Quack Fix: Ducks prepare for Civil War and LMJ an All-American

11-0.  You know how good that feels?  Better than 10-0, but not nearly as good as 12-0.

  • Rob Moseley tabs the matchup between LaMichael James and the Beaver's Stephen Paea as a key matchup in Saturday's Civil War.  Coach Kelly's plan for trying to neutralize Paea's impact is to throw some double teams at him and hope the offensive line plays fundamentally sound football.  Paea is a beast in the middle, so I definitely don't envy the task facing Jordan Holmes.  That said, Paea can't do it all by himself, as evidenced by the fact that OSU is ranked 77th nationally against the run.
  • Moseley also takes a look at how the significance of the Civil War has grown in recent history with Saturday's matchup marking the third consecutive year that the game has had BCS implications. 
  • Bob Clark notes that with the seats under Jeff Tedford and Rick Neuheisel both starting to heat up, Cal and UCLA may shake up their coaching staffs this offseason.  Clark writes that the offensive coordinators at UCLA (Norm Chow) and Cal (Andy Ludwig) might be the most likely coaches to be replaced before next season,  Edited for clarity.
  • Following tradition, practices are closed during Civil War week.  However, that didn't stop Moseley from blogging a practice update that includes Coach Kelly claiming the team had good focus and concentration yesterday.  Chris Courtney's practice notes include comments from Kelly on James being named an All-American.  Finally, Moseley has a few award updates, including Darron Thomas being named a finalist for the Manning Award as the nation's top QB.
  • In his weekly "Rewind and Look Ahead" entry, Ted Miller highlights Josh Huff's 85-yard touchdown against Arizona as the biggest play of the week.  He also has a video blog entry on the Pac-10 looking to earn two BCS bids for the conference.  And, in case you missed it yesterday, Miller explains why Stanford is better than your team

After the jump, KVAL has a video package of quotes from former players and coaches about the civil war.  Go Ducks!!


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