Quack overload today. Enjoy.
- With the Ducks entering game week, the team has begun to prepare in earnest for the highly anticipated matchup with LSU on Saturday. And, Darron Thomas is ready to play, calling the LSU game "bigger than the national championship."
- Aaron Fentress discusses the above comments from Thomas in more depth and examines the possibility of Oregon still earning an invite to the national championship game with a loss. Fentress also writes that Oregon hopes that Cowboy Stadium will not be a distraction.
- Moseley also has a practice update from yesterday, noting that Kelly said he thinks the team will have "all hands on deck" for Saturday (save for those with known long-term injuries, like Curtis White and Blake Cantu).
- In 2012 football schedule news, it was announced yesterday that the Ducks will play Fresno State. Oregon is also looking to replace Montana State as their third opponent. As Moseley notes, this will be the first time since 2005 that Oregon will have three non-BCS nonconference opponents.
- Ted Miller writes that the LSU game is an opportunity for Oregon under Chip Kelly to finally come through against a highly rated nonconference opponent. In a lighter note, Page 2 did a top 25 ranking for schools based on bands that are in some way tied to the school---Oregon and the Decemberists come in at #12. Finally, Miller has a quick rundown on all the conference week 1 games.
- Bob Clark runs down which conference coaches are on the hot seat to start the season. Not much that most of us haven't seen already: Rick Neuheisel and Paul Wulff probably have the hottest seat, with Dennis Erickson, Jeff Tedford and Mike Stoops probably starting to feel a little warm.
- David Monti writes that Trey Hardee and Ashton Eaton are the latest pair of preeminent U.S. decathletes after they took gold and silver at the recent World Championships, respectively. Lots of good quotes about Eaton as he prepares for the 2012 Olympics, so check it out.
- In other World Championship news, three more athletes with Oregon ties advanced out of the preliminary rounds of their events on Tuesday morning. OTC Elite's Jesse White (high jump) and Lauren Fleshman (5,000 m) were joined by Oregon's Matthew Centrowitz (1,500 m). Unfortunately, Andrew Wheating was unable to advance.
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