Despite the fact that the collective heart of the
The offensive line will have to both protect
Which is not to downplay the talent of the Bears. It is more an indication of what the national voters in these polls think of coach Jeff Tedford, and his ability to field competitive teams. But Tedford's mentor,
And when you mix in the pressure of playing at a packed Autzen Stadium, I would be shocked to see Ayoob succeed if his team's run-game falters.
Also, as always, whoever holds the turnover margin will have an advantage, and in the pouring rain at Autzen, holding on to the football will hold particular importance. A final telling statistic in the matchup Saturday is the fact that the Ducks are 10-1 on Saturdays following a bye in the Bellotti era, including nine straight wins ... possibly ten.