Saturday, September 4, 2010

Good Luck Ducks, Week 1: Fresh Start

Unless you've been living in a cave recently, or at least a cave that doesn't have ESPN, you're likely well aware that we've reached the time of year where baseball and football begin to overlap. It's summer, with leaves falling at an increased frequency. Guys wearing helmets hit each other. Other guys yell things about the guys hitting each other.

Okay, okay, so what about the Ducks? When we last left off... okay, nevermind. I'm not getting into that. We're starting with a clean slate here. Oregon comes in ranked #11 in the AP poll, with a brand new quarterback (the old one broke) and a fresh set of goals... and a target on their backs. After winning the conference by two full games, something no other Pac-10 team had done in the last 18 years, they come in as the narrow preseason favorites over postseason ineligible USC. For as good as Oregon was last season, the lows were embarrassingly low and tough to stomach. Here's to hoping for a successful, drama-free 2010 season.

Today's opponent is the New Mexico Lobos, coming off of a 1-11 season. Oregon is favored by 35 points. Cautious optimism is the best approach here in my opinion. Yes, I'd like to think that the Ducks will score tons of points and come away with an easy win, but it's always tough to say what will happen before the first game of the season has taken place. I don't have any relevant YouTube footage to show this week, so let's just look at a Dennis Dixon-led 2007 squad being awesome set to Modest Mouse music for some reason.

Game time is 12:30 PDT at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. No national TV, but you can catch it locally on the Oregon Sports Network/Comcast SportsNet NW.


TJ said...

"The old one broke". Thank you for that. It made my day. Go Beavers!

camclow said...

Are you satisified, because I am? Back-up running back goes off! Only mistake was one pick and I'd rather have DT's first pick come now rather than in a game against Tennessee where he might let it fluster him too much. Great win.