The new Phil Steele college football magazine arrived in my mail slot this morning. Remember last year when Duck fans were up in arms when he picked them 6th. Well this year he has Oregon 2nd, behind USC. He expects Darron Thomas to beat out Nate Costa for the starting quarterback position. Steele says if Masoli was returning he'd have picked them as the 4th best team in the nation. He feels Oregon State will run 5th with the 6th toughest schedule in the nation that includes a pair of Top 10 out of conference games against TCU and Boise State. The Beavs do pull Oregon & USC at home, along with Cal and Arizona State which should work in their favor.
I was really pleased to hear new Pac 10 commissioner Larry Scott say that when the league expands to the Pac 12 they favor keeping in tact playing 9 conference games. There will be a split into two, six team divisions and you play your divisional rivals each year. They're mulling multiple plans. We will discuss those on the show today.
Want to thank everyone who passed along some of the wacky injury stories. After Chris Coghlan tore his meniscus in his knee during a post game celebration, we gave it a mention and the flood gates opened. Pretty funny as well as some disturbing circumstances.