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Husky Football Blog

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November 3, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Wednesday morning links — Tables turn for Ducks, Huskies

With all of the press conferences and conference calls yesterday, the links today tend to reflect the views of coaches and players on their upcoming opponent.
I wrote, for instance, about how UW will try to prepare for Oregon’s fast-paced offense, a common theme of teams that play the Ducks.
The prevailing sentiment in Oregon, meanwhile, is portrayed in a story in the Eugene Register-Guard about how the Ducks are trying to approach this game as just one of 12 on its schedule, no bigger or smaller than any other (here’s another version of that topic from The Oregonian).
Was a time not too long ago when the Ducks could have said that and no one would have believed them. For years, there was no doubting that the biggest game of the season for Oregon was UW, a feeling that began to be reciprocated in the late ’90s after Oregon began to have some success in the series.
But now, as Eugene Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder wrote today in a column on former Oregon coach Rich Brooks, the tables have turned. As Brooks says, when he was coaching “The Huskies were the haves and we were the have-nots.” But as Brooks says, Oregon is now “the kingpin” of the Northwest, if not the Pac-10.
Nothing new there, obviously, but still sometimes a little staggering to consider for those of us who have now been around longer than we care to admit. Oregon has won six in a row in the series, all by 20 points or more, and no one can blame any UO player if they feel as if there are bigger fish to fry in this season than the Huskies.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
Bud Withers of our staff takes a look at the increased role of backup QBs in the Pac-10 of late.
— In another look at the game from The Oregonian, UO defensive end Terrell Turner says he thinks Jake Locker is still going to try to play. If it really needs to be said again, Locker is not even suiting up for practices this week.
— GoHuskies.com examines the supportive role Locker will play in Eugene.
— In a video mailbag, ESPN.com’s Ted Miller answers a question about the media coverage of Locker.
— There’s some speculation that Mike Bellotti, who will join former Husky Brock Huard on the call of the game, may be a candidate at Minnesota.
— Yahoo.com takes another look at the speed of Oregon’s offense.
— The Arizona Daily Star looks at the week in the Pac-10.
And don’t forget our live chat at noon with former UW great Sonny Sixkiller. It’s sometimes forgotten that Sixkiller grew up in Ashland, Ore., so he has a unique perspective on the UW-Oregon rivalry.

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