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It's showdown Saturday in the Rose Bowl, as Oregon and UCLA look to break out; Issues & Answers

Published Jan 01, 0001

Reports indicate Jake Fisher will play for Oregon, and that could be a game-changer.

Will Jake Fisher be back today to anchor the offensive line for Oregon?

Well, who knows for sure?

Injury information is as closely guarded in Eugene as the crown jewels.

If I heard the report on ESPN College GameDay correctly, it sounds as if he will.

This report from Aaron Fentress of indicates Fisher "is expected" to start.

Of course, the technicalities of starting vs. nonstarting don't matter. If Fisher, plays -- regardless of whether he is on the field or not for Oregon's first snap -- it could be a game-changer.

Offensive line issues have plagued the Ducks for the past two games. The big senior could stabilize the situation and help the Ducks move the ball consistently, rather than depending on quarterback Marcus Mariota to do something extraordinary.

That's advantage Oregon in a game that could decide which of these two teams will remain in the jockeying for a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Could a two-loss team still get into the four-team playoff? Well, maybe. But crashing the party with two losses would mean getting lots of help elsewhere, and it's probably not something to rely upon.

Besides, expecting a team with two losses in October to win out seems foolish.

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Excellent story by the Orange County Register's Scott M. Reid, describing the the Nike-driven athletic culture at Oregon, and the faculty backlash.

Arik Armstead has a big body and big dreams, but the Oregon defensive lineman hasn't reached his goals. Really nice piece by the O's Andrew Greif.

UCLA's Owamagbe Odighizuwa, the former five-star recruit from David Douglas, looks for a happy ending to his college career.

Beat UCLA and the Ducks are back in this thing.

No margin for error for UCLA and Oregon.

Aaron Fentress of picks UCLA to beat the Ducks -- unless Armstead and Jake Fisher play.

The Bruins have a chance to prove their big-game mettle.

Quarterbacks take center stage when Oregon plays UCLA.

R-G analyst Ken Woody says the Ducks have been uninspired and undisciplined.

Three things the folks at will be watching today in Pasadena.

The O's John Canzano wants to know, do you trust the Ducks?

Some quick facts about Oregon-UCLA.

Three UCLA players who must step up against the Ducks.

Gallery preview 

Until this year, OSU receiver-turned-defensive end Obum Gwacham's biggest impact had been off the field. Well, and as a high jumper. Gwacham has cleared 7 feet 1 3/4 while jumping for OSU, which technically doesn't have a men's track program.

OSU pass rusher Lavonte Barnett is making the most of his opportunities.

Gina Mizell and Connor Letourneau of The Oregonian discuss the Beavers as they begin prep for Thursday's game with a very good Utah team in a podcast.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham won't tip his hand about who will start at QB against the Beavers.

Utah opens up competition for the starting receiving spots.

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News picks UCLA, USC and Cal to win this week.

Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times: Sorry state of the SEC East marginalizes the conference.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times: Another maddening loss in Washington State's maddening season.

Bud Withers of the Seattle Times: Youthful Cougars wilt in the clutch.

Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle: Stanford doesn't look like an upper-echelon team.

Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman-Review: The officiating crew let the two teams play, which was to Stanford's advantage.

Assertive defense carries Stanford over Wazzu.

Stanford's size and strength are too much for the Cougs.

Stanford rediscovers the tight ends to roll over WSU.

Cardinal tight end Greg Taboada emerges as a threat in the red zone.

Stanford pulls away late to beat WSU.

Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star: Life suddenly is very different at Arizona, the little program that could.

Five story lines for tonight's Arizona-USC game.

Arizona wins for the love of the game.

Undefeated Arizona looks to continue a crazy season of success.

Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel is the under-appreciated, mad genius behind Arizona's defense,

Tonight's game at Arizona will be a turning point for USC.

The Trojans are at a crossroads.

USC hopes the disaster at the end of the Arizona State game isn't a precedent.

Cal isn't looking past Washington. Just an aside here, but why on earth would a team that plays defense as poorly as the Bears do look past anybody.

Huskies go on the road to test a vastly improved Cal team.

Colorado cornerback Ken Crawley is nothing if not aggressive.

The links from Ducks Sports Now.

The links from Beaver Sports Now.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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UO men move up one spot in the cross country rankings; Pilots remain No. 5

Published Jan 01, 0001

Oregon's women hold steady at No. 3.

LYAWYKDTZRVPFZA.20121204010824.jpgCole Watson 

The Oregon men's cross country team moved from No. 3 to No. 2 in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association poll.

Led by senior Cole Watson, the Ducks won the Chester Bowles Invitational on Saturday in Salem against small college competition while resting many of their top individuals.

The University of Portland men's team is ranked No. 5. The Pilots also were fifth-ranked last week.

Also unchanged were the UO women, still third in the national rankings.

Here is the men's top five: Colorado, Oregon, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma State and Portland.

Here is the women's top five: Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Georgetown and Arkansas.

This is the release from the USTFCCCA about this week's poll.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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The UO women put six runners in the top 15 to win the Washington Invitational Cross Country meet

Published Jan 01, 0001

Northern Arizona wins the men's competition.

FJWRRMJWRHHVCWT.20140912190544.jpgLindsay Crevoiserat 

Lindsay Crevoiserat's fourth-place finish led six the Oregon women to the Washington Invitational team title Saturday in Seattle.

The third-ranked Ducks edged fourth-ranked Stanford 48-55 in the final team scores.

Crevoiserat's time in the 6,000 meter race was 20 minutes, 29 seconds.

Stanford freshman Elise Cranny was the individual winner. She crossed the finish line in 20:11.

Northern Arizona won the men's team title. The University of Portland finished ninth. The UO men did not compete in the meet.

Here are complete results the Washington Invitational.

Here is Oregon's release on the meet.

-- Ken Goeo | @KenGoe

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The Oregon women drop one spot in the college cross country rankings

Published Jan 01, 0001

The Pilots move into the men's top five.

FJWRRMJWRHHVCWT.20140912190544.jpgLindsay Crevoiserat was the top UO finisher in the women's competition at the Dellinger Invitational, Oregon's only home cross country meet this season. 

The Oregon Ducks dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in the cross country rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The UO men held firm at No. 3 in the men's rankings, despite the Ducks' convincing victory last week in the Battle in Beantown meet hosted by Boston College.

The University of Portland men's team moved into the top five at No. 5.

Here is how the women's top five looks: Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgetown.

The men's top five has a decidedly western slant, with Colorado No. 1, followed by Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Portland.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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Dennis Kimetto sets the men's world marathon record in Berlin, Shalane Flanagan's record bid falls short

Published Jan 01, 0001

Flanagan led through much of the women's race.

Kenyan Dennis Kimetto set the world record Sunday while winning the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds.

Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya was second in 2:03:13, which also bettered the world record time of 2:03:23 set last year in Berlin by Wilson Kipsang.

Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:20:18.

Shalane Flanagan of the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club was third in 2:21:14.

Flanagan was bidding to break the U.S. record of 2:19:36 set by Deena Kastor in 2006, and made a bold attempt. She led for much of the way, but couldn't hold the pace over the second half of the race.

Flanagan's third-place time is the second-fastest ever run by a U.S. woman.

Here are the results of the Berlin Marathon.

-- Ken Goe | @KenGoe

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