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Pigskin Pete:
DAWGS TEST STANFORD,
DUCKS FACE  PUSHOVERS

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                  by Fred Delkin

 

   Oregon's 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.
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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.
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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.
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OREGON 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.
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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.
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UTAH 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.
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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.

 

WILLAMETTE 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.
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ROSES & 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.

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