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Monday, November 28, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Sunday practice update but there isn't much to say.

Originally, coaches were scheduled to be available for interviews yesterday by Pac-12 rule, but Chip Kelly opted to cancel his availability. So, no updates from the team today.

Aaron Fentress looks ahead to the Pac-12 Championship game.

The No. 8 Ducks (10-2, 8-1) are 30-point favorites against a UCLA team (6-6, 5-4) coming off a 50-0 loss at No. 10 USC (10-2, 7-2). 

The embarrassing defeat, many believe, sealed the fate of Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel.

(It would so break my heart to put the final nail in the coffin for the Weasel.)

• Rob Moseley sets the stage for the Pac-12 title game and looks at all the stats between the Ducks and Bruins.

Ken Goe says "it's lucky for everybody that the first Pac-12 championship game is in Autzen Stadium."

Can you imagine the empty seats on display for Friday night's television audience if the UCLA-Oregon clunker had landed in Seattle, or Phoenix, San Diego, or even in the Los Angeles Coliseum?

The Ducks always will draw in Autzen. So the seats will be filled when this thing kicks off at 5 p.m.

For Autzen fans, next week's game won't be all bad, because UCLA is coached by their public enemy No. 1, Rick Neuheisel.

Ted Miller gives his Pac-12 bowl projections and has Oregon in the Rose Bowl facing the winner of the Wisconsin-Michigan St. title game.

Brian Libby at believes that beating the beavers never gets old.

Beating the beavers may not have been as dramatic this year, but as days of rain in the Willamette Valley gave way to a clear Saturday of domination this past weekend, it was a chance to stop and ponder how lofty a perch Oregon has come to occupy at this point in its history, at least for the time being.

Dale Newton grades the game against the beavs.

A four-touchdown win over the beavers is always satisfying. It was the Ducks fourth in a row in the series, and it sets up an opportunity to earn every reasonable goal for a season in which the Ducks had just 14 seniors on the roster and lost one of their best players to disciplinary issues.

Meeting Michigan State and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl is a tremendous opportunity, and now there is only one obstacle in the way, a reeling UCLA team on the verge of firing their coach.


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

Yeah...I would say beating the beavs never gets old, no matter the circumstances.