Scout-team scrimmage highlights: Play of the day was by quarterback Ty Griffin, who tucked the ball away on the fourth snap of the 10-minute period and ran around end for a touchdown. A player on the sideline approved: “That boy’s got wheels!” … The defense did a better job of containing Griffin the other times he opted to run. Michael Manns forced him out of bounds the next time, and Ivan Faulhaber got past an offensive tackle for a sack. … Haniteli Lousi had a block that helped spring Tony James for a long run. … Glen Ihenacho intercepted a pass, and fellow freshman safety Khalil Oliver broke up two others. … Jordan Kurahara had a sack, as he seems to do each week in these scrimmages.
■ Andrew Greif wonders if the win streak against Cal will continue against Cal.
■ Ryan Kostecka says the young wide receivers have the Ducks firing on all cylinders and takes a closer look at Charles Nelson.
■ Chantel Jennings has a good story on Royce Freeman.
■ The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers all predict an Oregon victory tonight.
■ Tyson Alger wonders if a possible telecom merger might lead to DirectTV carrying the Pac-12 Network games.
■ Dale Newton likes the steady improvement of the Oregon defense and taking care of the ball during the rest of the schedule will be vital.