Thursday, September 22, 2011

The hidden danger posed by Arizona and a night game on the road

After two big wins against cream puffs, the Oregon Ducks start conference play on the road in the Arizona desert. It will be a night game before a raucous crowd, with high energy and expectation, at least at the start of the game.

Oregon fans have been spoiled the last two years. The wins have been plentiful and easy, with the Ducks blowing most of their conference opponents away by three touchdowns or more. Last year even Washington, USC and Stanford fell by big margins. We've forgotten how many ways there are to lose a football game, and that undefeated conference seasons are rare, not easy.

photo right: Bob Knight hated the term, but Chip Kelly will have his game face on Saturday night. The Ducks will come out to a shower of batteries and spilled beer, but what will they go home to? ( photo)

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