Welcome to the Friday mailbag. Follow the Pac-12 blog on Twitter here. And you can follow my personal Twitter feed here... if you dare. To the notes! Clarence from Cincinnati writes: Ted, The blog is very well run, but I feel you all are very conservative on your predictions and forecasts.
Five storylines to keep an eye on for Oregon's game against Nicholls State. Coaching style: Few are expecting much resistance from the Colonels, a team that was in the state of Oregon last December and was blasted 77-3 by the Beavers.
2013 may be the season of the quarterback in college football, because a lot of good ones are coming back. In the SEC, there's Alabama's AJ McCarron, Georgia's Aaron Murray and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who won the 2012 Heisman Trophy.
We've been talking a lot about running backs this week. There was the feature on Washington running back Bishop Sankey. Some chatter about Arizona and looking ahead to Ka'Deem Carey in 2013 and the ESPN conference-call video segment featuring a dapper Pac-12 blogger talking about the running back race at UCLA.
about 956 days ago | Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell | Washington Huskies
There are 11 conferences in FBS football. Bishop Sankey would have been the leading rusher in five of them last year -- including the ACC, Big 12, Big East and SEC. (Plus the independents, for those keeping track at home).
about 958 days ago | Kevin Gemmell | Washington Huskies
If you include Kenjon Barner, the Ducks have sent their last 10 starting running backs to the NFL. It is no secret that the Ducks have had success at the position and they have done very well on the recruiting trail because of it.
about 981 days ago | Brandon P. Oliver | Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Ducks will enter the 2013 season having lost a possible top-five pick to the NFL draft, the No. 2 rusher in the Ducks' history and two all-league linebackers. The loss of Dion Jordan, Kenjon Barner, Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay will hurt, but potential losses after the 2013 season could sting a lot more.
about 996 days ago | Brandon P. Oliver | Oregon Ducks