Fearles: Chip Kelly will provide a brief answer to many, many questions:
Chip, are you worried about your QB making his second career start in front of 105,000 at Neyland Stadium? "No." Coach, tell us about your recruiting philosophy? "Speed." What are your feelings on LaMichael James' 229 yards rushing? "Good." Coach, I bet my sister I could get you to say two words. "Lose." Coach, you just won Pac-10 coach of the year for the second time in two years as Oregon's coach? "Thanks."
Normal: Conference winner: Oregon
It took a while to re-warm up to the Ducks after the, er, departure of He Who Shall Not Be Named. But the Ducks have so much going for them, it's hard to go against the defending champions.
• Jon Wilner reports on the latest Pac-10 conference re-alignment rumors.
• R-G reporter Chris Hansen shares his feature story on the Lobo's expectations coming into the always loud Autzen Stadium.
“As a little kid, that’s what you dream of, playing in front of loud fans, chaotic, crazy, and I’m just going to have fun with it,” [QB B.R.}Holbrook said. “We’re going to try and stay at our tempo, stay calm and collected and move the ball. … I want us to stay competitive.”
• Rob Moseley attended the practice yesterday and his this report. His highlight moments include these:
Among the highlights were a great one-handed catch of a deep ball by Eric Dungy, a loud collision in which Tony Washington floored Daryle Hawkins in the backfield, and some tight coverage by Anthony Gildon, who will start at one cornerback spot.
• Kenjon Barner made it onto the Hornung Award watch list. The award is new this year and will honor the nations best all-purpose player.
• Be sure to cast your vote for the Oregon Duck in the Capital One Mascot Challenge. This is the first time our mascot has been selected to compete in the annual event.