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07:32 AM ET 11.29 | Civil War week has led to this, with Oregon and Oregon State squaring off Friday evening at Autzen Stadium. After leaving the loss to Arizona in a walking boot on Saturday, UO starting running back Byron Marshall was still wearing it after practice Tuesday. If he won't play, the Ducks' options behind him are still among the Pac-12's best if not the entire package Marshall showed flashes of being. Upon Marshall's absence in the desert, the De'Anthony Thomas we saw running in mid-September -- read: a physical runner unafraid of seeking out contact in the tackle box -- returned. He averaged 7.1 yards per touch against the Wildcats after a costly drop on the first series. Thomas Tyner looked good. ... Tyner could see his most extensive playing time Friday.

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De'Anthony Thomas, Icon Sports De'Anthony Thomas, Icon Sports
November 29, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Now if they could just find somebody to block.

November 29, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Now if they could just find somebody to block.

Da Gaddihs have a couple of linemen who will block anyone the see.

November 29, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Da Gaddihs have a couple of linemen who will block anyone the see.

I had fun sharing that clip this weekend with friends and family.

November 29, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Now if they could just find somebody to block.

Huh??? Where is this coming from??

November 29, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Winner goes to the New Mexico Bowl and loser goes to the Potato Bowl?
Here's two teams that crashed and burned at seasons end!

November 29, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Winner goes to the New Mexico Bowl and loser goes to the Potato Bowl? Here's two teams that crashed and burned at seasons end!

Good point, but what bowl does LSU, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas A&M go to??

November 29, 2013  11:13 AM ET

I just checked Dr. Saturday's projections and there are some real head scratch-ers out there:

Fans Deserve Better Matchups Than These:
Sugar (BCS): Auburn vs. Central Florida
Fiesta (BCS): OkState vs. N. Illinois
Chic-Fil-A: Missouri vs. Duke
Las Vegas: UCLA vs. Fresno State

Interesting:
Rose (BCS): Ohio State vs. Stanford
Orange (BCS): Clemson vs. Wisconsin
Outback: Nebraska vs. LSU
Alamo: Oregon vs. OU
Russell Athletic: Miami vs. Louisville
Capital One: Michigan St. vs. SCarolina

Regional Appeal:
Cotton: Baylor vs. Texas A&M
Kraft Fight Hunger: BYU vs. Washington
Belk: Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Music City: Vanderbilt vs. North Carolina

Why?:
Liberty: Georgia vs. E.Carolina
Military: Maryland vs. North Texas
Pinstripe: Rutgers vs. Notre Dame

November 29, 2013  12:26 PM ET

Can't Oregon just forfeit the rest of the season? Playing out their last 2 games is like torture for the players and the viewers.

November 29, 2013  12:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Can't Oregon just forfeit the rest of the season? Playing out their last 2 games is like torture for the players and the viewers.

No. They still have uniform / helmet combinations that haven't been seen on TV.

I can't wait to see their Hot Topics collection.

November 29, 2013  05:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Huh??? Where is this coming from??

From their defeats in all of their big games over the past 5 years Timer. They are beat at the point of attack.

November 29, 2013  06:40 PM ET
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From their defeats in all of their big games over the past 5 years Timer. They are beat at the point of attack.

They are quite a few football teams in college that got/gets beat "at the point of attack" over he last 5 years. Oregon's record for the past 5 years is 55-9, so I'm not too sure where you are coming from???? :-)

November 29, 2013  08:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They are quite a few football teams in college that got/gets beat "at the point of attack" over he last 5 years. Oregon's record for the past 5 years is 55-9, so I'm not too sure where you are coming from???? :-)

Stanford '12; Stanford '13; Auburn 2011; Ohio State 2010. Those are the four that come to mind of huge losses suffered by Oregon when they met a defense that had better push up front that disrupted their option attack. Those are 2 BCS games and two regular season games.
They have laid a foundation for how to attack and defeat that vaunted offense.

November 29, 2013  10:17 PM ET

The Quacks are STILL struggling tonite! heh heh

November 29, 2013  11:09 PM ET

Bummer... The 'Beavers' couldn't pull it out! :-/

November 29, 2013  11:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Stanford '12; Stanford '13; Auburn 2011; Ohio State 2010. Those are the four that come to mind of huge losses suffered by Oregon when they met a defense that had better push up front that disrupted their option attack. Those are 2 BCS games and two regular season games.They have laid a foundation for how to attack and defeat that vaunted offense.

Come on dude the Ducks are 56-9 the last 5 years. Yes they lost to Stanford the last two years and the Auburn NC game was a great game, which the Ducks lost at the finish, last play of the game. The Ohio State game was too long ago for me to be concerned about. You are talking about 4 games in a 5 year span. If fact I can bet you that the Ducks have a better won-loss record than Ohio State the last 5 years, while playing in a better conference with better competition. :-)

November 30, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Come on dude the Ducks are 56-9 the last 5 years. Yes they lost to Stanford the last two years and the Auburn NC game was a great game, which the Ducks lost at the finish, last play of the game. The Ohio State game was too long ago for me to be concerned about. You are talking about 4 games in a 5 year span. If fact I can bet you that the Ducks have a better won-loss record than Ohio State the last 5 years, while playing in a better conference with better competition. :-)

Timer, my point is simply what I stated. They have not won it all because they have not had the beef up front to push around a superior defensive front. The PAC 12 may be what it is but what it is not is a defensive conference.
When the Dux have come up against those front line teams (with stout front 7's) in big games they have struggled and they have lost.

BTW, last night was yet another example. They should have lost that game at home against OSU.

November 30, 2013  08:49 AM ET

For all of its fancy schmancy ESPN, video game numbers has a spread, read-option offense won a national BCS championship?

Only won I can think of is Vince Young over U$C in the "shootout" BCS of 2006.

If U$C possessed any kind of defense they would have won (and damn near did anyhow).

This (razzle dazzle offense) is why Oregon will not win an NC. They either need to get better defense or just get lucky and play a team that does not possess a stout defensive front 7.

November 30, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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Timer, my point is simply what I stated. They have not won it all because they have not had the beef up front to push around a superior defensive front. The PAC 12 may be what it is but what it is not is a defensive conference. When the Dux have come up against those front line teams (with stout front 7's) in big games they have struggled and they have lost. BTW, last night was yet another example. They should have lost that game at home against OSU.

BB, fair enough!!! Yes the Ducks probably should have lose that game last night, just like LSU should have lost to Arky, but the bottom line is they didn't lose. The Ducks aren't as good this year, as they have been in the past. Also I don't buy into that theory, that the 12 PAC is not a defensive conference. In my opinion the 12 PAC is just as good defensively as the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and the ACC "this year".

November 30, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

For all of its fancy schmancy ESPN, video game numbers has a spread, read-option offense won a national BCS championship?Only won I can think of is Vince Young over U$C in the "shootout" BCS of 2006.If U$C possessed any kind of defense they would have won (and damn near did anyhow).This (razzle dazzle offense) is why Oregon will not win an NC. They either need to get better defense or just get lucky and play a team that does not possess a stout defensive front 7.

BB, actually I agree with you, Oregon's defense has improved over the last five years, but must get better. Oregon may never win NC, but there are quite a few college teams that probably won't win a NC in the near future. Just ask a few top college programs like Notre Dame, Stanford, LSU, Auburn and USC. Hell even Ohio State is not a "shoo in" to win a NC game, are even go to a NC game in the near future.

 
November 30, 2013  11:40 PM ET

Nice game, you are officially out of it now with a 1 point win over a **** team. You ain't moving up.

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