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UCLA-Oregon: Bruins – Perfect Props for a Duck Coronation in Eugene?

YAY!! National spotlight! ESPN’s College Game Day is heading to Eugene to feature the matchup between no. 2 Oregon and no. 11/12 UCLA.

Steve Dykes

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Expect this to be a one-sided national hype machine (deservedly so) for Oregon Ducks, where Jim Mora and his sloppy and poorly disciplined football program (but hey!!! we are so much more improved from the days of 0-50!!!) will not be much more than a national afterthought. From SBN:

Saturday will mark the first visit to Eugene by the GameDay road show this season. GameDay was on site two weeks ago when the Ducks played at Washington, but has not visited Eugene since Nov.17, 2012, when then-No. 1 Oregon faced Stanford. It will be the eighth time that GameDay has broadcast from Eugene, and the fifth consecutive year that ESPN's Saturday pregame show has visited the Oregon campus. Only Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, USC and LSU have hosted the show more times.

Next week's game at Autzen Stadium could be pivotal to the Pac-12 title race. The Ducks hold a one-game lead atop the Pac-12 North standings, while UCLA's loss to Stanford Saturday cost them their own divisional lead. Oregon opens as a 20-point favorite.

At best we are probably going to be a "feel good story" about how Mora has brought the program along in last two years (leveraging all the talent left behind by Rick Neuheisel), and will be left with looking for silver linings next Sunday morning.

I am sure we are going to be seeing posts and comments about how our OL is so (forever) young and how our guys are still learning to play in big game. There will also be breathless press-releases from Morgan Center this week about how Bruins are playing on the national stage.

I am guessing no one except handful don't have any expectations for a victory next weekend, because you know after all we are mostly a fanbase that revels in moral victories.