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Oregon on a Tear in the Pac-12

Ducks have won 19 straight league games by an average of 20.6 points
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<p> Ducks have won 19 straight league games by an average of 20.6 points</p>

By Mitch Light

At the risk of stating the obvious: Oregon is on quite a tear in the Pac-10-turned-12. The Ducks just won their 19th straight league game — and did so in impressive fashion — and they have won 27 of their last 28 conference games dating back to the 2008 season.

The most impressive stat during their winning streak: The Ducks have won those 19 straight by an average of 20.6 points.

This Just In: Stanford is Really, Really Good

Andrew Luck has led the Cardinal to the top of the Pac-12
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<p> Andrew Luck has led the Cardinal to the top of the Pac-12</p>

By Mitch Light

Stanford lost its final three games of the 2008 season. Needing only one win to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2001, the Cardinal lost consecutive games to Oregon, USC and Cal by an average of 16.7 points.

Arizona State has Pac-12 South title wrapped up

A win at Oregon Saturday could have Sun Devils thinking BCS
<p> With the Pac-12 South title all but wrapped up, Arizona State could put itself in position for a possible BCS bowl with a win at Oregon on Saturday.</p>

By Mitch Light

If it were a political race, the networks would already have declared Arizona State the winner of the Pac-12 South. Yes, we are barely into October, but it’s quite clear that the Sun Devils will be playing in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 2 — likely in Palo Alto or Eugene.

Oregon's LaMichael James Suffers Elbow Injury (Video)

LaMichael James suffered an elbow injury against California.
<p> Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James suffers an elbow injury against California.&nbsp;</p>
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running back LaMichael James suffered a rather nasty elbow injury in Thursday night's win over California. Before leaving with the injury, James posted his third-straight game of at least 200 rushing yards. The junior's final tally indicated 240 yards and one rushing touchdown against the Golden Bears.

Athlon Awards: Running Back Units

Oregon's LaMichael James is back for another run as the Heisman.
<p> Athlon Sports ranks the best running back units in college football for 2011.</p>

They're the teams within the team - those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it's the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball - these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.