Ducks Focus to be Tested at Utah

Utah's defense is led by DE Nate Orchard, recently named to the Bednarik watch list. Coming off a tough loss against Arizona State, look for the Utes to be fired up when the Ducks fly into Rice-Eccles stadium in what will be Oregon's greatest challenge remaining in regular season play. The Ducks need to stay sharp and avoid mistakes to continue their momentum.

Last year it was the Ducks coming off a miserable loss to Stanford when the Utes had the misfortune of running into a buzzsaw at Autzen, ending up on the wrong side of a 44-21 final score. Marcus Mariota was protected, Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner ran strong, Rodney Hardrick led a crushing defense. Following last weeks convincing beatdown of Stanford, Oregon has jumped back into thea "Final Four" debate, and Mr. Mariota is at the forefront of Heisman discussions. But at this point, it's all talking heads, which matters naught when kickoff arrives this Saturday night. Completing passes, strong running, and stout defense once again will be needed to prevail. Even the youngest Duck fans know, "Keep your eye on the ball!"

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