Photo Gallery on this week’s past volleyball game.
The No. 2 Oregon Ducks looked human this past Saturday against the Washington State Cougars with 3 first half fumbles and allowing 38 points. Meanwhile, Oregon rushed for 383 yards and scored 62 points in a key Pac-12 win. Oregon (7-0, 4-0) continues to run their gauntlet of a schedule with No. 12 UCLA coming to Eugene this Saturday.
Oregon premiered at No. 3 in the initial BCS rankings behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State, while Oregon holds the No. 2 position in both the Coaches’ and AP Poll.
“That’s their opinions, we have no control over that,” Mariota said. “We’ll just continue to take it one game at a time.”
Surely, the Ducks will have their chance to improve their position in the BCS Standings with four nationally televised games (No. 12 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 25 Oregon State, and the PAC-12 Championship Game).
No team understands style points like the Ducks. This year, the Ducks continue to set a record pace offensively. Oregon is second in the nation in points per game (57.6) and second in rushing yards per game (332.4). Even more impressive, the Oregon defense has drastically improved only allowing 17.3 points per game which is 12th best in the nation.
Voters and NFL scouts will keep a good eye on this week’s match-up versus No. 12 UCLA (5-1, 2-1). This game features two Heisman trophy candidates and potential first-round picks in the Ducks’ Marcus Mariota and the Bruins’ Brett Hundley. UCLA is looking to rebound after last week’s heart-breaking loss to conference foe Stanford.
The Ducks will take on the upset-minded Bruins at 7pm EST on ESPN in Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
I like the second-day story by the PAC-12 blog team at ESPN. Kevin Gemmell gives the major recap of the storylines in the PAC-12 this past weekend. He talks of the statement Stanford made against a good UCLA team. Then, he talks of the trends of certain teams like USC, ASU, and Washington. He finishes it up with an outlook of each division.
The No. 2 Oregon Ducks (5-0, 2-0) travel to Seattle, Washington to square off with the No. 16 Washington Huskies (4-1, 1-1) in a PAC-12 showdown. The Ducks first five opponents have a combined record of 11-14 this season. The Huskies will be the first top-25 team the Ducks have faced this season. Fresh from a last-minute defeat to Stanford, Washington looks for a statement win against Oregon on Saturday.
However, distractions loom over this showdown. Earlier in the week, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian made comments that Stanford players faked injuries to slow Washington’s tempo on offense last week. Stanford head coach David Shaw responded quickly. “We don’t fake injuries. We never have and we never will,” Shaw said Tuesday. “And I don’t care what Steve Sarkisian thinks that he saw.”
Since then, Sarkisian has moved his sole focus to the Ducks. “I saw what I saw,” Sarkisian quickly moved on to, “I’m done with the subject.”
“We all are aware this is a tremendous rivalry in college football and has been for a long time,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We’re excited to be part of it. That’s what makes college football special.”
On paper, the match-up could bring forth a very interesting game. Oregon and Washington both have top-25 passing attacks and top-15 rushing attacks. Oregon averages 59.2 points per game while only giving up 11.8 points per game, both of which are rank second in the nation.
Sarkisian and the Huskies know that it is impossible to stop the Ducks. Sarkisian and his staff look to coral the up-tempo offense of the Ducks, and they hope the Washington home-field advantage could help. Sarkisian looks forward to the challenge, “I think our guys are going to be prepared for whatever this game presents us.”
The Huskies will look to rebound against the Ducks Saturday at 4;30pm in Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington on the FOX Sports 1 Network.