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ASU-Oregon: Showdown at Autzen

Sam SourikoffCorrespondent INovember 2, 2007

http://azsportshub.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/1461308143_76974d51c3.jpgWith the huge Oregon-ASU matchup looming, there are many people favoring the Ducks to come out with the W—and for good reason.

The fact of the matter is that Oregon is the much more proven team, having played a much tougher schedule than Arizona State.

Late in the season, you have to look for experience to become a factor over everything else.

ASU had a big win last week, but that was the most energy they'd exerted in any one game this year. A youthful team might not know what they're in for in a big-game atmosphere.

A reeling Cal team with two consecutive losses doesn't count as a big-time opponent. A top-five Oregon squad does.

Oregon has won at the Big House, trumped the most talented team in the conference, and felt the pain of a close loss. I cannot tell you how huge those three things are to this team's mindset.

Not only did the victories add to the Duck's confidence—their loss to Cal showed that the only way they could lose a game was by giving it away.

When you bounce back form a devastating loss like the Ducks have, you may well reap the benefits down the road.

That's what this Ducks team will do this weekend. No let up—just keep rolling Oregon.

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