Pigskin Pete:Now comes the hard part for those high-flying Ducks...a trip to Husky Stadium this week, then to Stanford the next Saturday and a regular season finale with USC at Autzen. There are those who will testify that Oregon's 7-1 record looks good, but those wins came against underdog foes...of course, the lone loss was to #1 ranked LSU. The Quackers' mastery of the second half has given them gaudy statistics and they deserve their #6 national ranking. Last week, Pigskin rang up a 5-2 record with Cal surprisingly whipping UCLA and the Portland State revival was sustained on a trip to the 2010 national champs, Eastern Washington. Let's speculate on this week's agenda...
OREGON @ WASHINGTON--the
Dawgs are playing well, with a 6-2 record, and
will have extra incentive in this clash,
celebrating homecoming, a ceremony for the 1991
national championship squad, and playing their
final game in Husky Stadium before the venue
undergoes a $250 million
restoration. The Ducks have won
seven straight over their Northwest rivals, and we
think they'll make it eight on Saturday...but
in November, when that icy wind comes off the
lake and through the open east end of the stadium,
other favored Husky foes have fallen.
OREGON by 10.
STANFORD @ OREGON
STATE--the Beavers are a
sorry bunch on offense and too thin in their
defensive ranks to halt the Andrew Luck
juggernaut, which will be aroused by a three
overtime classic win over USC last week. The
Beavers, aka 'Giant Killers', have a repuitation
for upsetting heavily-favored foes, but not this
STANFORD by 21.
WASHINGTON STATE @
CALIFORNIA--the Golden Bears
should be ready to maul visitors to their den
after failing to live up to their favorite's role
last week in their Rose Bowl bash with UCLA.
If the Bears lose this one, the boo birds will be
crowing for Cal coach Jeff Tedford's
scalp. CAL by 14.
SOUTHERN CAL @
COLORADO--the Pac12's weakest
team will have a very bad Friday evening when the
Buffs host Troy. SC showed its rather
awesome talent in the Stanford game and will
continue to roll in the Rockies. USC
ARIZONA STATE @ UCLA--the
Sun Devils look to keep roling toward the Pac12
South division title, and Bruin coach Ricky
Neuheisel's fate, temporarily alleviated by
beating Cal, will be solidified in this
STATE by 10.
UTAH @ ARIZONA--ever
since the Wildcats dumped their wild man coach
Mike Stoops in midseason, they've looked like a
football team surrounding a briiliant Nick Foles
at quarterback The Utes had no
problems last week, entertaining their fans
with a rout of Oregon State, but Tucson is often a
desert climate for visitors.
ARIZONA by 1.
SACRAMENTO STATE @
PORTLAND STATE--the PSU
coaching staff have certainly called the Viking
team's attention to the fact that the visiting
Hornets pulled a monumental upset of Oregon State
in a season-opener in Corvallis. Vik
coach Nigel Burton's 'Pistol" offense is
functioning superbly under the direction of QB
Connor Kavanaugh, who is shining at both running
PORTLAND STATE by 14.
& RASPBERRIES--sorry, Blazer
fans, but greed has destroyed the NBA, and no one
knows if any competition can be salvaged this
season, while your paranoid owner Paul Allen stays
silent...a passel of posies to high school
boosters across our state who have pungled up
private funds to improve athletic facilities in
our cash-starved school districts...no plaudits
are deserved for dolts who doubt that Chip
Kelly is the wisest hire in University of
Oregon gridiron history...anda vase full of roses
to ex-Duck mentor Rich Brooks, who told an
interviewer this past week that Phil Knight's
money can't coach winning.
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