Our look at position groups in the Pac-12 continues. Arizona: With Ka'Deem Carey off to the NFL, figuring out Arizona's running back situation requires a bit of guesswork. Backups Daniel Jenkins and Kylan Butler are out of eligibility and rising junior Jared Baker tore his ACL in the regular-season finale.
Earlier this morning, we took a look at who might replace the guys who jumped to the NFL in the South Division. Here's a look at the North. Leaving: Brendan Bigelow, RB, Cal The replacement: Khalfani Muhammad and Daniel Lasco are both coming back, so there is at least some experience at the position.
What we learned from the Ducks' win on Saturday: Thomas' impact: RB De'Anthony Thomas' has clearly been surpassed by Byron Marshall -- and to a lesser degree Thomas Tyner -- on the depth chart at running back.
Oregon is terrible on fourth down. The Ducks have converted on just seven of 18 fourth-down plays this year. Their 38.9 conversion rate ranks 10th in the Pac-12, behind struggling teams like Colorado and California.
What did we learn from Oregon's 45-24 win against Washington? The fourth quarter is not a worry: No. 16 Washington was seen as Oregon's first quality opponent, so the big media question in advance of the game was whether the Huskies would test the Ducks and make it a competitive game heading into the fourth quarter.
Two games into the 2013 season, the Oregon Ducks have been as advertised. Disposing of lesser opponents with relative ease and nabbing their 16th consecutive road win, the No. 2 Ducks return home to face 2-0 Tennessee on Saturday.
1. Loyalty is an admirable quality. Loyalty to a fault will get you in trouble. In Manny Diaz's first two seasons as defensive coordinator at Texas, the Longhorns lost games by the score of 55-17, 48-24, 48-45, and 63-21.