Numbers Don’t Lie: Pac-12 Better Than SEC So Far

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Kevin Cline The Pac-12 is a better conference than the SEC right now. And now everyone south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and 90 percent of the people above it, will grab their pitchforks and come looking for me. Hold up, let me clarify.  I am not saying that the Pac-12 is a better conference historically than the SEC, and I …

From the Vol Locker Room: The Big, Bad SEC Awaits

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Craig Strobeck On Saturday against the Tennessee Volunteers, the Oregon Ducks were losing.  Yes, the Ducks’ football team was behind on the scoreboard.  Hopes were soaring for Tennessee, as the 28-point underdogs were on top in hostile Autzen Stadium. It lasted all of five minutes and 26 seconds. The Ducks turned a 7-0 deficit into a 38-7 advantage in less …

Small things aside, Virginia trip was a huge success

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Andrew Shurtleff The bad news: Marcus Mariota is struggling with accuracy, the inside run game looked pretty pathetic against a sizable defensive line, Byron Marshall couldn’t find any room, offensive play calling was highly questionable and third down conversions didn’t come as easily this time around. The good news: none of that matters at this point. As one pundit put …

Five Revelations from the Nicholls Game

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Craig Strobeck Disclaimer: The Oregon Ducks played a very weak opponent on Saturday, and while the boys finally got to hit someone not wearing green and yellow, Nicholls was about as far as it gets from the caliber of opponent Oregon will face later this season.  With that disclosure out of the way, Oregon did play 60 minutes of football for …

Offensive Positional Units: Scenarios, Predictions and Three 1,000-yard Rushers?

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Steve Francis With a returning offense capable of ridiculous stats, expectations run high across the college football landscape for Oregon’s 2013 campaign.  New head coach Mark Helfrich and his team have set a high bar for themselves, and as is the natural tendency for sports fans everywhere, the Duck faithful also have soaring hopes for their team.  While perfection is …

Helfrich has to win

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When starting a new job mistakes are to be anticipated, they are a part of the learning process.  There is a honeymoon of sorts and perfection is not the expectation. For Mark Helfrich, that statement could not be more inaccurate. In his first ever head coaching position, Helfrich has been given the keys to a Ferrari (a talent-loaded football team) and …