Many in the media anticipate the Ducks winning their first eight going into Los Angeles against USC on Nov. 3. But there is at least two games before then — and two games after — where things could get dicey for Oregon.
Sept. 29: Oregon at WSU (in Seattle); Oct. 6: Washington at Oregon; Nov. 10: Oregon at Cal and Nov. 17: Stanford at Oregon.
Steve goes on to break down his reasoning for each game here.
• Rob Moseley notes the University of Oregon is taking steps to institute random drug testing of its student-athletes.
• Adam Jude reports one of the Ducks most productive hitters on the baseball team, Aaron Jones, has left the team to beocme a firefighter.
Jones, a catcher/outfielder, was drafted in the 18th round of MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies last month. Friday was the deadline for draft picks to sign with MLB clubs, but Jones did not sign. He would have two more seasons of eligibility left to compete for the Ducks — or another school, should he choose to transfer — but head coach George Horton said Jones' desire to become a firefighter is a "done deal."