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Oregon prepared to be Pac-12's hunted team

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Oregon prepared to be Pac-12's hunted team

Eugene, Ore. -- With its' first top three ranking in the AP Poll since 2014, Oregon football is back in territory it hasn't been in for some time: the hunted team in the Pac-12. No team has gone undefeated in the conference since 2010, when the Ducks, then coached by Chip Kelly, managed to do so en route to a BCS National Championship appearance. This is a different team, with different coaches in a different year. But the players understand they will get every single team's best shot going forward. 

"We're not complacent," said safety Verone McKinley after practice. "We feel we haven't played our best football. We're not consistent enough. We feel like we need to continue to get better. Guys come in every week. We come in Sunday like what did we do wrong." 

"Our name is ringing and stuff like that," cornerback Trikweze Bridges followed up. "It's like a championship game. They're just ready to come and bring everything they got no matter who the team is."

The Duck defensive backs will have a stiff test in a pair of 6 foot 3 Stanford wide receivers led by Brycen Tremayne and quarterback Tanner McKee, who has established himself as one of the top four quarterbacks in the Pac-12. Oregon and Stanford face off on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KEZI-TV. 

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