ESPN's GameDay returns to Autzen
EUGENE — The national spotlight will be on Oregon again this Saturday. That's what being good gets you.
ESPN GameDay will be in Eugene for the second time this season before the No. 4 Ducks host No. 6 Arizona State in a game that will probably have national championship implications.
GameDay's crew was also outside Autzen Stadium before then-No. 11 Oregon played then-No. 6 California. The Golden Bears went on to win 31-24, which remains the Ducks' lone loss this season.
Arizona State (8-0, 5-0) is the last undefeated team in the Pac-10 and is on a roll under new head coach Dennis Erickson. Oregon (7-1, 4-1) was coming off a 24-17 victory over USC.
GameDay's only other visit to Eugene was in 2004 before a game against UCLA. It is the first time the national show has made to trips to the same Pac-10 school in one season.
GameDay will air live from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. local time, well before the game's afternoon start, but Oregon was encouraging fans to come out and show support for the Ducks.
Saturday's game was also picked up by ESPN, but — and here is where it gets confusing — it will be blacked out in Arizona and Oregon. The game will be on Fox Sports Net channels in the local markets.
In Oregon, Comcast SportsNet, which launches Thursday and is part of the Oregon Sports Network, will show the game. Those without Comcast will have to rely on FSN's Arizona feed.
HARPER HONORED: Safety Matthew Harper earned Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors for his work against USC.
Harper intercepted two passes from Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez, including one that stopped a potentially game-trying drive by USC with 11 seconds left.
He also had five tackles in Oregon's victory over USC.
It is Harper's second season at Oregon. He played two seasons at the City College of San Francisco before transferring.
IT'S LOUD HERE: The Register-Guard newspaper recorded a sound-level reading of 127.2 decibels — louder than a jet plane at takeoff — during Oregon's win over USC.
That's 8.4 decibels louder than the newspaper recorded two weeks ago during the Washington State game. And 1.2 decibels louder than the 126 decibels that 77,381 Clemson fans claimed to have reached two years ago against Miami.
The newspaper's high reading came from section 8, filled with Oregon students, when tailback Jonathan Stewart scored early in the fourth quarter.
EXTRA POINTS: The Sun Devils have won two straight at Autzen Stadium, although the Ducks have the last two victories in the overall series. ... Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon has run for a touchdown in each of the Ducks' games this season. ... Arizona State received two first-place votes in the AP Poll this week, while Oregon got a first-place vote in the USA Today coaches poll.