A "Voice of the Fan" Article by Jeff Newcomb
Watching the first six minutes of this game was akin to having a root canal for fun. After that, Ducks cruised. Questions about The Helf and Scott have been resolved, kicking is improved, Mariota marched, and all is right in the world.
Around the rest of the Pac-12, there were some interesting games that have quite the impact on the future of the Oregon Ducks.
Over haulin': Brandin Cooks hauled in 9 passes for 210 yards in the Beavers 51-48 win over Utah, including the clinching touchdown in overtime. (Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports)
The Fuskies took on the Fighting Illini and survived, unusual for them on the road as of late, cementing their ranking in the top 20.
That other team from Southern California didn't even show up in the first quarter against Nebraska and still layed a whoopin on them. Hundley came to life after being down 21-3 and won it gong away. Ranked 16th, with a freshman defense improving by the game and an offense ...