"I think the team chemistry and the attitude is very important in keeping them close as a group and the attitude is as important as anything."
Coach Bellotti mentioned a secret weapon as well for his team. The Ducks arch-rival and opponent in The Civil War is Oregon State and the Beavers wear orange and black.
"It doesn't hurt our preparation that they are OSU and that their colors are orange and black," joked Bellotti. "That isn't lost on the Ducks and kind of gets our dander up a little bit."
I think everybody is right in saying that both offenses have an advantage, both defenses are working to get stops, and special teams may be a difference maker and the Cowboys are better there.
"Offense sells tickets, defense wins games, and special teams wins championships," said Bellotti. "I do think special teams will have their day. It is the one area that may not get practiced as much, at least not live, leading up to a bowl game. We did try to do that in order to keep the edge.
<>br> "They have Dez Bryant and they want to get him the ball and we don't want him to have it. If my punter kicks the ball 35 yards out of bounds in this game then I'll be happy. We have some guys in kicking like Matt Evenson and Morgan Flint that are battle tested."
That will be a lot of kicking the ball out of bounds. I believe the Cowboys use special teams and at least one score and another big play to create that 14 point or two touchdown difference.
No. 15 Oregon 34
Season record vs. the spread: 49-35 (games with FCS opponents have no line meaning fewer games vs. the spread)
Missouri 38, Northwestern 13
Kansas 34, Minnesota 21
Clemson 31, Nebraska 28
Texas Tech 49, Mississippi 28
Texas 42, Ohio State 17
Florida 51, Oklahoma 45