Scout Team Highlights: As usual, today began with a 10-minute 11-on-11 period for the non-travel squad. Essentially, the scout team. Darren Carrington opened the period with a nice catch in traffic, Davaysia Hagger made another three plays later and Austin Daich added a third to end the period. Lane Roseberry had a long breakaway run, while outside linebackers Mike Garrity and Ivan Faulhaber had tackles on the edge to prevent similar plays. Damion Hobbs scrambled for a nice gain after not being able to find an open receiver, provided both time in pass protection and then a running lane by an offensive line of Jamal Prater, Evan Voeller, Doug Brenner, Jake Pisarcik and Matthew McFadden. Faulhaber and Tyree Robinson blanketed receivers and forced Hobbs to throw the ball away on another rep.
Then the travel squad (no, the Ducks aren't traveling this week, but that's the terminology) took the field. The first period features the entire defense dropping back, an interception being thrown and the unit reversing field to block for the returner, as they did for a couple of long ones at Virginia. Yes, they really do practice just about any scenario that might come up.
■ Avery Patterson looks to rebound against Cal after getting injured last year against the same team.
■ Andrew Grief and Ryan Kostecka give you a few things to look for during the game today.
■ Jason Quick preview the game today and has Oregon winning comfortably.
■ Dale Newton believes it could be a breakout game for Thomas Tyner and Derrick Malone.
■ Eugene Daily News see a big win for Oregon. Personally, I am going Oregon 72-10.
■ If you are going to the game today you better be prepared, the weather will be nasty.
■ John Canzano sat down with Nick Aliotti to talk a little football, the game today and other topics and there's a link to the complete podcast.
■ Is this the year for the Pac-12 (specifically Oregon) to win the big prize?
■ Ted Miller wonders did you know?
Oregon has scored touchdowns on 59.5 percent of its offensive drives this season, the highest rate in the FBS. Over the last 10 seasons, only two FBS schools (2008 Tulsa and 2011 Wisconsin) scored TDs at a more efficient rate through their first four games of a season.