I don't know about you, but I'm still smiling. What a spectacular weekend.
- Ok, we're nearing the time of the year where I will actually start looking at the polls. Oregon is the top one-loss team in the nation and that's really all that we can say at this point. In the Pac-10, the dismantling of USC made clear the best team.
Rob Moseley's story today is on the conditioning of this Oregon team. The Ducks wore down the Trojans physically (see Bair video after the jump). The changes that Kelly has brought to practice have helped turn the Ducks into one of the quickest and best conditioned in the nation.And honestly, their ability to run teams into the ground in the 3rd quarter reminds of of the USC teams in the 2002-2005 years.
- The OC Register talks as if this game was the end of the Trojan Empire, and Matt Hinton backs that up with some pretty astounding numbers. The Ducks had a chance to do something amazing, and they surpassed my wildest hopes. Now, I'm not willing to say that this is the end for USC. They are still ridiculously talented, but the rest of the Pac-10 (led by Oregon) is rising. USC has more competition in recruiting, and the level of the coaching in the Pac-10 is rising as well. It'll be interesting to see how Pete Carroll and the USC players, who were utterly flabbergasted by the loss, bounce back from their first blowout.
- As always, Ken Woody's breakdown is worth the read. Of note, Oregon's defense held USC to 4/14 on 3rd down conversions.
- The Wall Street Journal questions whether this win will actually hurt the Pac-10, and leave USC, or another Pac-10 team, out of a BCS Bowl. Arizona's loss to Washington really hurts the conference. If Arizona had not dropped that game, they could have gone 10-2, and would have had a decent shot at a BCS at-large bid.
LeGarrette Blount has no timetable for reinstatement. Kelly, the University, and the Pac-10 are now talking about it, however. I assume we'll have some more info this week.
As always, leave your links and any more comments of celebration below. There are a few videos after the jump as well. GO DUCKS!
Inside the Pac-10
Interview with Brandon Bair
Interview with Chip Kelly after the game