Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Chip Kelly talks with the media after practice yesterday and talked about preparing for the Stanford game. Video courtesy of KEZI.
• Rob Moseley sets the stage for the game against Stanford.
The Ducks (10-0, 7-0) are playing their first game of the year as the No. 1 team in the polls, though they're No. 2 in the BCS standings behind Kansas State. Oregon can clinch the Pac-12 North division by beating Stanford on Saturday, and would thus host the conference title game in two weeks, regardless of the outcome of the Civil War to close out the regular season.
• Rumor has it Bryan Bennett is also taking practice reps on defense along with De'Anthony.
• Looks like we will have some defensive players who were injured joining the team this week.
• Getting game experience in the blowout games early in the season has paid dividends according to this report.
• Kyle Long has taken a long and winding road to make it to Oregon in his final year of eligibility.
• You'll find Oregon mentioned numerous times in this edition of stat attack.
• Ted Miller takes a quick look at the game against Stanford.
Stanford leads the series 44-30-1, but Oregon has won nine of the past 10. The Ducks have scored 105 points combined in the past two games while winning each by more than 20 points. Stanford will be the highest-ranked opponent that Oregon has faced thus far this season. Both teams control their own Pac-12 destiny. If either wins its final two games, it will win the Pac-12's North Division and host the Pac-12 title game.
A key question for the Ducks is the health of their defense, which might be without several starters due to injury. Stanford has the Pac-12's best defense. Oregon has the best offense. The critical matchup is the Ducks running game, which ranks third in the nation (325 yards per game), against Stanford's run defense, which ranks No. 1 in the nation (58.6 yards per game). Of course, California did a nice job against the Ducks running game last weekend, but QB Marcus Mariota passed for 377 yards and six touchdowns.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:51 AM