Note: Because the travel team was reviewing plays and schemes for Thursday’s game, there are no highlights to pass along from them.
Scout-team scrimmage highlights: The first play was a nice check-down by Damion Hobbs for a touchdown to Davaysia Hagger, ironic because the defense dominated play the rest of the period. … Stephen Amoako stripped a receiver and picked up the fumble, and Juwaan Williams broke up a pass in the end zone. … Cody Carriger made a stop on a short pass, and later forced a fumble in the backfield. … Stetzon Bair, Mike Garrity, David Kafovalu and Danny Mattingly all stopped running backs for little or no gain.
■ Jason Quick believes Marcus Mariota is the aura of excellence. (good read) ... and ESPN ($) has him as one of the five top impact players.
■ Andrew Greif wonders if the Oregon special team unit can slow down Stanford's exceptional kick return players.
■ Dale Newton says this year will be much different than when we played Stanford last year.
■ Joey Holland believes the Oregon defense will be the difference this year.
■ Oregon still rules the roost in the Pac-12 North.
■ Joseph Hoyt has a short Q&A with Derrick Malone.
■ Mark Schlabach gives Byron Marshall credit for taking over the bulk of the running back touches.
■ Andrew Greif gives you five things to watch for in the game tonight and provides a preview for the game.
■ Ted Miller notes Nick Aliotti's defense is quietly excelling once again.
Aliotti tweaks things every year. This season, the Ducks are blitzing less, due in large part to the myriad mobile quarterbacks in the Pac-12, a group that includes Stanford's Kevin Hogan, though their respectable 2.88 sacks per game suggest they are still getting pressure on the opposing QB.
We won't know if this turns out to be Aliotti's best unit until season's end, but it's certainly good enough to merit a spot on the marquee next to the Ducks ludicrous speed offense.
And, yes, Aliotti wouldn't mind if he and his players received some credit.
"It's about winning games but we do all take pride in our job," he said.