Though it is still too early to tell, Helfrich appears to be on the right track for great things, with a superb record, a strong recruiting class — and a decisive Alamo Bowl victory to finish his first year, which is is something even Brooks, Bellotti, and Kelly were unable to pull off.
■ Steve Summers reports the Ducks have picked up JC transfer TE Jake McCreath, 6-4, 250, from Modesto Junior College to be a preferred walk-on.
■ Zach Gilliland says it should be another year for Marcus Mariota and the Duck defense.
■ Travis Haney @ESPN$ believes Eric Armstead and Marcus Mariota have something to prove nationally.
■ Oregon took care of San Francisco right from the start yesterday as they scored 5 runs in the first inning on the way to a 12-5 win.
J.B. Bryant led Oregon going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Nick Catalano finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Aaron Payne was 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored.
Oregon is back in action on Friday when they start a three-game Pac-12 Conference series at Stanford.