Key stretch: The Ducks visit Washington and Stanford on back-to-back November weekends. The Huskies are bitter rivals and the Cardinal are the Ducks' chief competition -- from our preseason perspective -- for the division championship. The visit to Seattle could set up for a proverbial "looking ahead" game, but the hate Oregon fans have for Washington might prevent that.
• Andy Mac notes that Oregon picked up another television game this fall bringing the total to five so far.
The early Pac-12 football television selections for Fox Sports Net, Versus and FX were announced by the conference on Wednesday with FX picking up Oregon's home game vs. Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 12:30 p.m. PT.
• Dale Newton comnitues looking at possible 2012 recruits and likes what he sees in Ellis McCarthy.
McCarthy is a 6-5, 310-lb. sack monster from Monrovia High School in Monrovia California. As a junior he had 53 tackles and 14 sacks, and he's being pursued by every top program in the country.
• George Schroeder has a good feature story on the waiting game Spencer Paysinger is playing due to the NFL lockout.
For concrete impact, though, here’s Paysinger. With his economics degree in hand, he went home after the BCS Championship game to prepare for a career.
“I’ve put everything outside of football on hold,” he says, and we shouldn’t blame him for trying — even after he wasn’t drafted.
But while all of pro football is on hold, no one feels the effect more than guys, like Paysinger, who just want to take their best shot.