OSU Predictions, Players of the Week
Tuesday, December 8, 8:00 a.m. PST
Another big win for the Ducks and another lackluster week for the Duck Feed predictions. It's going to take a near perfect effort at the Rose Bowl to finish on a winning note this season.
1. Jeff Maehl scores for the third straight Civil War.
Correct. The combination of his past success against the Beavers and the current scoring tear he is on made this pick feel like a slam dunk. As his position coach Scott Frost said during Sunday's banquet, when he wasn't roasting his girth-challenged pupil, "Jeff has gone from being a really good player to a difference maker."
Incorrect. I can't come clean with this prediction for fear of tipping Oregon's next opponent to a potential wrinkle in the game plan. Suffices to say I got it wrong, but it could very well appear in the final predictions post Jan. 1.
3. This game will be decided by double-digits.
Incorrect. The 2009 Civli War was a tighter game than I expected, mostly due to the poise of Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield, who handled Autzen Stadium with the Rose Bowl on the line like it was just another day at the office. There are a few coaches out there, some even in the Pac-10, who would have punched in one more score on the game's final drive for a bigger margin of victory, but that list doesn't include either of the men on the sidelines last Thursday.
4. LaMichael James wins the battle of former Texas prep stars.
Correct. Until he shows that he can be nullified by an opposing defense, I'll never bet against LaMike. Jacquizz Rodgers is one of the top backs in football, but Oregon's run defense has seen its share of quality runners this season and shut down - or at least slowed down - everyone but Stanford's Toby Gerhart.
5. Oregon forces at least two turnovers.
Incorrect. Had I changed "forces" to "has" this would have worked out fine. It's not often you can give a quality opponent a couple of freebies and still win. That's a pretty good indicator of just how good the 2009 Ducks have been to this point.
Weekly mark: 2-3 (.400) • Season mark: 29-31 (.483)
OREGON PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
The game has been played, the film has NOT been studied, and the Oregon coaching staff has NOT determined the team's top performers for Game 12. So, since they have been busy with more important things like recruiting, following the Civil War win for the Roses, I'll chime in with who I think they will eventually pick upon their return. Following is a list of last week's game ball winners:
Offense: LaMichael James and Jeremiah Masoli
Defense: Kenny Rowe (huge second-half plays may have swung the game in UO's favor)
Special Teams: D.J. Davis (fumble recovery on kickoff return was a key play)
Offensive Scout: Garrett Davis (portrayed Jaquizz Rodgers)
Defensive Scout: Anthony Anderson (always shows a good look)
Special Teams Scout: Pono Kam (If you're ever in need of a ST scout team POTW, pick Kam - that's what the coaches would do)