Oregon basketball won their final exhibition game last night. Don't miss Jake's recap from the game.
- Out of LA last night, USC has been fined by the Pac-12 for deflating game balls when they played Oregon, and all blame for this act was taken by a USC equipment manager. This was noticed at halftime, so before that it would have been easier to throw and catch the football. Did this help USC? It's hard to say, but it's a good time to remind everyone that Marcus Mariota outplayed Matt Barkley.
- The Postgame (whatever that is) has an article on how Chip Kelly can revolutionize the NFL through his 4th down calls. He's called "aggressive," but he's really making mathematically sound decisions, exploiting weaknesses that few coaches will take, for fear of criticism. This all makes me wonder, why the hell did he kick that field goal against USC?
- Oregon's offense is really, really good, especially when they get to play 4 quarters. Averaging over 54 points per game. The all-time record is 56 points a game, set by Army in 1944. But if the Ducks continue their pace, they'll shatter the 14-game record of points in a season. Also, if Mariota continues his completion percentage pace (of just over 70%), he'll surpass Sam Bradford's record for freshman completion percentage. With a banged up offensive line, the offense is solely focused on Cal, which could present a challenge for the Oregon offense.
- Bob Clark has an update on the status of basketball transfer Arsalan Kazemi. He's still waiting for the NCAA to clear him for play. If his request to the NCAA is granted, he can play this season, otherwise as a transfer he'll have to sit out a year.
- Ken Woody has some more thoughts on the USC game, and I love this line on Matt Barkley: " It may be the first time an opponent’s offense intimidated the other team’s quarterback." He also talks about the refs incorrectly and frequently calling pass interference calls. But I'm glad the Oregon defenders did not alter their game to suit the refs. If the Ducks are going to compete on the national stage, they will not face Glasses Ref and his band of jokers, and physical play in the secondary will be very important.
That's all I got. Drop anything else in the comments. GO DUCKS!