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Monday, January 02, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Gameday folks and it's almost time for the Granddaddy of them all, The Rose Bowl, the excitement is building and all of the hard work is culminating into 60 more minutes of football this afternoon and I can't wait. Just have that feeling this time around will be a Ducks victory. Onto the stories from yesterday.

• As you can see in the video, the Pep Rally was held yesterday at the Santa Monica Pier under sunny skies. Can't go wrong when you have Joey Harrington, Braden Pape and Don Essig as guests. Looks like everyone had a grand time. Video courtesy of UOregon.

The ODE crew took some great photos at the Pep Rally.

Ted Miller pays tribute to LaMichael James and calls him one of the Pac-12's best ever.

He's the greatest player in Oregon history. And, when you list the best running backs in Pac-12 history, you need to start considering James shortly after you tick off former USC running backs Charles White and Marcus Allen.

George Schroeder thinks LaMichael James will declare for the NFL draft shortly after the Rose Bowl.

The announcement won’t come until sometime after the Rose Bowl, and that’s fine. Heck, perhaps James really hasn’t made up his mind — despite all signs to the contrary — but he’s not coming back. What’s left to accomplish? Maybe one thing.

Let’s all hope James has a big game on Monday against Wisconsin. That he can help elevate the Oregon program one more time, setting it up for bigger and even better things.

• Ken Goe talks about fan expectations and how times have changed for the Oregon football program.

• Aaron Fentress believes Kenjon Barner should stay for another year and LMJ should announce his plans eot enter the NFL draft.

• Ken Goe reports that the outcome of the Rose Bowl today won't make or break Chip Kelly's career.

Ted Miller lists his three keys to an Oregon victory.

1. Win the battle of styles (speed vs size) 2. Be special 3. Clean sheet (turnovers-penalties)

• Prediction time: The Oregonian took a poll of 16 individuals around the country and the Ducks got the majority of picks (10-6.) Rob Moseley and Ted Miller pick Wisconsin (boo-hiss.) Jared Sawyer @ has Oregon winning 38-21.

I am going with Oregon obviously, final score: Oregon 42 - Wisconsin 28.



DDubbs76 said...

Prediction time...

Wisconsin starts hot, and jumps to a surprising 24 point lead. Oregon struggles to find its legs on the ground, but does cut the lead down before halftime, 31-15.

As the second half starts, you start to see that Wisconsin didn't do enough wind sprints. The defense begins to look tired, and as a result, our ground game starts making a difference. By the end of the third quarter, you can see that the momentum has gone Oregon's way. 38-36 Badgers at this point.

The fourth quarter is LaMichael and Chip's redemption. Wisconsin is clearly not as fast, or as prepared as they once thought they were. With the ground game clicking, Chip decides it's time to air it out. Darron throws three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, two of which land firmly in Paulson's hands (one is actually a one-handed touchdown). Wisconsin struggles, as our defense looks strong.

Oregon 57
Wisconsin 41

DuckStud said...

I like it Dave...GO DUCKS!