We're 3 days away. 3 very long days, but at least the quack is coming quickly. I still don't think it's enough:
- Oregon's crazy play-calling placard system has gotten a lot of attention this year. ESPN's Page 2 decidede to crack the code, and well, they didn't get very far, and even got their researchers thinking that the placards could just be a clever ruse. In the end, the Ducks get compared to the "wind talkers" of World War 2, using a very simple system to confuse everyone.
- Darron Thomas has been great under pressure all season long, and that should be put to the test this weekend, as he faces one of the dirtiest players in college football, DT Nick Fairley. Fairley is a great DT, who will be coming after Thomas all day long. Thomas prides himself on his own physical play, so this matchup will be fun to watch, and may make Duck fans cringe a few times.
- But if the O-line has anything to say about it, Fairley won't get close to Thomas very often. This group has struggled at times, but been dominant at others, mostly due to their athleticism and intelligence. The group has worked very well together on the year, and that will be put to the supreme test on Monday night.
- No matter what happens on the line, let's not forget, Thomas is up for this challenge. Though overshadowed by Cam Newton and his own running back, Thomas has far surpassed any Duck fans wildest expectations, has shown sensational poise in the pocket, and an amazing ability to come back from adversity.
- For more on Thomas, ESPN has a very long piece on his ascent to starting QB for the Ducks.
- We all know that Oregon wide receivers are awesome at blocking. Aaron Fentress has a few notes on the subject, and notes that Oregon's receivers were told they wouldn't get the ball if they didn't block.
- Speaking of Oregon receivers, Ivan Maisel has a piece on Jeff Maehl, who has been Oregon's top receiver the past two years despite not passing the eyeball test.
- The Ducks and Tigers held more practice yesterday. Chip Kelly and Terrell Turner had a few words afterwards, as did Gene Chizik and a few Auburn players.
- While Cam Newton's been getting all the attention heading into Monday's game, but Oregon's offense has been more productive than Auburn's this year. And it's because the Oregon offense does not have any weaknesses. Oregon's pace gets a lot of attention, and that certainly helps, but the Ducks execute in all phases, and can beat you at any point. Auburn's defense has a big test ahead of them.
There are a million articles floating around out there, so if any catch your eye, drop it in the comments. GO DUCKS!