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Points of debate: No. 1 Oregon at No. 24 USC

Lucas Clark: Here we are, week nine of the college football season with storylines surrounding this week’s matchup between the top-ranked Oregon Ducks and the No. 24 USC Trojans. Oregon throttled USC on Halloween night last fall. This time around, USC has the chance to return the favor on its …

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No. 1 Oregon remains focused on details as they prepare for prime-time matchup with USC

As the Oregon offense meshed at its usual high-octane pace in practice Tuesday morning at the Moshofsky Center, the words “finish” and “tempo” were uttered like a broken record by head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly worked his way back and forth behind the offense, giving his usual pointers as players …

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Malee: One year can make a difference

At 4:15 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2009, my alarm clock went off. After slowly rolling out of bed, I jumped in the shower and threw on a yellow T-shirt. With that, my roommate and I were off to Autzen Stadium for the taping of ESPN College GameDay. Given the ungodly …

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College football polls deciphered

When Oregon played UCLA last Thursday, the Ducks were introduced to the Autzen Stadium faithful as the No. 1 team in the country. And they were — but not according to every measure. There are a variety of college football ranking systems in place today, some more reputable and accurate …

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Ducks look for first win over USC at Coliseum in ten years

Ivar Vong Four days removed from its 60-13 steamrolling of UCLA, the No. 1 Oregon football team returned to practice at the Moshofsky Center Monday morning in preparation for Saturday’s matchup with the USC Trojans. The Ducks wore shells, shoulder pads and helmets after a couple days of much-needed rest. …

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Remene Alston Jr. provides leadership, depth as Ducks continue perfect season

Aaron Marineau The sellout crowd — as if any other kind exists at Autzen Stadium — of 59,372 briefly silenced themselves in the first quarter as LaMichael James lay on the UCLA 1-yard line. James had rushed for six yards and a first down on the previous play but was …

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Inability to sustain drives causes Bruins to fall short against Ducks

Ivar Vong The rapidly emptying Oregon student section said it all. With a quarter of football still to be played and the Ducks (7-0, 4-0 Pacific-10 Conference) up 46-6 over UCLA (3-4, 1-3 Pac-10), many of the yellow-clad Oregon students in attendance had already left Autzen Stadium. No one could …

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Oregon continues to dominate on both sides of ball with 60-13 thrashing of UCLA

Ivar Vong In the week leading up to Thursday night’s matchup with No. 1 Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pacific-10 Conference), UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel told a reporter, “I do believe (Oregon’s) scheme can be caught up with.” That didn’t happen on Thursday as Oregon blew out UCLA (3-4, 1-3) by …

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Bruins must be consistent against top-ranked Ducks

Perhaps there is something to be said for a positive start to a bye week. The UCLA Bruins — like the No. 1 Oregon Ducks, idle last week before tonight’s game — had a three-game winning streak unceremoniously snapped at Cal, 35-7. Now 3-3 (1-2 Pacific-10 Conference), UCLA could seize …

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Players to Watch: No. 1 Oregon vs. UCLA

For a first year starter, Darron Thomas has done an admirable job protecting the ball. The sophomore quarterback has thrown only five interceptions through the team’s first six games, showing the pocket poise of a veteran. Then again, Thomas has yet to face a free safety like Rahim Moore. A …

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Marvin Johnson not to be overlooked

There will always be someone, something, some detail that goes unnoticed. In football, those who employ their talents in the most dangerous and hard-hitting facets of a 60-minute football game often fit that description. Their jobs are overlooked until something goes askew, but their value is second to none. Oregon …

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Catching up with Rob Beard

Oregon Daily Emerald: Probably your most memorable moment this year was the successful onside kick against Stanford. Tell me what you were thinking in the huddle when you heard that was going to be the call? Rob Beard: I was waiting for it. I was expecting it. When I heard …

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Ducks hope to avoid third straight week of No. 1 upsets

Last weekend, it was Ohio State. Twelve days ago, Alabama went down. Now, on a nationally televised stage, the Oregon Ducks (6-0, 3-0) will look to avoid a similar pitfall as the nation’s top ranked team against UCLA (3-3, 1-2). Both teams were given an extra week to prepare for …

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Stopping UCLA run game critical for Oregon

The formula for stopping UCLA’s offense is simple. Hold the Bruins’ running game in check, and more often than not, you’ll keep them out of the end zone. Under the direction of renowned offensive coordinator Norm Chow, UCLA implemented a version of the pistol offense this off-season. But unfortunately for …

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Ducks unfazed by No. 1 ranking, injuries

During the clutch drill to close out practice on Saturday, Kanye West’s “Stronger” blared over the Moshofsky Center speakers. As West declared, “Now that that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger,” quarterback Darron Thomas took the field with the first string offense. The song proved to be especially …

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Pac-10 football receiving national attention

