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The Fish Report: QB Runs Answered & A New Play!

The Fish Report: QB Runs Answered & A New Play!

Why would Darron Thomas take off running in this game while not before? This is a question we tackled last week, but the answers became even more evident against Arizona. We have examples of THREE positions on the defense being...

Refuse to lose: How Oregon won the first Regular Season overtime game in college football history

Refuse to lose: How Oregon won the first Regular Season overtime game in college football history

Overtime rules had existed for decades in professional football, but the collegiate game was slow to come around to extending games beyond regulation.  Ties weren’t commonplace, but they did happen.  Oregon had in fact played in the final 0-0 tie,...

Gang Green? SEC? Duck fans want perfection, or at least a few more stops

Gang Green? SEC? Duck fans want perfection, or at least a few more stops

Like their coach, Duck fans have become perfectionists.  Chip Kelly, asked on Sunday about the Oregon running game, which rolled up 415 yards on Arizona after 416 yards on Missouri, and Kelly responded in his clipped New England interview voice that...

Note to Pac-12: Ducks are for real again

Note to Pac-12: Ducks are for real again

If you needed any further proof of the thrashing Oregon was dealing Arizona on Saturday night, all you had to do was scan the stands in the second half, where there were more empty seats than not. A school record...

Keys to the game: Oregon at Arizona

Keys to the game: Oregon at Arizona

Oregon opens PAC-12 play with a road game at Arizona, and again the crucial thing is not merely winning but playing in a way that shows improvement and gets the team ready for October and November, an eight-week battle to...

FishWrap Friday Game 4 Preview: Oregon @ Arizona

FishWrap Friday Game 4 Preview: Oregon @ Arizona

Well the PAC-12 season is upon us, and the Ducks’ quest for a sweep of the newly renovated conference begins in the desert against the Arizona Wildcats and their dynamic Airraid offense. Starting in 2007, when Sonny Dykes made his...

The Michigan series: How Oregon demolished 100 years of the biggest winning tradition in football

The Michigan series: How Oregon demolished 100 years of the biggest winning tradition in football

“We could tell they were not prepared, they had size but we ran right past them.” -Kwame Agyeman It was the ultimate matchup of new and old. On one side Michigan, the winningest program in college football history, the epitome of success and tradition. On the other side, up-and-comer Oregon, finding great success in recent years but for decades little more than an also-ran. A home-and-home series was agreed to, with the first game being played at Oregon in 2003, and the following year a return trip to Michigan. However, Michigan requested to push the game in Ann Arbor back a few years, to 2007. […]

Duck soup, or a tasty helping of Wildcat stew?

Duck soup, or a tasty helping of Wildcat stew?

In this context Arizona coach Mike Stoops may be the endangered species. The Wildcats, 1-2 this year,  have lost their last seven games against FBS opponents. Arizona started this season with five new offensive linemen, and they’ve struggled to protect...

As LMJ goes, so go the Ducks

As LMJ goes, so go the Ducks

They said he was a step slow. They said he had gained too much weight. They said his Heisman chances were virtually nil. Some said — more like whispered — let the freshman sensation get more carries. That was until...

Keys to the game, Missouri State at Oregon

Keys to the game, Missouri State at Oregon

Chip Kelly often says the Ducks prepare against a faceless opponent and that their focus each game is competing against the vision of how good they can be. That theory gets the ultimate test today. An occasional laugher or one-sided...

FishWrap Friday Game 3 Preview: Oregon vs. Missouri State

FishWrap Friday Game 3 Preview: Oregon vs. Missouri State

Welcome to Week Three! After a great bounce back game last week, Oregon will look to add another “W” to its tally when the Missouri State Bears (an FCS team) come to town. FCS Football is one of the most...

The Fish Report: New Wrinkles Against Nevada

Blowouts are often boring for fans, yet this one provided some interesting new wrinkles to study.  We also had some questions answered about the direction of countering defensive measures against the Zone Read, which some may find surprising.  Finally, we...