The Ducks, after whipping Nevada and Missouri State over the past two weeks, were looking forward to something a big more meaningful.
“You want to win a Pac-12 championship and it starts this week,” Oregon offensive lineman Carson York said. “A loss this week and that makes that really difficult. We have to get off to a good start this week. We all know that.”
• Rob Moseley had some game day travel plans and provides links to some pre-game stories from around the country.
• Steve Duin shows the U of O a little love in this story.
Whatever your baggage, your colors, your fight song, it's hard not to root these days for the University of Oregon, given how few institutions in this timid state have similar ambition.
Those aspirations are most noticeable in the athletic department, where Phil Knight's money and marching orders have reshaped the track and football programs, rebuilt the athletic facilities and elevated UO to a national brand. ESPN's Colin Cowherd reported Thursday that only the University of Florida Gators are more popular than the Ducks among college-sports fans 17 years old and younger.