Thursday, October 30, 2008
- Moseley believes this will be another close match between the two teams and will be dependent on Cal's linebackers (strength) and offensive line (weakness). Rob believes Cal will win it by 3.
- Tristan at Bleacher Report believes his knowledge and faith in his team will lead the Ducks to victory, but it won't be easy.
- Miller knows the Ducks can win on the road and knows that Masoli can beat Cal with his arm, not his legs.
- Vondersmith at the Portland Tribune believe the game could go either way but Ducks will pull out the win.
- The Sports Network believes to go with Cal as they have the home field advantage and the better defense.
- Riley will be pressured. We will see mistakes and at least 1 interception.
- Longshore will play part of the game.
- Cal will have more yards throwing than running.
- Oregon's offense will have over 400 all purpose yards but will fail to gain over 500.
- Masoli will pass for over 200 yards.
- Blount will have a 100+ rushing day.
- Chung will have another sack.
- Chung will get his first interception of the season (I will keep writing this until it happens).
- Oregon will have 4 or more sacks.
- Harper will have at least 3 receptions for 50+ yards.
- For the first time since his switch to WR, Harper won't be the Ducks leading receiver against Cal.
- Cal will score a touchdown after an Oregon turnover.
- So will Oregon (off a Cal turnover).
- The game to be within 7 points.
- More points will go to Oregon.
In other news...
- The Ducks will be wearing the white lids on Saturday.
- Oregon is preparing for the wet weather this Saturday by a method they've never had use before.
- Centers will play a huge role in this weekend's game.
- The quarterbacks of Cal and Oregon have many similarities and will take center stage on Saturday.
- Team players of the week from the ASU game.
- Masoli will face a hometown crowd at Cal this weekend.
- Oregon's offensive line has been instrumental to the Duck's success.
- Jeffrey Maehl was selected as Athlete of the Week by the Daily Emerald.
- Interested in knowing which state will get the Oregon / Cal broadcast?
- A little info regarding the Bears from a Cal blog.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Looks like people are liking the Ducks a little more this week... Most are saying a likely Holiday Bowl matchup between Texas Tech or Oklahoma State.
Though it's apparent that Bruce Feldman doesn't believe the hype and has Oregon playing Utah the Las Vegas Bowl.
Can someone please tell me why Utah and BYU (both from Mormon filled Utah) always end up in the Las Vegas Bowl? Just doesn't seem fair. Isn't that like sending BYU/Utah to play Florida State in the "Honesty and Integrity Bowl", BYU/Utah to play Penn State in the "Abiding Citizen Bowl" or BYU/Utah to play Notre Dame in the "Polygamy Bowl?"
- 9/13 - Matt Evensen - Special Teams Pac-10 Player of the Week vs. Purdue
- 10/11- Jairus Byrd - Defensive Pac-10 Player of the Week vs. UCLA
- 10/25 - Jeremiah Masoli - Offensive Pac-10 Player of the Week vs. Arizona State
- 10/25 - Matt Evensen - Special Teams Pac-10 Player of the Week vs. Arizona State
- We will see 2 quarterbacks play and Darron Thomas won't see action. - Loss. 0-1. If it wasn't for such a blowout I probably would have got this one but Thomas saw action in the last 50 something seconds
- Masoli will get the majority of the snaps. - Win. 1-1. Masoli played until the 4th quarter and basically solidified himself as the starter.
- JJ will have a 100 plus yards rushing. - Loss. 1-2. Even though the Ducks had over 300 yards rushing, not one player had over 100 yards. Masoli had the rushing high with 85.
- Blount will score his 11th touchdown of the season. Win. 2-2. Actually Blount scored number 11 and 12. I don't think anyone could have predicted that Mo Morris run for a touchdown.
- Chung will get his first interception of the year. Loss. 2-3. Nope, the other 2 D-Boyz each had one though. One of Chung's hits did make Carpenter's nose bleed though.
- Carpenter won't make it past halftime. Loss. 2-4. Somehow he played almost the whole game. I did love the "Rudy, Rudy, Rudy" chants from the Oregon section.
- Carpenter will get sacked at least 4 times (even if he doesn't stay in the game past halftime). Loss. 2-5. Oregon only recorded 2 sacks on the game (at least according to cfstats). I remembered 3 before half but apparently I was wrong.
