Saturday, September 1, 2012

Gameday, by Casey Mitchell

This is Casey Mitchell guest blogging for ST today. This year's season opener for the Ducks may not be quite the task as last year's, but never the less, Oregon Football is here again! The season kicks off tonight at Autzen Stadium in the first ever meeting between the Ducks and the Arkansas St Red Wolves. Marcus Mariota takes the field for the first time as the Oregon starting quarterback, and regardless of the opponent, it will be good to see how he handles the pressure of the prime time on ESPN. He is going to be filling in some big shoes after arguably the most successful QB in Oregon history, Darron Thomas. I know that there were times last year when Thomas would make some bonehead plays, but I'll tell you what, anytime a quarterback leads his team to two straight Conference Championships and two straight BCS Bowl Games in his first two seasons starting, he gets an A in my book. Mariota will be looking to repeat that kind of success and it all starts tonight. I don't see the Red Wolves pulling off any sort of upset and the Ducks will take advantage of the cake season opener. Prediction -- Ducks 56  Wolves 10
In other sports news, today marks the first day of September baseball and the races are really heating up. After having a huge lead in July, The Yankees are now just 2 games up on the O's. Over the last 10 games the two teams have gone in complete directions. The Yanks have gone 3-7 while the Orioles have won 7 of their last 10. With just a little over a month left in the regular season, that is going to be one tight race between the two teams but also with the Tampa Bay Rays right on their heels.

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