One man's carefully considered speculation and observation is another man's uninformed blather. Here are a couple of impressions after Oregon's 5th straight victory over Oregon State and the end of the regular season:
Chip Kelly and his staff have ramped up the speed and athleticism on Oregon's roster in the last four years, and it's a big reason why the defense has become such a turnover machine. All four of the interceptions (Jackson, Dargan, Olomu and Alonso were athletic plays, with the defenders showing great hands, especially for that side of the ball. A four star recruit like Keanon Lowe has a pivotal role on special teams, and he scoops up two fumble recoveries.
The most beautiful sight in yesterday's game? Reser Stadium three quarters empty with six minutes to play in the game. The Beavers have had a nice season and a wonderful turnaround, but those empty seats illustrated how stark and how wide the gap is between these two teams in terms of talent and support.