Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Proof of Life: things to look for in the Oregon-Nevada game

If the Ducks can get to 3-1, fans will start to feel better about this season. They're home against Nevada, home against SW Missouri State, at Arizona for the rest of September, then a bye week on September 30th before facing an improved and dangerous California team in Autzen Stadium on October 6, a Thursday night game on ESPN.

But that's too much looking ahead. Oregon needs to show some good signs against Nevada, to regain confidence and build momentum for the conference dogfight. The LSU game showed clearly they have to improve every week to become a good football team. This is a younger team than many fans realized, although Coach Kelly warned fans before the season. They have just 11 seniors. While talented, Oregon isn't to the level where they can reload rather than rebuild. Younger players have to get up to speed, and each unit has to find its identity and cohesion. They have to learn what they do well and how to execute in games. Here are some things to look for against the Wolfpack:

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