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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

CBS wonders if there is an upset in the making today. Uhhh, let me think about that, don't think so.

Kirk Herbstreit picked Oregon previously but talks about Stanford's strengths.

Bob Clark adds fuel to the upset fire by taking a deeper look at the Stanford "fearsome" Cardinal D-line.

Ted Miller likens the matchup to a couple of my favorite cartoon characters.

Oregon is on track for its fourth consecutive outright Pac-12 title. As ESPN's Brad Edwards noted this week : "If [the Ducks] can win [the Pac-12 title game] again this season, they will join John McKay's USC teams from 1966 to 1969 as the only groups in the history of that conference to win four consecutive outright titles." 

Opponents haven't been able to slow down the Ducks' potent offense for four quarters. So Oregon is historically good. 

And Stanford, though on a historically good run for its own program, has been the Wile E. Coyote to the Oregon Roadrunner.

Adam Jude has a nice piece on Carson York's progress.

Aaron Fentress previews today's game and has Oregon winning.

Joel has an in depth preview and likes the Ducks.

Chip Kelly is one of eighteen coaches on the watch list for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award.

• Ted Miller wonders "did you know."

Oregon is the only team in FBS to have at least two touchdown drives in two minutes or less in all of its games this season. The Ducks have scored 14 touchdowns in two minutes or less in three games against Stanford since Chip Kelly took over in 2009, including five such touchdowns in each of the last two games against the Cardinal. Those are the only two games in the last eight seasons in which Stanford has allowed five or more such touchdown drives.

• Rob Moseley  predicts an Oregon victory and will be interested to see... Mariota factors into the run game. Recall the 2010 Oregon-Stanford game, when Darron Thomas -- no track star -- was unleashed on the ground, running 15 times for 117 yards. Of course, Chip Kelly would say the Ducks were just taking what the defense gave them. But I suspect there's a little more emphasis from Oregon on the quarterback keeping the ball when something like that happens. Mariota's shoulder problems the last two weeks, and unwillingness to slide feet first, might preclude the Ducks from calling many runs for him. But if they do, history shows Oregon has hurt the Stanford defense that way.

My prediction: 48-10 Oregon. Chrome dome, green jersey, black pants.


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