Oregon week begins in earnest this morning, as the Huskies will practice before coach Chris Petersen holds his weekly 1 p.m. press conference. Think he might get asked about this game? Anyway, here are some links.
--- Here are the week's opening betting lines courtesy of VegasInsider.com, with Oregon opening as anywhere from a 19-to-21-point favorite over the visiting Huskies. If that seems high, keep in mind the Huskies haven't come within 17 points of the Ducks since the last time they beat them, in 2003.
--- Shaq Thompson was named Athlon's national defensive player of the week after recording 11 tackles and returning a fumble 100 yards for a touchdown in UW's 31-7 victory over California.
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--- Here's what Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said about the Huskies, via the Oregonian: "Well just watching their defense they create a ton of pressure on the quarterback. They've had a million takeaways defensively and they're very versatile on defense. I haven't watched any of their offense or special teams yet, I'll do that later on in the week but very talented. A lot of the same personnel they had last year, a bunch of the speed on all levels, up front, their second level guys and their secondary."
--- UCLA coach Jim Mora says the season isn't lost yet. Maybe not, but the Bruins' College Football Playoff hopes certainly appear to be.
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