Rob: Chip Kelly said he's been happy with the week of preparation so far, and saw good focus Thursday, which is what he's looking for out of that workout.
He said there's still no change in the status of Cliff Harris in his eyes.
Ken: Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas jogged out of Oregon's closed practice Thursday in Autzen Stadium.
He was wearing a brace on the injured left knee that kept him out of last week's game at Colorado. But I expect him to start Saturday when No. 7 Oregon (6-1, 4-0) plays Washington State (3-4, 1-3) at noon in Autzen.
• Do you have an Oregon season ticket and would you like tickets to a possible inaugural Pac-12 Championship game? Sounds like you'll get a ticket but maybe not in your regular seat.
• Tennessee Tech confirms they will be coming to town for a non-conference game at Autzen next year.
• David Melo at FishDuck.com opens the history book and looks at Oregon's improbable win over undefeated WSU at Pullman in 2001.
• John Canzano notes the future looks good in the hands of Bryan Bennett and DAT.
Consider that with injuries to Thomas and LaMichael James we've had a chance to see De'Anthony Thomas and Bennett zig-zag around the field as if it were a Tecmo Bowl game. There's Tra Carson, too. Wow. And even as Oregon is 6-1 and in the running for a Bowl Championship Series berth, these guys make you think that what the Ducks have is sustainable.
• Ted Miller advises of what to watch for in the Pac-12 this week and includes this tidbit on Oregon:
Oregon is probably not going to have much trouble with Washington State at home on Saturday, though, of course, you never know. The big issue will be whether quarterback Darron Thomas or running back LaMichael James play.
It's not really about how much they play or even how effective they are. It's more about them being ready to go for a crucial two-game road trip: at Washington on Nov. 5 and at Stanford on Nov. 12. Those are games when the Ducks will want -- need? -- to be at full strength.
• Here come the predictions for the WSU game. Ted Miller and Jason Vondersmith both predict an easy Oregon victory.