in the forecast for Friday's game against Arizona, Kelly addressed questions as to whether or not he believed his team had an advantage heading in to the game.
"Sometimes I think more is put in to that than it is," remarked Kelly. "It is what it is. They're a real strong team and I got a lot of respect for Mike (Stoops). I don't think the weather is going to be a factor in this game."
Rob: LaMichael James did run plays with the first-team offense today, after being limited Tuesday. Kenjon Barner also took quite a few snaps with the ones, so it will be interesting to see how they share reps come Friday.
• Mark Asper and Bo Thran will have their hands full trying to keep Arizona DE's from getting to DT according to Rob Moseley.
• Ted Miller has his "what to watch in the Pac-10" story posted and wonders if AZ's "D" can hang with the Ducks for four quarters.
• Jason Vondersmith believes the Ducks won't falter against the Wildcats and also says that Oregon is preparing for both of their QB's.
• Bob Rickert lists the many ways the Ducks will beat Arizona.
• Oregon's defense starts with the LB's in this Jason Vondersmith story.
• The Luxurious Armenian Demon gives special thanks on Turkey Day but also doesn't mince any words when it comes to his "warning" this week. Thanks for the mention AD.
• John Canzano provides the audio of his interview with Chip Kelly yesterday on his radio show.
• Ted Miller believes Oregon's rise as a national power is not a temporary situation.
• Nick Aliotti is among the 36 candidates for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.
• George Schroeder shares a feature story from yesterday's R-G that highlights Darron Thomas. Here is a taste of how the story starts.
He didn’t lead Ole Miss to the huge upset, but only because LSU had the football (almost) last.
In case anyone had forgotten, Jeremiah Masoli can really play.
I bring this up not to revisit bad memories, but instead to point out Oregon’s new reality:
Darron Thomas is better.
Which is why Oregon is better, too, with Thomas running (and especially passing) Chip Kelly’s laser-light show.
“No question,” says an ESPN talking head (Mike Bellotti) who should know.
Good stuff so give it a read when you have a couple of minutes.