The Ducks are scheduled to leave Eugene at 11 a.m. PT, arrive in Richmond, Va., some five hours later, about 7 p.m. ET, and then bus to Charlottesville. The team scheduled its up-tempo Friday practice for 8 a.m. today, and had I attended, it would have been a really tight turn-around to get a report posted, race to the airport, drop bags at the charter terminal, go back through security, etc.
Fears of missing my first trip with the team danced in my head when I saw that schedule. And I'll be darned if I'm going to be that guy. This week, at least.
So, no practice for me today. Just this once. I hope.
■ Andrew Greif has five things to watch for in the game today. Of course, I think Dave's comment on this post has five better things to watch for.
■ Jason Quick has a "quick preview" of the game today.
■ Bob Laws gives you a pre-game analysis of the game today and explains a few of the plays you'll likely see from Virginia.
■ Will Virginia slow down Oregon's run game? Probably not in my opinion. Virginia is not Stanford.
■ Dale Newton has a prediction thread going for the game, comment here.
■ Ted Miller wonders, "did you know?"
Oregon’s offensive tempo was as fast as ever in Mark Helfrich’s debut as head coach. The Ducks ran one play per every 16 seconds, tied for their fastest pace in the last 10 seasons. They had eight touchdown drives that lasted two minutes or less, the most for any FBS team in Week 1. Seven of those eight drives were at least 60 yards long. Last season, Oregon had an FBS-high 45 touchdown drives that lasted two minutes or less and ran a play every 20 seconds, which was tied for the fifth-fastest pace.