Oregon's James aims to get better this season

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- LaMichael James certainly isn't shy about making bold predictions for No. 3 Oregon this season.

Big things are expected from the Ducks after they went 12-1 last season, captured their second straight Pac-10 title and played in the BCS championship game.

The expanded Pac-12 preseason media poll forecast that Oregon would win both the new North Division and the inaugural league conference game. The Associated Press preseason Top 25 placed the Ducks behind only Oklahoma and Alabama -- and a spot in front of season-opening opponent LSU.

James, now a junior, is one of the reasons for such lofty expectations.