DAWGS TEST STANFORD,
DUCKS FACE PUSHOVERS
by Fred Delkin
Ducks still quack loudly despite injuries that have sidelined its two
Heisman-like stars, RB LaMichael James & QB Darron Thomas. Kenyon
Barner and DeAnthony Thomas easily took over rushing chores, while
redshirt frosh Ryan Bennet left no gap at quarterback. Now the Webfoots
have a presumed romp at Colorado and will not be tested until November,
when they face Back-to-backs at Washington & Stanford. Writing of
Huskies, the Dawgs should provide a Palo Alto crowd with a true test
along Stanford's march to Pac12 titledom.
OREGON at COLORADO--to date, the Buffalos have taken over the conference
weakling status held last season by Washington State. We expect both
James & Thomas to sit on the sidelines during this one-sided
affair. OREGON BY 28.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON--the hosts are enjoying a revival of past glories with
the surprising stardom of QB Keith Price, now a worthy successor to Jake
Locker. However, the Cardinal have shown they are much more than the
QB Andrew Luck show. A good match, but: STANFORD by 10.
STATE vs. WASHINGTON STATE--the Beavers are going through a virtually
unprecedented attrition due to injuries, while the Cougars have shown
sign of revival and will be primed to show their claws for a Seattle
audience at Century Link (formerly Quest) Field. WSU by 14.
SOUTHERN CAL at NOTRE DAME--this traditional rivalry looks like a cakewalk for
the Trojans this time. Riled by their NCAA sanctions that ban them from
post-season or title play, the men of Troy will have their way in the
shadow of the Golden Dome. USC by 10.
at CALIFORNIA--Coming off two straight defeats, Cal should rebound,
with the visitors suffering QB injury, though the Utes overcame our
prediction of failure last week on a trip to Pitt. The Golden Bears
will please their Bay Area audience at AT&T Park. CAL by 7
UCLA atARIZONA--this affair will be played on Thursday, featuring foes who
(Arizona) have already lost a coach, or (UCLA) are about to. We think
Wildcat QB Nick Foles will fling the hosts past the Bruins and put
another nail in the coffin being crafted for Rick Neuheisel. ARIZONA by 3.
at PORTLAND STATE--the Vikings have looked good though losing to Big
Sky title favorites Montana State & Montana. This outing against an
outmanned Division III foe should pose no problem for PSU. PORTLAND
STATE by 28.
& RASPBERRIES--a floral tribute has been earned by the Oregon Duck
coaching crew, whose far-ranging recruiting efforts are bearing fruit,
with a deep reservoir of top grade talent...a resounding disparagement
of the standoff between opposing multi-millionaire factions that have
shown how greed trumps talent when it emerges in the NBA...a deserved
bow to journalist/sportscaster Dwight Jaynes, who
accomplished a lengthy and revealing interview with the notoriously adverse-to-publicity
Nike domo Phil Knight, who has funded his alma mater UO into ongoing athletic stardom.