The Pain of Being a Superfan

David Marsh Editorials

This last loss has hurt more than any other loss I can recall, and when I came to write this article I reflected on a video from It’s OK to be Smart entitled The Strange Psychology of Superfans. I highly suggest that everyone watches it, because it is telling in just what makes us tick. During the video they go …

Has Pac-12 Cannibalism Struck Again?

David Marsh Editorials

The Pac-12 started this season with a whopping six teams ranked in the AP poll, and peaked at Week 4 with eight. This didn’t last, as Week 4 was the beginning of conference play, and though the Pac-12 may not be the best conference, it surely is the most competitive from top to bottom. The football season is long and …

Oregon’s Strange Red Zone Problem

David Marsh Editorials

Down the stretch this season, Oregon’s offense has been on an absolute tear. Heisman hopeful Bo Nix has put up ridiculous numbers. Perhaps the most telling is his 78-percent completion rate, which is the best in college football history. However, Oregon does have a strange problem in the red zone — and it isn’t the kicking game. When the Ducks …

Lanning’s Culture Is Paying Dividends in November

David Marsh Editorials

Football is a hard sport. It takes its toll on players and teams both mentally and physically. This season, we have seen Colorado and USC crumble as their seasons have gone on. Their morale was sucked out of them from devastating losses. But Oregon bounced back from their one loss in triumphant fashion, and that is a testament to the …

Oregon is Putting on a Master Class in Offensive Game Prep

David Marsh Editorials

For three straight games the Oregon Ducks have absolutely throttled their opponents with well-designed offensive game plans. They may have started off slow against the Washington State Cougars and given up garbage time points, but the game plan left no doubt who was in control of that game. The Ducks defeated the Cougars 38-24. Then came the best game of …

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like 2014

David Marsh Editorials

2014 is without a doubt the best season in Oregon history, so far. Marcus Mariota won Oregon’s only Heisman, Oregon won the conference championship and the Rose Bowl, and appeared in the National Championship Game but couldn’t quite seal the deal to bring home the “Natty.” It was a special season and we haven’t reached that height since. There have …

Is the Jumbo Formation Back for the Ducks?

David Marsh Editorials

Did the coaches read my article last week after Oregon’s loss to Washington asking where the Ducks’ Jumbo Formation has gone? Probably not, but it’s nice to think they did, as Oregon really did lean on its run game and the power element of its offense in their win over the Washington State Cougars. Both Bucky Irving and Jordan James …

What Happened to Oregon’s Jumbo Formation?

David Marsh Editorials

Last year we saw Oregon use its jumbo formation, referred to as 14-J, which meant one running back with four tight ends (one of which included Josh Conerly). This formation was a bulldozer but also had some subtlety to it, as it could be used in multiple ways — so much so that I wrote an article on it last …

Is Oregon Flashy Enough for Bo To Win a Heisman?

David Marsh Editorials

Heisman Trophy voting changes from year to year. The trophy is supposed to go to the best player in college football, and it often goes to a quarterback due to quantifiable stats and the quarterback simply touching the ball on every down. Sure, non-quarterbacks have won the award but that isn’t a terribly regular occurrence. Mr. FishDuck took some time …

Of the Best Pac-12 Teams, Oregon is Built Differently

David Marsh Editorials

This weekend exposed two of the top three consensus teams in the Pac-12 this season as USC and Washington were both in fights for their undefeated survival, while Oregon cruised past Stanford. What has become apparent between these three teams is that USC and Washington are built in very similar ways. They both have great quarterbacks and rely heavily on …