Happy Happy I Hate Washington Week everyone! We're still basking in the glow of another great victory, but you know the football team is preparing to take on the Huskies on Saturday, with TV coverage throughout the entire nation.
- Though largely unimportant, when Oregon takes the field against Washington next week, they'll have a 1 next to their name, as they jumped to first in the BCS standings over the weekend. As we all know, the football team only takes on week at a time, and it doesn't matter what we're ranked now. But Oregon still controls its own destiny in both the national and Pac-10 race, which is a pretty awesome feeling.
- George Schroeder has a great column on Oregon's victory over USC, saying the Ducks are more than just flash. While many think that Oregon is just a lot of speed, and that seems to end up an easy storyline, other teams have found out the hard way that there is an amazing toughness in these Ducks. They can hit you fast, but also hit you hard, and on both sides of the ball.
- Don't go handing Auburn's Cam Newton the Heisman trophy just yet. LaMichael James is closing fast. Heisman Pundit still has LMJ as #2 in the Heisman race, but says that the gap between him and Newton is closing fast. If Auburn wins out, then Newton will likely win, but LMJ is waiting to take over the top spot. Paul Myserberg alao has James second, and is amazed by his ability to step up for the big games.
- The always solid Ivan Maisel was at the game on Saturday, and has plenty of praise for the Ducks. He talks about how the Ducks simply break down other teams. He also has a video with Ted Miller after the game, who had a piece focusing on Jeff Maehl after the USC victory.
- Ken Woody also has his USC recap, which is insightful and fact-filled as usual. Offensively, Oregon was 9-11 on third down in the second half. Defensively, the Ducks did an excellent job getting USC into 3rd and long situations, and USC had a tough time driving the ball consistently.
- Switching gears a bit, Jordan Hasay won the women's Pac-10 cross country championship. Up until last year, when Nicole Blood won the championship, Oregon hadn't won in 29 years, so it's quite a turnaround for the women's team. The Oregon men's team finished second as Stanford swept the event, and now the Ducks can look forward to the NCAA's.
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