Saturday, November 03, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Nike shares the video highlighting all the feature of the Ducks uniform they will be wearing today and has some good photos if you click through.
• Over at FishDuck.com Charles breaks down how Oregon will defeat USC, Josh W. says there is unfinished business, Joel and Josh S. preview the game.
• Wade Evanson doesn't mince any words in his wish for a big Duck victory.
Humility is a virtue lost on the men and women of Troy, and I for one hope it’s a lesson the Oregon Ducks treat them to in no small dosage 4 p.m. PST, Saturday night. It’s time to punch the clock Oregon, and I’m anxious to see what you can do on the job.
• Ted Miller asks "did you know?"
Oregon has won 12 straight road games, the longest active road winning streak in the nation. The last time the Ducks lost a road game was in 2009 against Stanford.
• Ted Miller also has a nice piece on Nick Aliotti and the Oregon defense who are finally getting the respect they deserve.
• Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at Kenjon Barner.
• Marcus Mariota still gets butterflies stepping onto a big stage and welcomes the feeling.
• Ken Goe gives Chip Kelly his due but says many before him laid the foundation for Oregon's success.
• Aaron Fentress previews the big game today and has Oregon winning 47-30.
• Adam Jude says the turnover margin will be a big key (as it nearly always is) but sees Oregon winning 45-34.
• I see the Ducks winning this one 56-35.
• Rob Moseley also likes Oregon to win, 41-32 but will be interested to see...
...how Marcus Mariota impacts this matchup. The last couple years, if you were a defensive coordinator facing Oregon, it made sense to load up against the run. You'd limit, to the extent you could, the impact of the Ducks' best player, LaMichael James. And you'd force Darron Thomas to beat you through the air (his average speed limited him as a run threat). Thomas was inconsistent enough as a passer, perhaps you'd catch him on an off night. Well, Mariota is a much more consistent thrower — and a vastly more dangerous run threat, to boot. Assuming he keeps his wits (and there's no reason to doubt that at this point) he makes Oregon a much more dynamic threat than the one USC encountered last season. Will that keep those active USC linebackers on their heels a bit? Will safety T.J. McDonald be able to play down at the line so much again?
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:29 AM