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The Ducks will travel to play Arizona State and their resurgent defense this Thursday. Meanwhile, over at the Pac-12 blog, Ted and Kevin examine where the conference stands at the midway point.
I don't know if it's because Matt Daddy posted his quack on Sunday night, but there seems to be a lot out there this morning. Let's get right to it:
- What's one thing that most Duck fans will admit worry them about this team? Needing a field goal late in the game. Adam Jude has a story on the Oregon kicking game and a confident-sounding Rob Beard.
- Adam Jude writes that Oregon's defensive depth will be tested against the Sun Devils with Isaac Remington's suspension and Michael Clay's availability questionable after missing the washington game.
- Thursday's game will be a trip home for Tyler Johnstone who went to high school in nearby Chandler. Johnstone and the rest of the offense will have their work cut out for them as the ASU defensive line currently ranks second in quarterback sacks and tackles for loss.
- Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell have a mid-season review of the Pac-12 with Marcus Mariota being tabbed as the top newcomer (with Taylor Kelly earning offensive MVP). Miller also has a team review for the Ducks.
- Bob Clark's piece today focuses on the Big Game taking place this weekend rather than in November, the earliest date the rivalry has ever been played. With the conference championship game taking up the final weekend of the regular season it is more likely that scheduling conflicts will require such flexibility.
- The Oregonian has a summary of how NFL players with ties to the state fared over the weekend. Jairus Byrd had two interceptions for Buffalo, the second of which set up a game-winning field goal. The article does spell Byrd's name wrong and claim him as an Oregon State standout.
- After a successful sweep of the Washington schools over the weekend, senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma was named the conference player of the week. Oregon is back up to #3 in the latest poll and the team travels to Arizona this week.
- Two freshman on the Oregon soccer team, Mariah Powers and Kristen Parr, have been named by TopDrawerSoccer.com as two of the top 100 freshman in the country.