Well, that whole expansion thing was fun, wasn't it? On to the quack:
- Larry Scott and the Pac-12 decided not to deal with the diva. For now, they won't expand, and Texas and Oklahoma are left to figure out what to do next. I would have been OK with a Pac-16 had Texas come in equally, but it was clear they would never do that. They thrive on domination, and would rather be poorer than lower themselves to being equals with the rest of the conference.
- Jeff Nusser over at Coug Center has a good piece on expansion. He thinks that standing pat is the right decision, and I agree. The Pac-12 is one of only 3 stable conferences in the country, and is making the most money (which will continue with digitial network which is not yet monetized). Larry Scott holds all the cards, and can afford to wait and watch the rest of the college football world implode.
- Ted Miller has a piece this morning on the Ducks, and how they need to become road warriors. They are undefeated at home with Chip Kelly as coach, but they are only 9-5 on the road. I wrote about this after the Arizona game two years ago, and... I'm not sure how much has changed. Oregon was very successful on the road last year, but they also had a very favorable schedule. The home/road splits might be closer together, but the Ducks still haven't really proven themselves a road team. They are 16 point road favorites this week, and winning big would go a long ways towards taking that step into the super-elite.
- It's Wednesday, and that means another Duck Tales by keeerrrttt1. And this time he covers two of the biggest wins in school history, the 2003 and 2007 home-and-home with Michigan. It makes for some great reminiscing.
- There are two articles this morning on Arizona's air attack. Both Ken Goe and Adam Jude write about the passing game that makes up almost all of Arizona offense. Nick Foles and Juron Criner are tough to stop, even without a running threat, and will be the first major test for Oregon's secondary.
- For the most part, it's tough to get to Nick Foles because of how quickly he gets rid of the ball, but Dion Jordan will no doubt get some chances to get after the quarterback. Jordan will lead a defensive line that for the first time this season will get to really rush the QB.