It's another big weekend for Oregon sports, with the national spotlight on Eugene. Let's get to the quack.
- George Schroeder has a piece today on how Oregon's marketing push over the last decade has paid off in a big way. From Joey's NYC billboard to the constant uniform changes, Oregon has pushed the envelope, and (for the most part) backed that up on the field. While Oregon is now a national brand, they aren't the elite in college football, and only winning can propel them any further.
- Adam Jude has a great piece on Boseko Lokombo, his family, and how they ended up moving from Africa to Canada. It's a great story of hard work and perseverance, and well worth the read.
- Ted Miller takes a look at Stanford's new running game. Ted has a lot of praise for the Cardinal backs, and even notes that they're putting up better stats thus far than they did last year. But the rushing defenses that Stanford has faced have been not good, and all rank 89th or worse nationally in rushing defense. Tomorrow's game will go a long way in showing if Stanford's running game is legit.
- The Oregon offensive line has been a bit of a disappointment this season. They'll need a big game from Mark Asper, who Ken Goe profiles. Asper is a true gentle giant, but he'll need to bring the toughness tomorrow. He did at ASU, when he got fired up after getting punched in the facemask. Hopefully he can bring that mean streak once again.
- Looking for tickets to the Stanford game? Well, be prepared to pay. All reserved and standing room tickets have sold out, and StubHub is reporting that standing room only tickets are being sold for $200.
- The Portland Tribune has a piece on the Ducks hopes for the rest of the season. With the Ducks having their highest early season ranking ever, it's tough not to think about what the season could hold, and even Jordan Holmes admitted that running the table is in the back of his mind. But the only way the team can get there is by working hard every single day. I'm glad that Chip's in charge.
- The Statesman-Journal profiles John Boyett, who may be the hardest-working Duck around, though he has a lot of competition in that department. Boyett was the first Oregon freshman to lead the team in tackles, and is leading the team again this season. He has a nose for the ball, an dis one of the main reasons for Oregon's improvement defensively over the past two seasons.
- Oregon football isn't the only fall sport setting team records. Oregon volleyball is off to the best start ever, but it's not time to celebrate. They face their toughest road test of the year this weekend, as they must face No. 8 California tonight and No.1 Stanford tomorrow night. Coach Jim Moore would be thrilled with a split, but that will be tough. Cal has been dominant this season and Stanford snapped Penn State's 109-match win streak earlier this season. This will be a good test for the team. Hopefully they can pull out a tough road win.
- The Oregon cross country team also faces a big test today. They are competing at the Notre Dame invitational, and on the women's side, 4 of the top 5 teams in the country will be competing.
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