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Ducks out to prove Pac-10's about more than USC

An Oregon win over Oklahoma would mean a lot to the Ducks. The Pac-10 sure could use it, too, writes Ted Miller.

Updated: September 14, 2006, 7:25 PM ET
By Ted Miller | Special to ESPN.com

Oregon's Mike Bellotti isn't like most football coaches. He's not afraid to tell you what he thinks.

So, yes, he admits awareness of the present college football pecking order. He knows the Pac-10's up-and-down reputation has been drubbed by a series of embarrassing nonconference defeats. He knows that three conference teams trying to prove the Pac-10 is about more than USC were spanked by a combined count of 120-35 at SEC venues and that Oregon State and Stanford were humiliated by Boise ...

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