Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
The matchup that everyone is looking at this weekend is whether the Ducks can contain the dangerous passing game of USC. While Matt Barkley has been inconsistent this season, he has two targets that have torched the Ducks in the past in Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.
Is it Saturday yet?
- Rob Moseley notes that four of the 16 Maxwell Award semifinalists will take the field in LA this weekend. That's a whole lotta offensive power. Also, Marqise Lee was also recruited as a safety? Someone should let him know it's not too late to make that switch.
- Adam Jude writes about the upcoming challenge facing Oregon's sophomore cornerbacks Terrance Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. Those two, of course, will be tasked with trying limit Lee and Robert Woods. Lee currently has more receiving yardage than Oregon's top six receivers and, Moseley noted above, his 345 yards last week are more than Oregon's current leader Bralon Addison has through eight game (226).
- Ted Miller has blog post up that looks to be dated a couple of years as he wonders if Oregon is ready to displace USC as the conference's top power. And, in case you were interested in the conference's representation in the Maxwell, Bednarik and Thorpe award lists, here are the semifinalists for each.
- On the injury front, Jude reports that Dion Jordan and Kiko Alonso are questionable for Saturday. Jordan, who was injured in the first half against Colorado, was limited in practice on Monday while Alonso sat out completely.
- The men's basketball team beat Concordia 102-75 in the first exhibition game of the season. There were seven Ducks in double figures, led by freshman Dominic Artis who finished with 17 points. Up next for the Ducks is their final exhibition game on Monday against Southwest Oklahoma State.
- Bob Clark breaks down the conference race as we head into November. In the north, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford all control their own destiny; in the south, things are even more wide open (outside of Denver). Clark also runs down some names that already rumored to be in the mix to replace Jeff Tedford.
- The volleyball team is back up to #2 in the rankings after sweeping Utah and Colorado on the road. This weekend, the Ducks head down to the Bay Area and have a chance to avenge their only loss of the season when they meet #1 Stanford on Saturday.
- Jordan Hasay was named the Pac-12 women's scholar-athlete of the year for cross country. She helped lead the Ducks to their first conference championship since 1995 with a second-place finish.