Oregon has a criminally underrated and consistent defense, placing in the top three in the Pac-12 in yards per play and takeaways in each of the last four seasons. I’ll stick with Oregon for now.
■ Ted Miller grades the bye week set up for Oregon this fall.
Sept. 21 (before visit from California) and Nov. 2 (before visit to Stanford)
This is a solid set-up in terms of breaking up the season into manageable bits (three games, five games, four games). It's also nice to have an off week before beginning Pac-12 play. And, obviously, it would seem to benefit the Ducks to have a bye before facing Stanford. But that advantage is written off by the Cardinal also having the same off weekend before the critical Thursday night clash. Grade? B.
■ Mark Flores has the latest recruiting updates.
■ Hroniss Grasu was named to the 2013 Rimington Trophy watch list yesterday.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football.
■ The softball team is hosting the Super Regionals this weekend at Howe Field where they will take on Nebraska in a best of three series.
■ Bryan Holt looks at the baseball team and tries to deliver some postseason insights..