■ David Lombardi reviews the Pac-12 North runnings backs and has Oregon at the top of the list. Ted Miller and Kyle Bonagura also talk about the Duck offense and running backs for 2015.
The Ducks' backfield stable may be the envy of the country. There's depth and skill versatility here. Royce Freeman brings the bruising presence, and it's frightening to realize that he may inflict even more hurt now that he's no longer a true freshman. Thomas Tyner is an excellent blur-speed No. 2. Though he's shifted to more of a receiving role, Byron Marshall shouldn't be discounted -- he's one of the most versatile weapons in the Pac-12. Don't sleep on incoming speedster Taj Griffin, either: Like Freeman last year, he'll have a chance to grab playing time by the horns this fall.
■ Andrew Greif says Don Pellum is a lot more "settled" now that he will be entering his second year as defensive coordinator.
■ Tyson Alger continues his series on our opponents this year and USC is next up.
■ Noah Smith wonders if Royce Freeman will be the next Oregon MVP.
If Oregon is going to make another playoff or National Championship run, then Freeman is going to have to set the tone for every game, showing opponents that the reports of Oregon’s softness have been highly exaggerated.