Other observations: Helfrich said the offense started the day well, and the defense finished strong. Obviously the goal is to both start and finish well, so the Ducks will continue sharpening up over the next two weeks. … Helfrich said the Rose Bowl game plan should be in by Saturday when the Ducks break for the holidays. He said at this point in bowl prep, coaches tend to try some “exotic” things that can lead to some of the inconsistency by players. As coaches hone the game plan, that should help players get dialed in. … Special teams periods were spent on the kickoff return and punt teams.
■ Gary Laney lists the reasons he believes Oregon will take it all.
■ David Lombardi says Oregon has the most to prove during the upcoming Pac-12 bowl season.
■ Chantel Jennings has Marcus Mariota's "flip" to Royce Freeman as one of the impact plays during the Pac-12 regular season.
■ Royce Freeman was selected as the running back for the ESPN true freshman All-America team.
■ Caleb Couturie looks at the "freshman factor" for Oregon and FSU.
■ Laura Brehm takes a closer look at the other #8 on the Ducks roster.
■ Four star QB Travis Waller plans to enroll early to start his Oregon career.
■ Paul Jones wonders if the next man up to replace Ifo will be the key to the game against FSU.