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Posted on: October 28, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 4:39 pm

Fourteen months ago they played in the season opener. It was one of those made-for-TV games moved to a Thursday night so the entire country could see Oregon take on upstart Boise State.

It wasn't a vintage Oregon team -- USC was favored to win the Pac-10 again -- but it would soon become an infamous one. Boise was in its fourth season under straight-ahead coach Chris Petersen. Oregon's Chip Kelly took the field in his first game as a head coach.

By the end of the night, Kelly probably didn't know if he'd make it to his second game. His world spun out of control after LeGarrette Blount committed one of the most heinous acts in the history of the game, punching Boise State's Byron Hout after Hout taunted him.

It's not easy to fast forward 14 months. It's mind-numbing. Boise won that night 19-8 showing further proof that it had "arrived." Oregon looked in disarray, the BCS being the BCS the Ducks could have lost all their non-conference games and still the Rose Bowl. They made it to Pasadena in much better shape setting the stage for this week.

The teams that took the field that night are now the two best in the country according to the human polls that a lot of folks put their faith in. It's complicated because the BCS standings say otherwise. For now let's embrace change as Oregon travels to USC. (Boise beat Lousiana Tech on Tuesday.) The last time a Pac-10 team other than USC was No. 1 was Washington in 1992. A WAC team hasn't been ranked this high since BYU won the 1984 national championship ...

Bad news for Auburn? In the middle of the Newtonian euphoria let WWL drop this curd in the punch bowl. Yes, Cam Newton can play quarterback in NFL, so says veteran personnel guru Gil Brandt. Bad news for Tigers everywhree: It could be after this season. Newton is four years out of high school and could, maybe should, leave after this season.

"If you drafted today and [Tim] Tebow was there and Cam Newton there who would you take?" Brandt said. "I can't compare him to anybody else." ...

Nebraska's Taylor Martinez can pass, you just didn't know it. The Huskers' quarterback entered the NCAA pass statistics this week for the first time since Week 2. Because Martinez hadn't averaged the requisite 15 passes per game to be listed in the NCAA stats, he wasn't listed in the top 100. But look at his newly listed pass efficiency numbers after a 23-for-35, five-touchdown performance against Oklahoma State: Martinez is 20th nationally, directly behind Oregon's Darron Thomas and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien. Not bad company.

Martinez is (almost) a 60 percent passer who can run (at times). It adds up to inconsistency. If WWL were guiding Missouri's defense this week it would copy Texas' approach two weeks ago. Assign a second-level spy to Martinez and create a stalemate at the line of scrimmage. When Martinez is running wild, he takes advantage of overpursuing defenses with his 4.4 speed. Missouri's defense has better athletes than Texas. Will it matter? ...

Army (hosting VMI) is averaging 30 points (30.6) for the first time since 1985 ... What's the big deal in Chris Rainey returning to the lineup following his "time to die" blast? In the two games he did play, Florida's speedster had 16 yards in total offense ... Ole Miss' Jeremiah Masoli is one of four quarterbacks nationally to average 50 yards rushing and 180 yards passing per game. Cam Newton is not one of the four ... Missouri leads the country in red zone defense (11 scores in 21 opponents' penetration of the 20) ... It's never a good thing when the NCAA has to clear your best player two days before a game. Oklahoma State said Thursday the NCAA had cleared receiver Justin Blackmon of any NCAA wrongdoing stemming from his DWI earlier this week. The concern, no doubt, for the NCAA was where Blackmon got the tickets for Monday's Cowboys-Giants game. School officials say Blackmon was the designated driver with friends but police in Texas smelled alcohol in the car. Blackmon was cited for misdemeanor DWI for being underage. Props to coach Mike Gundy who swiftly suspended Blackmon for the Kansas State game ... Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly is having an All-American season. He leads the country with 13.9 tackles per game. Kuechly has made at least 10 tackles in 15 straight games ... TCU is the only I-A team that has not allowed a 200-yard passing game.


Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:19 pm

Son of Weekend Watch List

I can't remember a near riot breaking out AFTER the game was over. Anywhere.


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2010 5:16 am

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after LeGarrette Blount committed one of the most heinous acts in the history of the game, punching Boise State's Byron Hout after Hout taunted him.

ha ha ha haha...really?  So when somebody playing sports punches another player it's a moronic statement.  People get punched in all sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, football and of course, hockey.  It happens.  What happned to Rudy Tomjanovich was heinous...what happened to Hout...not so much.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2010 2:22 am

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According to ESPN, Oregon had 6 first downs in that game and Boise State had 22. 

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2010 12:39 am

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You are an idiot if you think Oregon was held to 1 first down.  Think about it.........19 - 8   One first down?  If it were true, and it's not, how bad would you have to be to only win by 11 points?

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 11:38 pm

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And the Ducks are much better too. James and Thomas are clearly superior to Blount and Masoli. It would be a fun game. Lets make it happen.

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 10:26 pm

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Remember, Boise is 21-0 since manhandling the Oregon Ducks in the 2009 opener.  Oregon had zero first half first downs, 1 first down the entire game.  Say what you want, but Boise is a much better team...they return 20 of 22 starters from last season.

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 7:26 pm

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Bring on USC! Chip Kelly has taken the right approach with this team since day one, he is a shining example of . 

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