College Football is Proceeding Just Fine without Oregon and the Pac-12

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Larry’s Lackeys, aka the Pac-12 university chancellors and presidents, met on Friday, September 19th, to discuss playing in 2020. The Conference of Champions gurus were not able to come to a decision and agreed to reconsider the issue later on September 24. According to ‘The Bootlegger‘ football blog, Stanford is adamantly opposed to playing ball in calendar year 2020. The …

What Are Your Takeaways From First Weeks of College Football?

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After two weeks of intermittent college football play, we find ourselves at the first in-season reflection point of 2020. Albeit without Our Beloved Ducks on the field, it’s a point that us fans are all seeing in different perspectives. Without Pac-12 football and the Ducks playing this Fall, what are your takeaways from the games you’ve seen thus far? Any …

New NCAA Player Eligibility: Is this FAIR to the Pac-12?

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The NCAA has announced that the 2020 season will not count against any student-athlete’s four years to play five, eligibility. Let’s think about the consequences for the B1G and the Pac-12? Student-athletes, no matter their current season of eligibility, will be allowed to play in every game without burning a red-shirt year. Seniors and red-shirt seniors will get to play another …

The SEC is Winning the 2020 College Football Season

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HATS OFF TO THE SEC! Be it eight conference games or 10 conference games, no conference can game a schedule like our buddies in the SEC. Is anyone surprised at the ‘equitable,’ we aren’t scheduling for the college football COVID playoff, two-game SEC add-ons? Full disclosure. I use the word ‘equitable’ here as I do in regards to Livin’ Large …

Ponder Point: Is It Time to Take Back the Rose Bowl?

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Once again, the B1G and the Pac-12 have moved in lock-step. This time in the two conferences’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the B1G and Pac-12 powers-that-be made the very difficult decision to take a big (no pun intended) financial hit in order to err, if they err at all, on the side of their student-athletes’ safety. No fall …

The Pac-12 in 2020: An Indebted Year of Football Promise

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DROP YOUR SOCKS AND HOLD ONTO YOUR JOCKS! As all Ducks fans are well aware, the College Basketball Santa ran into a COVID-19 blockade. No soup, or at least only watered down soup, for you! Sabrina was dissed; the Pac-12 was stiffed. It was CBB coal and not oranges, for Pac-12 boys and girls. Now, with the college football season …

Fun, Fun, Fun ‘Till Covid Takes the 2020 Season Away

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Now is the summer of our discontent, to be made glorious by the return of ball in the fall? Brothers and Sisters, Duck campers, is anyone having fun? Including the young men who play college football in The Conference of Champions? I for one, am simply bummed. Please allow a grumpy, old man to count the ways. COVID-19 — I hold …

Does a Conference-Only Schedule Benefit the Ducks?

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(To the tune of “Maybe Baby” by Buddy Holly and The Crickets, 1957) Maybe baby, we’ll play ball Maybe baby, later this fall Maybe baby, we’ll see ball one day (see ball one day) It’s funny honey, COVID don’t care It never listens to Larry’s prayer Maybe baby, we’ll ball anyway (ball anyway) Bison not trippin’, makes me sad Brutus …

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Would an Eight-Team Playoff Be All That Great?

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“All we are saying, is give us a chance.” In 2025, the current agreement that governs the College Football Playoff (CFP) comes to a close. The final CFP National Championship under the existing format will be played in January 2026. Concurrent with the end of the Playoff, the lucrative ESPN Playoff media rights agreement also expires. Thereafter, the majority of …

The National Championship Formula for Oregon? It’s in the Stars

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Coach: “Son, this is your 5th year in the program.” Student Athlete: “Spot on, Coach. Gimme five, my man.” Coach: “Give you five? What, as a once 5-star recruit, have you given me or this team? I can’t figure out whether you are lacking in intelligence or you’re simply apathetic.” Student Athlete: “Coach, I don’t know and I don’t care.” …

How the Pac-12 Went Off the Rails and the SEC Got on Track

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Once I had a conference, I made it run, Made it run just fine. Once I had a conference and Keith Jackson called it a King. Brother, can you spare a dime? (To the tune of “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?”) In 1970, a USC team led by coach John McKay (an Oregon graduate) went into Tuscaloosa and played like …

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Do the Ducks Have 2021 National Championship Potential?

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“So be true to your school now, Just like you would to your girl or guy.” This off-season, there have been a lot of Duck fans taking the Beach Boys’ advice and being “true to their school,” many predicting a Natty in 2021 or the near future. Not so fast, my feathered friends. Can the Ducks Beat the Best? I …