No Barner? No Problem; Marshall Has Things Under Control

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The lineage of running backs coming through Eugene has been almost mythical the last 10 years. From Jonathan Stewart to LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, the Oregon running game has been in good hands. In 2013, despite losing Barner, nothing will change, and that has nothing to do with De’Anthony Thomas, or the two highly touted recruits coming in. That’s …

Basketball’s Success Directly Linked To Altman

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With Saturday’s win at UCLA, Oregon men’s basketball moved to 16-2 (5-0) on the season, their best conference start in 39 years.  With victories over then 4th-ranked Arizona and 21st-ranked UCLA, Oregon sits atop the PAC-12; a nice thought at the beginning of the season, but certainly not a reality. Right? Well, it’s time to stop calling this team a …

Fiesta Bowl Signals Big 2013 for DAT

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With the release of the 2013 football schedule this week, Oregon fans were given the blueprint to the 2014 National championship game.  Oregon’s tougher non-conference slate gives way to a manageable PAC-12 schedule, which features a big Thursday night showdown at Stanford in November.  Looking at the schedule is fun and all, but it won’t determine where Oregon ends next season.  …

(Not) Breaking News: Oregon’s offense is really, really good

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I know…this will be stating the obvious. Watching the Alamo Bowl last night, Oregon State’s defense, though ultimately unsuccessful on the scoreboard, still managed to hold Texas under four yards per carry – the average the Beavers allowed this season.  Time to step back and appreciate what that really means: Oregon’s offense is one for the ages. Now let’s step …

My Oregon Wishlist

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After another fascinating season for the University of Oregon athletic department, 2013 seems primed for success. Teams are filled to the brim with young talent, locked-up coaches, and deep pockets. With football, basketball, baseball and softball on the rise or near the top, a few breaks along the way could yield a national championship for any sport. Here is my …

Optimus Klein vs. Flyin’ Hawaiian will be a show for the ages

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There will be plenty of matchups worth watching on January 3rd when Oregon and Kansas State collide in the Fiesta Bowl. Kansas State’s special teams prowess versus Oregon’s woeful coverage. Oregon’s high speed athletes versus the Wildcats plodding attack. The best, however, will be the one between two guys who will never be on the field at the same time. …

Civil war win adds spice to season

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After the loss to Stanford last week, many fans felt as if Oregon’s season was for naught. A special blend of blowouts seemed to have gone wrong and dominance turned to mush amidst the formidable Stanford defense. Saturday turned all of those feelings around and made the season magical again. Simply put, there is no better feeling in the world …

Game 12 Preview: Oregon at Oregon State

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Heading into today’s 116th Civil War matchup in Corvallis, Oregon looks to right the ship after last week’s heart-wrenching overtime loss to Stanford, which dropped them to fifth in the BCS. The 17-14 loss to the Cardinal not only derailed the Ducks’ quest for perfection, it showed the conference (namely Oregon State) that Oregon is beatable, after defeating opponents by an …