Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Week in Sports, by Casey Mitchell

Preseason Rankings

In the latest college football rankings Oregon is ranked 3rd, only behind the Oklahoma Sooners and Alabama. We are in good position for a shot at the Natty but a few things will have to go our way. Oklahoma faces two top 25 teams in weeks 2 and 3 against #6 Florida State and #21 Missouri and Alabama is in the best conference in college football so I'm sure they'll slip up. Everybody is looking forward to the opening game against LSU on September 3rd. However, that won't be our only big test this season. We face Stanford in Palo Alto on November 7th and it will most likely have Division Championship implications, and you can't forget about USC and the always dangerous Civil War Game on November 26th. With the college football season inching closer, it's time for Duck fans to start getting excited.


Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander picked up his MLB best 19th win lat night over Tampa Bay. Verlander gave up 1 run in 7 innings of work while striking out 8 batters. The Cy Young front runner has been lights out this season at 19-5 with a 2.28 ERA, and has won 8 of his last 10 decisions. Verlander has led his team to a commanding 5.5 game lead in the Central over Chicago and Cleveland. He also leads the League in strikeouts and is second in ERA behind Jared Weaver. If he can keep this up for the Tigers, watch out for them in the postseason

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