Saturday, September 24, 2011

Keys to the game, Oregon at Arizona

Oregon opens PAC-12 play with a road game at Arizona, and again the crucial thing is not merely winning but playing in a way that shows improvement and gets the team ready for October and November, an eight-week battle to defend their conference title. Here are some of the key factors in the Ducks' PAC-12 opener:

Keeping the Zona Zoo on their side of the mythical moat

Several Oregon players have said they relish competing in a hostile environment, notably starting quarterback Darron Thomas, who basically challenged the Wildcat fans to bring their worst, batteries and all. (Rule number one: always keep your helmet on, entering or leaving the field on the road.)

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