The BCS computers may have Oregon at No. 8, but the eyes tell a different story.
The Ducks absolutely dismantled UCLA Thursday night with a 60-13 victory. Sure, the Bruins aren’t exactly Pac-10 royalty, but what made Oregon so impressive was their execution. From the first interception to the final kneel down, Oregon executed their game plan brilliantly. At times, the yellow-clad team looked more like mutant robots from Mars than kids.
The Ducks were crisp, but aggressive. They finished every play until the whistle blew. That’s why they are the No. 1 team in the country in the polls that really matter.
Alabama has the most NFL potential. Ohio State has veterans and talent. Boise State is well-coached. None of them, though, execute like Oregon.
Any time the camera pans over to Chip Kelly, he never looks satisfied; there’s always a scowl on his face. Perhaps it his constant discontent that drives him, and his players, to perfection.
If Oregon can get past USC next Saturday in week nine, the road to the Pac-10, and the National Championship, becomes a little easier. But looking ahead can be the death knell for any team. To maintain focus, Kelly preaches “win the day” to his players.
With each half, quarter, possession and play, the Ducks found something at which to win. If the Ducks stay the course, they might win more than just the day.
Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.
The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.
Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.
Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.
Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).
CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.
Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.
Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.
Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.
Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.