Welcome to The DuckTerritory Stock Exchange. The DTSE as we here call it looks at all things Oregon, Pac-12, College football, and well anything else we see worthy of tracking for securities exchange.
Kenjon Barner's stock continues to climb.
The DTSE issues three stock formats: BUY! BUY! BUY!, Holdings Left Tackles Enjoy, and lastly Plummeting Stocks.
Remember - what the DTSE says goes and you should take it all the way to the bank.
BUY! BUY! BUY!
The DTSE was already pretty high on Kenjon Barner’s stock but following his 321 yards rushing and five touchdown performance against USC on Saturday the DTSE is looking for all available stock and scooping it up. You couldn’t have scripted this better for Barner as he had to wait three years behind LaMichael James to get his starting position. Now all Barner is doing is exceeding expectations and delivering thrilling performances.
Barner would have joined the Heisman discussion no matter who the Ducks played when he ran for a school record 321 yards and five touchdowns but the fact that he did it on national television, against a ranked foe, and against USC on the road launched him into position where he could win it.
[b]Receiver Josh Huff
I wondered before the game against USC if Oregon would see a receiver have a breakout game and if it they did I thought it would come from Josh Huff. Huff performed well and had his best game as an Oregon Duck with 126 yards receiving and two touchdowns on just six catches.
Huff has been waiting for that breakout game and we saw glimpses of it throughout the season. Now after a big game against one of the league’s best teams could Huff make that play the norm?
Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota
The Pac-12’s top two freshmen in the conference could be these two redshirt freshmen quarterbacks. Both quarterbacks are leading their respected teams to terrific seasons and are looking to square off against each other in the Pac-12 Championship Game November 30th.
The scary thing is that we could see these two quarterbacks have a few more battles as both Oregon and UCLA are very young and are only going to get better. The Pac-12’s future at quarterback looks very bright and the DTSE thinks it is headlined by Mariota and Hundley.
Is there a better player in the country than USC sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee? The last two games Lee has caught 28 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns while adding 374 yards in the return game. Lee is a first round lock in the NFL draft either in 2013 or in 2014 depending on when he declares and should have himself a seat in New York for the Heisman Ceremonies.
The DTSE thought Lee was even better in person than on TV.
Holdings Left Tackles Enjoy
20 for 23 passing for 303 yards and four touchdowns and you are about the fourth of fifth storyline in a USC vs Oregon showdown. Man that is some tough sledding. If it wasn’t for Barner and Lee’s performances we might be discussing Mariota’s legit shot at getting himself a seat in NYC for the Heisman award.
His stock wasn’t going up following Arizona week and certainly won’t go up following the Oregon loss. However the fact that USC’s offense performed so well we here at the DTSE don’t think his stock should dip either.
Kiffin is still coaching the rest of the year to silence the critics. If he can put together three wins and get back to the Pac-12 Championship Game all will be well in SoCal. If not...
Stanford has been able to get over that bad and tough loss to Notre Dame earlier in the season with a few blowout wins and most recently one against Colorado last weekend on the road. Oregon State comes to town this weekend on the farm and the Cardinal have done what they’ve been expected to do up until this point.
The DTSE is still in a holding pattern for their BCS chances but a win against Oregon State this weekend and the Furd’s BCS hopes go way up.
Jeff Tedford’s job
Losing to Stanford 21-3 the previous week and then losing to Washington on Friday eliminated Cal from getting to a bowl game. Tedford’s season is over for the most part and now he has to hope the Bears can win enough games to get him into next year. A bad loss to Oregon could be that final nail in his coaching career at Cal.
Last time we did a DTSE we had the Cougars down here because they were doing egg tosses during a bye week instead of trying to figure out what is wrong. Mike Leach continues to throw haymakers at his players verbally and now star wide receiver Marquees Wilson has decided to walk out of practice. Washington State has suspended their best player and word out of Pullman is that Wilson might quit the team entirely.
Bad times at Washington State right now.
730 total yards, 321 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns from one player, over 1,200 yards given up in last two weeks, 62 points score by Oregon. Those are horrific numbers and to think they came from a program such as USC makes it even more insane to think about.
Monte Kiffin is coaching for his career right now. He’s on life support. He has no more lifelines he has no more second chances. We here at the DTSE believe he loses one more game and he is fired. He wins out and he still might get fired.