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Chick Picks with Joanna

Week 9

Corvallis is enjoying tailgating more the second half of their season, while the Buffaloes put 2 on the board to avoid a shutout….
Everyone has friends that they want to support in life. Old friends that you have known for years; new friends that you meet at work and grow to respect. But there comes a time when those beloved and cherished individuals say things so crazy that you just can’t stand by smiling – because that would give them the idea that you actually agree with what they are saying. That happened to me this week when I got an email from a friend talking about how good the Beavers look and how they have a legitimate shot at the Pac12 Championship. So I’ll feel so much better after getting this off my chest: Yes, Sean Mannion is on fire and the Beavers (2-5, 2-2 Pac12) did dominate Washington State (3-4, 1-3 Pac12) last weekend with an impressive 44-21 win, but No, Beaver Believers and Dave – that pie in the sky scenario isn’t going to happen this season. Santa would have to grant a lot wishes – no miracles, before the upcoming holiday season.
That’s the thing with Beaver fans. They win two and all the sudden they start talking about being a legitimate contender for the Pac 12 Championship and being eligible for a bowl game. Wonder how this could actually happen? Here’s the scenario: No. 4 Stanford would have to fall to either USC or the Golden Bears and beat No. 7 Oregon, AND Oregon State would have to win all of their remaining games. Sounds pretty simple… if their remaining games were say Utah, Colorado, Arizona, or anyone Boise State plays in their conference. But that’s not the case for the Beavs. They do play Utah this coming weekend, but then they meet up with Stanford (7-0, 5-0 Pac12), travel to Cal, host Washington, and finish up their regular season November 26 at Autzen Stadium against the Ducks. I’m just going to end that scenario and move onto something more believable; which is their second win of the season last weekend at Reser Stadium.

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Pac 12 offensive player of the week Sean Mannion was 26 of 34 (76.5% completion rate) for 376 yards and one interception as the Beavers put 44 on the board against the Cougs last weekend, racking up 551 yards of offense and securing their second win of the season. Mannion connected with eleven receivers throughout the day, including Wheaton for 5 receptions and 100 yards and Brandin Cooks for 3 catches and 70 yards. Malcolm Agnew rushed for 103 yards and looked more like the back we saw the first game of the season when he put up 223 against Sacramento State. The Beavs dominated this entire game and one of the only areas Riley had to work on this week was penalties. The Beavs were penalized 14 times for 120 yards. Not an impressive stat, but that did take me back to the 2002 Fiesta Bowl when Oregon State was flagged 18 times for 174 yards as they crushed the Fighting Irish 41-9. Despite the 174 yards, that was a good day for Oregon football…
Up next: The Beavs head west this weekend to take on Utah (3-4, 0-4 Pac12). If the Beavs are able to repeat their performance last weekend they should have no trouble Saturday night. Game Time: 5:00 PM
No. 9 Oregon (6-1, 4-0 Pac 12) traveled to Colorado (1-7, 0-4 Pac12) last weekend and romped the roaming Buffaloes 45-2 in a game that Oregon dominated from the first 90 seconds off the clock. The Ducks made it into the end zone on their first four possessions of the game, with the first coming when Kenjon Barner rushed for 4 yards and Jackson Rice followed with a successful conversion to put the Ducks up 8-0. The Ducks scored an average of every 95 seconds on their first four possessions.

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Freshman QB Bryan Bennett started in place of Darron Thomas, who was injured the prior week when an ASU player landed on his left leg. Bennett was 11 of 21 for 156 yards and no interceptions. Oregon piled up 527 yards of total offense even without LaMichael James on the field. Kenjon Barner finished the day with 10 carries for 115 yards and 2 TD’s.
Luck hasn’t been with the Buffaloes their first year in the Pac 12 conference. Colorado’s injury list is getting longer each week and currently there are over 12 players listed. It doesn’t look too bright for them this weekend either as they travel west to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday at 3:30 PST.
Up next: Oregon hosts the Cougars this weekend at Autzen Stadium; 12:00 PM kickoff. Washington State (3-4, 1-3 Pac12) started their season off strong winning 3 of their first 4 games. The last three weeks haven’t been as favorable for the Cougs as they fell to UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, and Oregon State. Even if Thomas and James watch the game from the sidelines, this matchup could get ugly for the Cougs the second half of the game….
Speaking of things getting ugly, No. 7 Stanford defeated the Washington Huskies (ranked No. 22 week 8) last weekend 65-21 in a match up that was anything but even. Stanford scored on 5 of their first 6 possessions of the game; scoring 3 rushing TD’s and 2 in the air. The Huskies hung with the Cardinal for the first quarter, but the next three quarters Stanford was in full control.

