“We don’t think it’s irony; it’s part of our plan,” [Chip] Kelly said. “Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.
“That’s something we've tried to make our players understand. ... If you can take care of things on a daily basis, hopefully you’ll get an opportunity to play in games like this.”
• The early line at Las Vegas has the Ducks opening as 8.5 point favorites.
• Jerry Thompson @FishDuck.com sits down with senior LB Michael Clay for a little Q&A session.
• You'll find a couple of Oregon players (Kenjon Barner and Hroniss Grasu) on the second and third team CBS All-America team.
• Ted Miller wonders if the Pac-12 can go 8-0 in the upcoming bowl season. I wouldn't count on it with the fuskies and beavs playing.
• Kenjon Barner is not one of the finalists for the Heisman trip to New York but gets a nice mention.
Oregon running back Kenjon Barner rushed for a school-and-USC-opponent-record 321 yards and scored five touchdowns in the Ducks’ 62-51 win over the Trojans in the Coliseum in early November. The brilliant performance led to a Barner Heisman boomlet that later subsided, but for a a couple weeks it looked like the Duck standout was headed to New York.
• Ken Goe says the Heisman process is long on hype and short on substance. (gotta agree)
It looks now as if Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel could be the first freshman ever to win the award.
Is he really better than Oregon's Kenjon Barner or USC's Marqise Lee, two guys who didn't make the final cut?
How could you ever know?