What do we know about Pac-10 Conference football? Or, better still, what do we think we know? The Pac-10 appears quite strong at least in terms of the most arbitrary method of measurement available — poll results. Four Pac-10 teams are in the Associated Press poll’s top 25: No. 2 …

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10 Interesting Stats: Oregon Offense

169.6: Rushing yards per game for LaMichael James, which leads the nation. This puts James considerably head of the last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Alabama’s Mark Ingram (99.0). 152.4: Passer rating for Darron Thomas so far this season. Last year, Jeremiah Masoli’s rating for the year was 129.5. 14: Passing …

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Ducks welcome bye week after rough win over Cougars

It was a strange weekend in Oregon football, leaving some Oregon fans in a quandary. The Ducks left Pullman with a 20-point victory over a Washington State team that many expected to roll over at the sight of the nation’s most prolific offense. The Cougars have been notoriously outmatched in …

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No. 3 Oregon remains unbeaten with 43-23 victory over Washington State

The win was expected, all but guaranteed according to the pundits. What no one could have imagined was that third-ranked Oregon (6-0, 3-0 Pacific-10 Conference) would suffer numerous injuries at the hands of a feisty Washington State (1-5, 0-3 Pac-10) team — and still come away with a 43-23 win. …

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Statistics on Oregon’s side against Washington State

Andrew Luck quietly accumulated yards against the Oregon defense last week, but those yards failed to transfer into points. The Stanford quarterback completed 29 of 46 passes for 341 yards, with two passing touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck’s longest pass was a 41-yarder to Jamal-Rashad Patterson in the fourth quarter; …

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Statistics on Oregon's side against Washington State

Andrew Luck quietly accumulated yards against the Oregon defense last week, but those yards failed to transfer into points. The Stanford quarterback completed 29 of 46 passes for 341 yards, with two passing touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck’s longest pass was a 41-yarder to Jamal-Rashad Patterson in the fourth quarter; …

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Oregon State looks to make statement against Arizona

USC at No. 16 Stanford (5:00 p.m. Saturday) ABC “What’s your deal?” former USC coach Pete Carroll famously asked Stanford (4-1, 1-1) coach Jim Harbaugh after the Cardinal ran up the score in a 55-21 thrashing of USC last season. Carroll has now moved on to the NFL, but revenge …

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Josh Huff quietly becoming one of the Ducks' best receivers

Josh Huff is one elusive fellow and I learned this week it is true both on and off the field. Defenders across the country already know all about the freshman wide receiver from Houston. Through his first five games, Huff scored three times. Using game-breaking speed, he has earned consistent …

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No. 3 Ducks hope to repeat last year's victory over Cougars

This week the road to the championship rolls through Pullman, Wash., where the No. 3 Oregon Ducks will take on the Washington State Cougars in true David vs. Goliath fashion. Entering the game, Oregon (5-0, 2-0 Pacific-10 Conference) boasts the top-ranked offense in the country, which has put up an …

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Statistics on Oregon's side against Washington State

Andrew Luck quietly accumulated passing yards against the Oregon defense last week, but those yards failed to transfer into points. The Stanford quarterback completed 29 of 46 passes for 341 yards, with two passing touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck’s longest pass was a 41-yarder to Jamal-Rashad Patterson in the fourth …

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Washington State ranks at the bottom of the Pac-10 in offensive, defensive statistics

If anything can be taken away from the Washington State football team’s first five games of the season, it would come in last week’s 42-28 loss at UCLA. The Cougars found themselves down 14-0 just minutes into the second quarter, before clawing their way back in the game over the …

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No. 3 Ducks hope to repeat last year’s victory over Cougars

This week the road to the championship rolls through Pullman, Wash., where the No. 3 Oregon Ducks will take on the Washington State Cougars in true David vs. Goliath fashion. Entering the game, Oregon (5-0, 2-0 Pacific-10 Conference) boasts the top-ranked offense in the country, which has put up an …

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Players to Watch: No. 3 Oregon at Washington State

Washington State junior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis faces the tough task of containing Oregon’s zone-read spread offense on Saturday. Hoffman-Ellis recorded seven tackles against the Ducks last season and leads the Cougars with 32 stops and two interceptions this season. Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas has continued to grow in his first …

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Josh Huff quietly becoming one of the Ducks’ best receivers

Josh Huff is one elusive fellow and I learned this week it is true both on and off the field. Defenders across the country already know all about the freshman wide receiver from Houston. Through his first five games, Huff scored three times. Using game-breaking speed, he has earned consistent …

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Statistics on Oregon’s side against Washington State

Andrew Luck quietly accumulated passing yards against the Oregon defense last week, but those yards failed to transfer into points. The Stanford quarterback completed 29 of 46 passes for 341 yards, with two passing touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck’s longest pass was a 41-yarder to Jamal-Rashad Patterson in the fourth …

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