Oregon practiced today as the No. 9 team in the nation in both major polls. In the AP poll, the Ducks remained ninth, even though then-No. 8 Nebraska lost this week, as Clemson jumped from 13th to eighth. In the USA Today poll, the Ducks moved up two spots from No. 11, with Nebraska, South Carolina and Virginia Tech all falling out of the top 10 but Clemson going from No. 15 to No. 8 after beating the Hokies for its third straight win over a ranked opponent.
• Lucas Clark reports on the preparations for the Cal game and says the secondary will need to be ready for their improved passing game.
For the second straight game, Oregon’s secondary will be put to the test against some of the Pac-12’s best receivers in Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones.
• Ken Goe asked LB Michael Clay how his recovery was coming now that he is practicing again.
"I've just been running around, trying to work out the kinks with the injury," Clay said. "We'll see how it goes the next couple days."
• LMJ leads the country in three statistical categories.
James tops all FBS players in rushing (152.25 yards), in all-purpose yards (226.75) and punt returns (22.80).
• John Canzano had a nice chat with former Oregon QB Joey Harrington and makes the audio podcast available.
• Adam Jude asked Kenjon Barner if Cal had a "blueprint" for stopping the prolific Duck offense.
Kenjon Barner chuckled at the idea that California has come up with the “blueprint” to slow down Oregon’s offense. “We’ll find out,” Barner said, looking forward to the ninth-ranked Ducks’ Thursday night rematch against the Golden Bears. “I’m sure there are plenty of teams that have tried. I don’t think there’s a particular blueprint to stop this offense.”