■ Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.
So far, Mark Helfrich likes what he’s seen from the Ducks’ response to their second loss, which knocked them out of the Pac-12 title race.
He told players after practice this has been “a really good work week” so far, and that film review showed yesterday’s practice to be the best, most physical “Wednesday” workout of the season. (The Ducks’ practice schedule is moved up a day because of the Friday game, making Tuesday of this week like a Wednesday on the practice calendar.)
But the true test, Oregon knows, comes Friday, in the mentality the Ducks bring into the game. It will be senior day, with a rival on hand. But the Ducks can’t just assume those factors will spark their intensity. They need to bring it individually, and not sit back and wait for a teammate to do so.
■ Hayden Kim and Justin Wise sat down with Josh Huff and Derrick Malone for a Q&A session recently.
■ ESPN and the Oregonian have a gallery of photos through the years of the Civil War.
■ Andrew Greif says the defense will need to improve their third down defense against the beavs.
■ Dale Newton reminds us there is still a lot to play for in this edition of the Civil War.
In a rivalry game, much like a bowl game, winning often comes down to who wants it more, which team has more effort and energy left in a season that has already played out. For 19 of the Ducks this will be their last game at Autzen. Players like Taylor Hart, Wade Keliikipi, Brian Jackson, Bo Lokombo, Avery Patterson, Ricky Heimuli, Josh Huff, Everett Benyard, Daryle Hawkins and Dustin Haines have an opportunity to end their careers undefeated against OSU, and that would be an accomplishment they'd celebrate whenever they came to visit the Hatfield-Dowlin as old men.