Oregon Magazine

Pigskin Pete:
Oregon Goes National As Beavers Go South ooo By Fred Delkin ooo The nation watches Oregon Duck creative football this week, while Oregon State attempts to stage a recovery versus an equally downtrodden foe. Oregon hosts California within the noise cauldron called Autzen, while the winless Beavers host a suffering Arizona. Last week Pigskin went 5-1, with WSU's lowly Cougars exceeding our expectations at Colorado. ooo CALIFORNIA at OREGON the Ducks seek payback for the Bears' near-wrecking of the 2010 UO title run in a 15-13 struggle in Berkley. The rematch will go the Webfoots' way, as a retooled offensive line has now grasped the blocking to make the offense unstoppable. The UO defense yields yardage at a scary rate, but comes up big when the Red Zone is reached. A natioinal TV audience will come away from the match talking about Duck domination of both rushing and passing. OREGON by 14. ooo ARIZONA at OREGON STATE look at this as a QB contest and the visitors will have their way, led by Nick Foles, who will delight NFL fans in 2012. The Beavers' freshman signal caller Sean Mannion will benefit from a weak Wildcat defense, but not enough to offset a visiting bunch desperate for a victory and leaving their hosts still winless. ARIZONA by 3. ooo ARIZONA STATE at UTAH ol' Dennis Erickson seems to have crafted a contender, while the Utes have injury-caused offensive challenges. The Sun Devils own a pair of game changers in 6'8" QB Brock Osweiler and the fearsome linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Now, if the Devils can lessen their penchant for penalties, they should post another win. ARIZONA STATE by 3 ooo WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA can the Cougars add to lil' Ricky Neuheisel's amassing reasons for the Bruins to tie a can to his tail? WSU has yet to whip a quality foe this season, and we think UCLA has enough to survive within the historic Rose Bowl confines, UCLA by 9. ooo COLORADO at STANFORD this won't even be close...the Buffalos, having been edged by
Washington State
last week, have solidified their positon as the Pac12's worst team. Meanwhile, QB Andrew Luck and friends are unbeaten and will atay that way this week. Wartching the Cards' dismantling of UCLA, we saw no reason why they won't be a fearsome host for Oregon in November. STANFORD by 28.
ooo MONTANA STATE at PORTLAND STATE the Vikings are pumped for this one, after compiling a 3-1 record led by homegrown talent. We envision a real close tussle at Jeld-Wen field, with Montana State as a favorite. Tradition leans toward the Bobcats. MONTANA STATE by 3. ooo ooo

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