- Reed will account for at least 2.5 sacks. Loss. 2-6. Reed did not record a sack vs. Arizona State even though Carpenter was constantly pressured.
- Ducks will win the turnover battle. Loss. 2-7. This was tied at 3-3.
- Jaison Williams will have over 70 yards receiving. Loss. 2-8. Only 1 reception for 12 yards.
- Ducks will throw for over 200 yards. Win. 3-8. Masoli completed 17 of 26 for 147 and Roper completed 4 of 4 for 86. Total of 233.
- Ducks won't hold ASU to under 100 yards rushing. Win. 4-8. ASU had 107 yards on the ground.
- ASU won't pickup more than 350 total yards. Win. 5-8. Whew... ASU got close but came up short at 333.
- Both teams will score double digits. Win. 6-8. Final score 54-20.
- Ducks win by double digits. Win. 7-8. Make that 34 points.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
- We will see 2 quarterbacks play and Darron Thomas won't see action.
- Masoli will get the majority of the snaps.
- JJ will have a 100 plus yards rushing.
- Blount will score his 11th touchdown of the season.
- Chung will get his first interception of the year.
- Carpenter won't make it past halftime.
- Carpenter will get sacked at least 4 times (even if he doesn't stay in the game past halftime).
- Reed will account for at least 2.5 sacks.
- Ducks will win the turnover battle.
- Jaison Williams will have over 70 yards receiving.
- Ducks will throw for over 200 yards.
- Ducks won't hold ASU to under 100 yards rushing.
- ASU won't pickup more than 350 total yards.
- Both teams will score double digits.
- Ducks win by double digits.
- A hobbled Carpenter is likely to be running for his life on Saturday.
- Offensive balance? Give Bellotti a break... and more OSU Rose Bowl comments... Ugh...
- Some new wrinkles, injury status, Blount's scoring and the uniforms get some more props.
- The Ducks running game will give them the advantage against the Sun Devils.
- Pritchett will miss the ASU game due to a suspension for breaking team rules.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
40. Oregon State
52. Arizona State
105. Washington State
Moseley posted some bowl predictions. Holiday, Sun and Las Vegas... As a Duck fan, where would you want to go most? Of course Beaver's are still talking roses (and, of course, some trash). Hey Beavers, you are still only 4-3.
Here are some interesting tidbits from the release if you don't plan on reading the whole thing...
- The Ducks had 12 consecutive wins after a bye week before dropping last years game at Arizona (when Dixon went down). Bellotti is 12-2.
- Nick Reed was named midseason All-America Team by CBSSports.com and was the ONLY Pac-10 player to make the list. He is also 5 tackles-for-a-loss from Devan Long's school record of 48 and 4.5 sacks behind leader Ernest Jones' record of 29. 5 of those TFLs and 3.5 sacks are against ASU.
- Patrick Chung has 27 tackles over 3 games against ASU... 9 tackles a game! Chung is 7th in Oregon's career list for tackles with 338.
- Jaison Williams has 15 catches for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Sun Devils. His next catch will be to tie for Oregon's 3rd place career reception list with Demetrius Williams and Cristin McLemore. He needs 16 more receptions and 369 yards to beat both reception and career yard records.
Also, Oregon's game vs. Cal on November 1st will be broadcast at 12:30pm on ABC.
Remember the Duck's last visit to Sun Devil Stadium (48-13)?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Unfortunately for many, Aliotti has some of these same incentives and is also on a 4 year contract.
Side Note: I love how Kelly and Aliotti each have $2000 riding on the civil war!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Adam "Pacman" Jones received a 4 game suspension from league for his drunken fight with his bodyguard last week. Take a look at the sidebar on the right side of that article. Kind of makes you wonder where he would be if he realized that strip clubs, night clubs and hotels weren't the best atmosphere for him. Sure, I believe in giving a guy another chance... maybe even a 3rd chance... But the fact he has been involved in 12 off field incidents since the time he was drafted in 2005 is just a TAD over the top.
Sure, Jerry Jones, owner of "America's Team" (the Dallas Coyboys) is a gambler. You don't make billions without taking risks. However, as a risk taker, there are always the times when you need to cut your losses. Regardless of contract term, Pacman Jones wasn't a wise investment.
