We’ll start with the reminder that we’ll host our weekly live chat today at noon. Right here. In this very spot. …
— For my story for today’s paper I wrote a little about the challenges inherent in defending Oregon’s offense. Specifically, the aspect that the Ducks tend to wear teams down in the second half.
Consider the scores of the UW-Oregon games the last four years at halftime — when Chip Kelly arrived and the Ducks fully converted to their current offense — and then the final:
2007 — Half: 24-17 Oregon; Final: 55-34 Oregon.
2008 — Half: 14-10 Oregon; Final 44-10 Oregon
2009 — Half: 15-6 Oregon; Final 43-19 Oregon
2010 — Half: 18-6 Oregon; Final 53-16 Oregon
— UW coach Steve Sarkisian was a guest on KJR-AM this morning (and by the way, KJR can now also be found at 102.9 FM along with 950 AM). New big revelations but a few interesting nuggets:
— Sarkisian said he will do the scout team QB duties today for Washington’s walk-through. That’s one of their practices we never see, but Sarkisian said he has regularly handled scout team QB duties on Friday saying “it gives me a chance to connect with the defense, which is important” after spending most of the week’s practices with the offense.
— Of Oregon’s offense, he said again that “nobody goes as fast as they do, but there is a purpose to what they do” and that the key for UW will be to “rotate a lot of people and rotate them early and keep them fresh.”
— He noted again that the Huskies added some no-huddle to their regular practices beginning in the spring, in part to prepare the offense to run it better but also to prepare the defense for facing it. “When we practice against our defense, our defense is used to seeing a no-huddle offense, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve gone to the no-huddle doing this no-huddle since spring ball,” he said.
— He said the “biggest point in the game is the red zone for both teams, when the ball starts at about the 35 going toward the end zone, what happens then is where the game is going to be won or lost for both teams, I reallly do.” He added that “our inability to score touchdowns (in the red zone) has been our biggest (failing the last two years) especially in the first half.”
— Lawyer Milloy is featured in our latest Husky Stadium Memories.
— Sadly, the weather doesn’t look promising, a forecast of “PM showers” for tomorrow.
— KOMO, Channel 4 in Seattle, will air a show entitled a “Final Salute To Husky Stadium” show Saturday between college football games from 4-5 p.m. The show will feature “everything from what the renovation entails with (Husky athletic direrctor) Scott Woodward, The Magic of the Tunnel walk with Brock Huard and Chuck Nelson reliving his 1981 kick against USC.”
— Ken Goe of The Oregonian says the UW-Oregon games means more, no matter what Kelly says.
— John Canzano chides Kelly for the way he handled questions about his quarterback situation this week.
— The Albany Statesman-Journal previews the game.
— Jason Vondersmith of the Portland Tribune picks the Huskies to win.
— Seattle Weekly also examines the history of the rivalry.
— Here’s the Oregon coverage from the Eugene Register-Guard.
— Matt Hayes of The Sporting News picks Oregon 37-34.
— Here are the picks from Dawgman.com, which are predictably all over the map.
— Athlon’s previews the weekend and picks Oregon 44-34.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller with his weekly “Did You Know?” of Pac-12 facts.
— A brief mention of the UW-Oregon game in Dennis Dodd’s weekly look at the weekend.
— USA Today also includes the UW-Oregon game in its look at the best of the weekend.
— Finally, CBSSports.com offers this preview of the game:
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