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Pigskin Pete:
Ducks Stun Oddsmakers,
National Press & BCS
by Fred Delkin
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 November 15, 2011 --  The Oregon Ducks reminded the football world of Professor Pigskin's axioms of superiority on the field of play:  (1) Speed beats strength, and (2) The best defense wins.  Add one clever and daring coach and you have the formula for whipping an undefeated Stanford team on the latter's home grounds.  This was the Cardinal's first defeat since they lost to Oregon in Autzen Stadium in 2010.  Now the Quackers return to Autzen this weekend to take on the legions of Troy.  Then, a sad sack OSU Beaver bunch comes to Eugene and will likely be followed by Arizona State to stage the inaugural Pac12 title match in Autzen.  Closing the season with three wins will certify that Oregon will perform in a major bowl come the New Year.  Should currently unbeaten Oklahoma State fall before Oklahoma and all-winning LSU lose to one-loss Arkansas, the Ducks could again play for a national title.  Pigskin scored 5-2 on last week's picks, with Colorado & Washington State staging upsets.  This week's forecast:  

USC @ OREGON--no way will Chip Kelly let his Webfoot minions lose their focus on a home win. Southern Cal is talented, but there's a host of UO performers who chose Oregon over their home territory's SC and want to again show why.  Duck depth will wear away the Trojans' ambitions.  OREGON by 10.

CALIFORNIA @ STANFORD--this is the 114th edition of "The Big Game" and subject to unforeseen upsets.  However, we believe Andrew Luck will rally his troops after losing the Duck battle and pummel the Golden Bears.  STANFORD by 3.

UTAH @ WASHINGTON STATE--the Palouse is a place to avoid this time of year, as Arizona State found out last week.  The Cougars, with a faint hope of winning out and going bowling, unleashed redshirt freshman QB Connor Halliday for the first time and the Spokane lad responded with four TD tosses.  We think the excitement will continue.  WSU by 6.

WASHINGTON @ OREGON STATE--the Huskies are hurting, with QB Keith Price sidelined, but pride, Joe Montana's offspring Nick and rushing star Chris Polk should prevail over a sorry Beaver bunchWASHINGTON by 7.

ARIZONA @ ARIZONA STATE--allowing Colorado to notch its first Pac12 win lends assurance that the Wildcats will allow their hosts to cinch the league's South crownASU by 7.

COLORADO @ UCLA--the Buffs did their thing last week at home, and as Rose Bowl visitors, they aren't likely to frighten lil' Ricky Neuheisel's squad.  Bruins will win, but their coach still faces replacementUCLA by 10.

WEBER STATE @ PORTLAND STATE--the Vikings are nursing a hope of making their first national FCS playoff appearance in over a decade. That will have them energized to follow the lead of QB Connor Kavanaugh to victory.  The Park Blocks revival continues.  PSU by 10.


ROSES & RASPBERRIES--does anyone still care if there's an NBA season?  We don't and have nothing but boos for the overpaid players who act like the spoiled children that they are...let's strew some roses before the executives of Comcast Northwest for generating excellent coverage for local sports nuts...we cannot express enough disgust for the bad name that the Penn State moral failures have given to college football...now that school's administrators know the terrible cost of trying to hide transgressions.

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