Kelly an underdog for first time in 18 games
"We don't pay attention to that," Kelly said. "I've never looked at we were the favorite or we were the underdog. I don't go in there telling our guys what the point spread is. And I don't think any player's mindset is like that."
The last time Kelly's Ducks were underdogs was Nov. 12, 2011. The Stanford Cardinal was favored by 2 1-2 points that day but the Ducks triumphed 53-30. The over-under was 70 1-2 points.
The Ducks went 15-2 in those games they were favored in as they lost to Stanford, 17-14 in overtime last year, and to USC, 38-35.
The opener, Kelly realizes, won't be the last time the Eagles are underdogs.