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BCS Championship Day 4
Wednesday, January 5, 7 p.m. MST

Each day has gotten progressively nicer since Oregon's arrival in the greater Phoenix area on Sunday, with temperatures warming a few more degrees Wednesday under brilliant blue skies.

Although officially four weeks away, it could have just as easily been Groundhog Day for most of the Ducks as they went through their normal routine for a third straight day. One difference for a few of the guys was a press conference at the media hotel featuring defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and five of his charges: Brandon Bair, Talmadge Jackson III, Casey Matthews, Spencer Paysinger and Kenny Rowe.

Kenny Rowe, normally a man of few words, fielded dozen's of questions about Oregon's defense and Auburn's offense.

Coach Al held court for the entire 30-minute session and had the scribes and photographers laughing as he was on a roll answering questions and finally needed to be led away by the arm to an awaiting van so he could make it to the practice field in time.

Video from today's press conference will be posted at GoDucks.TV.

Thursday's presser will feature offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and five players from that side of the ball.

Lost in the shuffle with everything else going on in the last month was the fact that I failed to put up a photo blog post from the Oregon State game. Normally, we don't have a photographer at away games, but our man on the sidelines, Eric Evans, was on hand in Corvallis and delivered some of his best shots of the year. Enjoy-

Casey Matthews set the tone for the UO defense early in the 1st quarter.

The Ducks were all business in the regular season finale.

Darron Thomas first year as a starting quarterback couldn't have gone any better.

Yet another grab for Jeff Maehl.

Is LaMichael James the best running back in UO history? He'll have at least one more year to make a case for himself.

Brandon Hanna is one of 11 players with multiple sacks this season.

Kenjon Barner had bookend 100-yard rushing games during the regular season, hitting the century mark vs. New Mexico and at Oregon State.

The universal sign for "Go Ducks."

Michael Clay showed off some great moves on his 64-yard run.

A great blocker in his own right, D.J. Davis gets to follow his teammates on this play.

Cliff Harris with the ball in his hands will be a lasting memory of the 2010 season.

The way Dion Jordan looked and played on the defensive line and on special teams, it's hard to believe he spent last year at tight end.

The Ducks would drop to No. 2 after the win over Oregon State, but DT's signal was applicable to the Ducks' standing in the Pac-10 race

Justin Hoffman basks in the glow of the Civil War victory.

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