Oregon State: The Rivalry Trap

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Of course, I hope I’m wrong. The Ducks have (for the most part) dominated the Beavers over the past decade, so like any green-blooded Oregon fan, I’d like to see the carnage continue. But the Ducks have played with fire so far this season by slipping and stumbling past supposedly lesser opponents in Stanford, WSU, and UCLA. A revamped offense …

Oregon Hoops: As Rodney said, “I don’t get no respect!”

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Out west, Oregon Basketball has become comparable to the legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Oregon gets no respect. Take a look here at this year’s pre-season media poll: 2020-21 PAC-12 MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL TEAM (first-place votes)    POINTS 1. UCLA (9)                          251 2. Arizona State (5)             246 3. Oregon (7)                      241 4. Stanford (1)                     209 5. Arizona                            173 6. USC …

Buyer Beware: The Cougar Curse is Alive and Kickin’

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We have every reason to believe the Cougar Curse it is behind us. The Ducks beat Washington State last year (barely), Mike Leach has moved on, and WSU has a new head coach and starting quarterback. The Cougars seem to be descending from a certain perch of theirs. On the other hand, the Ducks are the more talented team, they’ve …

Pac-12 Football: Amid Chaos, Predictions Must Still be Made

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It’s safe to say that 2020 hasn’t produced a typical college football off-season. Compared to the COVID-19 Virus, very little football has been discussed. On top of this, we have a culture war mounting across the nation, which has compelled a group of Pac-12 players to threaten a boycott unless certain demands are met in regards to racial injustice, COVID-19, …

2020 Oregon Sports: The Year That Could Have Been

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Recently I was chewing the fat with a friend of mine up here in Spokane. He was rambling on and on about how this was the year that the Gonzaga Men’s Basketball team was going to win it all; all the pieces were in place, this was it!   As an Oregon fan, I found it hard to conjure up …

Only 13,933 Fans? It’s Nothing New at Autzen

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A recent report by sportsbettingdime.com shows that, with the COVID-19 pandemic, college football attendance could drop by an average of 74 percent. At Oregon, a 74-percent decline means an average attendance of 13,933. Yikes. Imagine a rip-roaring, louder than hell Autzen Stadium only playing at 25 percent of its capacity. That is like taking a sold-out Matthew Knight Arena and …

Oregon: Recruiting, Recruiting and More Recruiting

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Recruiting, recruiting and recruiting are the Top 3 elements of any successful college football program. With the Oregon Ducks currently sitting (as of this writing) at No. 7 nationally with both Rivals.com and 247sports.com for the 2021 recruiting cycle, it’s safe to say the Ducks take those three elements very seriously.   Of course, this is no revelation under Mario …

Oregon vs. The Pac-12: One Truly Amazing Fact

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After my last article on Oregon’s all-time series record against the Washington Huskies, it got me thinking about how the Ducks are doing against the rest of the Pac-12.   Below, I include the all-time series record, as well as the record since 1994. Lots of readers in the comments noted the Ducks’ record versus the Huskies since 1994, which …

The Huskies: One Truly Disturbing Fact

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Despite Oregon’s recent domination over our “rival” from the Jet City (14 wins in the last 16 meetings), the fact remains that the Huskies still lead the all-time series 60-47 (5 ties). Yes, I just barfed out my morning coffee as I typed that. The Ducks are down 13 games to the Huskies. Which may have some of you thinking, …