Saturday, September 27, 2008

Trip to Washington State will tell a lot about Ducks

After three wins followed by a startling setback to Boise State, Oregon’s football team seems to be sitting on the edge.

Saturday’s game at Washington State will do a lot to answer which direction the Ducks are going —either a game that shows better things are to come, or an early-season collapse.

Yes, Oregon will have Jeremiah Masoli back at quarterback after his concussion last week that kept him out of much of the action against Boise State. And sure, Darron Thomas looked the part of a composed college quarterback in his 15 minutes of playing time and fame - he took the mobs of reporters and cameras in stride this week at practice.

But is it good enough that Oregon fans have to cross their fingers about their third-, fourth- and fifth-string quarterbacks, not to mention hoping for the resurgence of the strong defense they’ve known all season? Or is last week’s loss to Boise State just an anomaly for a successful season to come?

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