"Make it Rain"
And even while there is another quarterback competition during the bye week, I have to admit that I was happy to see that Bellotti actually stick with Masoli for the whole game against UCLA. The qb swapping in the past has seemed to create nothing but inconsistency. Pick a guy and stick with him (at least for that game). When Clemens went down in 2005 it just seemed like every time one of the qbs was gaining some swagger they were pulled for the other.
Regardless of Masoli's passing stats from the UCLA game (5-19), I was fairly impressed with the way he played. Keep in mind that "the gameplan" was to run the quarterback. Sure, Kelly didn't want Masoli to run it THAT much but UCLA kept daring him to (Probably so the Weasel could hurt another quarterback this season). At least 5 of those passes were perfectly placed and dropped by a wide receiver or tight end and another handful were thrown out of bounds because Masoli didn't have anyone to throw to.
I like Roper's accuracy but I believe that the dual threat of Masoli gives the Ducks the better chance to win. Especially if the Duck receivers can actually catch the balls when they are thrown their way.
Ahh... College football at it's best... There is no way anyone could have predicted that in game 7 our leading rusher would be Jeremiah Masoli and our leading receiver would be Chris Harper. Cheer up Duck fans, Oregon still pulled out the "W" and they'll have their leading receiver back for ASU.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Oregon has appealed Arizona State to see if they game could be played earlier to accommodate a possible OSN broadcast and appealed to the Pac-10 for a waiver to produce a telecast in conflict with FSN if the time isn't changed. According to Moseley, a time change is unlikely so cross your fingers and hope that FSN allows the Pac-10 to grant the waiver (for those not attending the game).
Friday, October 10, 2008
As we've heard (but not confirmed) for a few weeks, black was apparently the color of choice for this weekend's homecoming matchup with UCLA. Though, I never found one legitimate source that said they had seen the team practicing with them recently. Moseley even just confirmed that the Ducks will be wearing the normal green helmets tomorrow but didn't elaborate (update: he has a little).
It seems like things have been pretty quiet this week so I'm not sure what to think. I'd like to believe the rumor and all the smoke & mirrors (ie. keeping the media at bay) but I just don't think the Ducks will don new helmets without practicing in them first and someone leaking that information.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
So I guess I was the only one who predicted wrong last week. Who would have guessed?!? Exactly why I don't bet on teams that I care about.
- John Hunt hasn't missed one yet and predicts an Oregon win.
- Sports Network has a more elaborated rundown of the game and believes that the Ducks "simply have too much firepower for UCLA."
- Scout.com (collegefootballnews.com) also believes the Ducks will bounce back.
- Miller put the Ducks on an upset alert but believes that Ducks will listen to that alert.
- Moseley predicts a Duck win also.
My prediction (if you care)... Oregon 37 - UCLA 16. I'm guessing I can't beat the 38 point difference from my USC prediction.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Hope the Ducks can figure out their defensive problems or it's going to be a long remainder of the season.
Friday, October 3, 2008
A USC blog has a poll on Oregon's uniforms and whether they are the best or the worst in college football. At the time I took this poll a whopping 506 people thought Oregon's uniforms were "the best" while only 27 people had voted them "the worst" (and 26 said they didn't care as long as USC beat them). These numbers intrigued me. After contantly hearing from other schools about how Oregon's uniforms were hideous we seeing something different in these numbers.
According to the football rumor mill the Washington Huskies may be pursuing Pat Hill for his services. Not sure what I think about see Pat Hill in the Pac-10.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Looks like John Hunt has been fairly accurate (5-0) in the first five games and picks (not surprisingly) a USC win on Saturday. If he continues at the pace of his first 5 picks the Ducks would wind up at 9-3... Not bad.
- Unfortunately you can't really look back as far as 2004 (Not 1 loss) and to 2005 (only loss came to Texas in the NC)
- In 2006, when USC lost to OSU, the Trojans squashed Stanford 42-0. They also lost to UCLA in the last game of the season and came out to beat, then No. 8 Michigan by a score of 32-18.
- Last year after loosing to Stanford at home, the Trojans came out and beat Arizona by 7 (at home 20-13). After loosing to Oregon, the Trojans stomped on OSU by a score of 24-3.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Can Ducks do it again? I still believe it.