It's the final weekday of hate week! So much more hating, so little time.
- Moseley has his weekly prediction thread up. Though he's usually pretty even keeled when it comes to predicting Duck success, and has been known to pick against the Ducks to the chagrin of fans, he seems very confident in the Ducks, predicting a 48-17 win. Jason Vondersmith of the Portland Tribune also picks a big Duck win.
- Sounds like another day of practice went well. Masoli is still listed as day-to-day, but everyone is assuming that he will start. Also T.J. Ward will be a game time decision.
- However, T.J. Ward's injury has quickly become the least talked about story of the season due to John Boyett, and Adam Jude profiles Boyett in today's Register Guard. While Boyett doesn't have the big hit ability of Ward, he has made up for that with steady play and production, working tirelessly to learn the defensive schemes. While Boyett has been a surprise to Duck fans and even coaches, his previous high school coach isn't surprised one bit, due to Boyett's fearless nature, which has earned him the starting spot.
- There are some Ducks that make a great impact on the team, but don't always get recognize by the fans. Rory Cavaille seems to be that type of player. After a fall camp injury, he's ready to play, and could surprise both the Ducks and Huskies this weekend. Jeremiah Masoli calls him a "silent weapon." I'll be making sure to keep my eyes open for #81 this weekend.
- One of the angles that every columnist seems to be taking on this game is how the Oregon-Washington rivalry has been renewed, as Washington rises to relevance again. George Schroeder has a piece in which he talks with the Ducks last Rose Bowl starting QB, Danny O'Neil. Meanwhile, Ted Miller describes the relationship as a "hate renaissance."
- Miller also has a Q&A with the angriest man on earth, UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt. Holt is tasked with trying to stop the Duck offense. I'm thinking he's not gonna be very successful.
- In a bit of baseball news, George Horton is liking his young team as they prepare for fall camp. The Ducks will be looking to do a better job at the plate this year, after a very poor performance last season. Horton is being guarded in his optimism, but is looking to significant improvement, even if it doesn't come in the form of wins.
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