The Ducks might catch a little flak nationally for giving up 41 points to Cal. Those who cover the conference, however, realize that the Bears could drop 41 on most of the teams ranked in the Top 25. The Bears have the No. 2 offense in the league for a reason. So despite that (and Marcus Mariota throwing a -- gasp! -- interception) the Ducks are in pretty good shape with Stanford coming to town.
■ David Lombardi has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota and Charles Nelson.
■ Ducks rise to #5 in the latest AP poll.
■ John Canzano explains the tie breaker system in the new college playoff system.
■ Rob Moseley looks ahead to the Stanford game and shares topics discussed by Mark Helfrich during his weekly press conference.
■ Michael Bigham has a profile of WR Darren Carrington.
■ Caleb Couturie talks about the stellar play from a trio of freshmen.
■ Dale Newton previews the Stanford game.
Communication, preparation and hustle can help ... Michael Clay and Casey Matthews made a hundred tackles a year because they were smart and physical. Neither had a sparkling 40 time, but they knew where they were supposed to be and what the offense was trying to do.