■ Ted Miller believes the Ducks will have the second best defense in the Pac-12 this year. Here is what he says:
As usual, the Ducks defense was better last year than most folks thought -- see 22.3 points per game, which ranked second in the conference. A big key, also as usual, was turnovers. The Ducks led the conference by forcing 34. That offset a middling 5.4 yards per play. Oregon must replace end Arik Armstead, but a rotation of healthy players might prove more effective than the talented but oft-injured first-round NFL draft pick who seemed to sport a perpetual limp. The secondary also must be rebuilt, but there's plenty of talent, and young players saw action last year because of veterans' injuries. There's so much speed and talent here at all three levels, and you'd expect second-year coordinator Don Pellum will have a better feel for how he wants to run a defense after he replaced Nick Aliotti last year.
■ Kevin Gemmell reviews the Pac-12 North quarterbacks and has Oregon in the "we"ll see" category.
■ Tyson Alger says one position battle to watch is Jalen Brown vs Alex Ofodile for a role as a wide receiver.
■ Andrew Greif talked with Joe Walker recently on the progress the defense has made this summer in this video.