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Andrew Luck was 16 of 22 for 169 yards and 2 TD passes. Stanford racked up 615 yards of total…yeah, you read that right – 615 yards of total offense; 446 of that on the ground. Junior back Stepfan Taylor had 10 carries for 138 yards and Tyler Gaffney added 117 on 9 carries. Sophomore back Anthony Wilkerson also posted some impressive numbers with 93 yards on 14 carries.
They are good…no doubt about it. Just how good are they? Check out these stats:
1.     Andrew Luck: QB has a 71.8% completion rate and has thrown 20 TD passes with just 3 interceptions. He is projected to be the #1 NFL Draft pick.
2.     Offensive line: The O line has given up just two sacks the entire season.
3.     Stanford averages 49 points per game.
4.     They average 7.5 yards per play on offense.
5.     Second half this season they have outscored their opponents 188-33.

Up next for the Dawgs: The Wildcats head north to Husky Stadium this weekend to meet up with the Huskies.

ESPN College GameDay travels to the Coliseum this weekend for a much anticipated Pac 12 matchup between rivals No. 20 USC and No. 4 Stanford....
The last time GameDay visited the Coliseum I was there – it was a year ago when USC hosted the Oregon Ducks. 90,000 fans showed up – the majority of them in hopes that the No. 25 Mighty Trojans would knock off the No. 2 team in the country. The seats were great. My die hard, USC Mighty Trojan alumni boss gave me a ticket and invited me to the Alumni luncheon. There wasn’t very much yellow and green in the room that day. Barkley and his crew came through the luncheon with welcoming high fives and handshakes strolling in to that constant annoying beat you hear during 90% of the game when you play Southern Cal. I let Barkley know that ‘he was going down’ and all I got from him was this odd look – probably wondering how a Duck fan was able to sneak in…
This beautiful, sunny day in Southern Cal happened to also be their homecoming weekend. SC came out fighting, and looked solid for the first two quarters. They scored two TD’s to open up the second half and went up on the Ducks 32-29. But the Ducks answered back with 24 points in the second half to secure the 53-32 win and keep their hopes alive for the national title. I remember watching LaMichael run up and down the field and finishing the day with 36 carries and 239 yards, silencing the crowd of 90,000 as they made a mass exit out of the stadium five minutes into the fourth.
What I also remember about that day is witnessing this undeniable shift from the Powerhouse Trojans to the Oregon Ducks. SC has dominated this conference the past decade, just like Boise State dominates theirs. But times are changing and on that clear Saturday night I saw it. Die hard SC fans will tell you when they become bowl eligible again next season they'll back in the saddle for another national championship.  Could it happen? Possibly…we will see…we will see... you never really know what’s gonna happen in the PAC….
No. 20 USC vs. No. 4 Stanford Game time: Saturday night at 5:00PM on ABC. This should be a great one to watch as Stanford will be tested for the first time this season against an arch rival. Stanford has defeated their last 10 opponents by 25 or more points and is favored by 7.5 points with the total set at 60 points.


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10/27/2011 10:01AM
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10/27/2011 12:11PM
Chick picks better than most picks
Good job 1080 the fan . . . I check this column every week and have learned more about PAC 12 football from Joanna than any other sports columnist . . . Nice pick with chick picks
10/27/2011 1:16PM
Unbreakable Trojan
You must be kidding! Who wrote this column, Stanford over USC in Los Angeles? Puhleeze. We crushed Notre Dame and will do the same to the Trees as Andrew runs out of Luck. Just ask Lee Corso! Ducks turn is coming up soon for a major beat down courtesy of the Mighty Men of Troy. UT
10/27/2011 2:47PM
Go Beavs
Yes this is probably a building year for OSU. I am just hoping for some good games coming up. They have some giants to kill.
10/27/2011 3:23PM
Go Ducks!
Ducks looks solid this year and I'm not concerned with the Trojans but we have to be healthy for Stanford. Great jon with your weekly updates. Nice to support of the PAC northwest teams.
10/27/2011 6:00PM
Trees and Trojans
SC is going down!!!
10/27/2011 7:14PM
Unbreakable Trojan
T&T- no chance, Trojans rock! It is Barkley's last year and this is the chance for him to illustrate his superiority to Luck and impress the scouts. Should be a goodie...
10/29/2011 11:45AM
The Beavs need to crush Oregon State this weekend. You're right the championship game is unlikely but we have the best game of the season last weekend. We need to do the same today. I agree with all of your picks this week.
10/29/2011 11:46AM
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