When you've won as many games as Oregon over the last four years, there are lots to choose from. The Wisconsin win in the 2012 Rose Bowl (2011 season) got them over the BCS hump. They've gone 4-0 in the Civil War and owned Washington. But one of the most impressive victories I’ve seen in person was the 53-30 win at No. 4 Stanford in 2011. LaMichael James was electric with 146 yards and three touchdowns and the defense forced five Stanford turnovers. The win put Oregon back in the national title hunt (at least for a week, then that whole USC thing happened) and snapped Stanford’s 17-game winning streak.
■ Phil Steele ($ESPN Insider) predicts what the AP top 25 preseason ranking will look like later this fall and has Oregon at #3.
■ The Sporting News likes Oregon vs Oklahoma in the inaugural College Football Championship game.
■ Andrew Greif wonders which Oregon LB will benefit the most now that Tyrell Robinson has transferred.
■ Dale Newton introduces you to freshman WR Jalen Brown and wonders if he'll see action in 2014.
■ Jake Tabor @ATQ has another moment that matters as he looks at Avery Patterson intercepting a pass against UCLA last year.
■ Tyson Alger says Tommy Thorpe will likely end his Oregon career as one of the team's all time greats.
The Oregon junior threw a complete game against Cal, allowing a lone run and six hits while striking out eight in a Ducks win. He treated the fans from start to finish, and they were left applauding on their feet as Thorpe recorded the final out.
It was a fitting way for Thorpe's regular season to end, and now, it looks like an even better way for him to go out as an Oregon Duck.