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  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL

    Kelly expects Ducks to be focused

    A potentially huge mismatch looms against 47-point underdog Colorado
  • EUGENE — Chip Kelly said he is no more worried about his Ducks looking past Colorado than any other opponent.
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  • EUGENE — Chip Kelly said he is no more worried about his Ducks looking past Colorado than any other opponent.
    That is a concern each week, said the Oregon football head coach, but it is usually alleviated when practice begins on Monday. This week would be especially tempting for the Ducks to look past one-win Colorado to a game at 10th-ranked USC on Nov. 3.
    "I worry about our guys no matter who we play," Kelly said. "I can tell our mindset on Monday in practice. This team, since I have been here, has been really, really good at preparing for every opponent and I hope this week is no different. I worry every Sunday when I sit in the office about what our mindset will be when we come in on Monday, but these guys don't disappoint me."
    Oregon's next two opponents played Saturday when USC beat Colorado 50-6. Kelly didn't watch the game live, but he did see film of the game Sunday morning.
    Colorado ran 85 plays compared to 48 for USC but committed six turnovers. The Buffs got in the red zone five times against the Trojans but totaled minus-14 yards on 14 plays inside the 20 and came away with just two field goals.
    "They were snakebit a little bit," Kelly said. "They ran a ton of plays, 80-some snaps compared to 48 for USC, but USC made their 48 count. I think (coach) Jon (Embree) has got them playing hard. They've got a heck of a schedule, playing USC, us and then Stanford. We will prepare like we normally do."
    Colorado has given up 50 points or more in consecutive games for the first time in 50 years. The Buffs are allowing 42.6 points per game, which ranks 119th out of 120 teams in the country. Oregon ranks second in the country with 51 points per game.
    Oregon opened as a 47-point favorite by oddsmakers.
    The Ducks remained No. 2 in the Associated Press, USA Today and Harris polls Sunday but fell to No. 4 in the BCS standings. Kansas State moved ahead of Oregon and once again it was the computers that hurt the Ducks as they are sixth in those rankings.
    "It's week two and I don't know how many weeks there are to go, six or eight, until December that really counts," Kelly said before the BCS standings were released. "It makes for good conversation to get everyone through until next Saturday when we play again, but in the long run what we are ranked this week doesn't have any bearing on anything."
    After playing on Thursday, Oregon's players had the weekend off and the coaches were off Saturday before returning to the office on Sunday. A normal week of game preparation began Monday.
    After playing four straight night games, the Ducks will kick off against Colorado at noon.
    "We don't worry about things we have no control over," Kelly said. "We have no idea when we will play until about 10 days before like everyone else. ... With 105 guys and the coaching staff, I'm sure some want to play early and some late and to others, it doesn't matter."
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