The Big 22: Creating an “All-Hat” Conference?

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Lay a map of Texas over Western Europe and you will find that The Lone Star State covers Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and parts of Belgium, France, Italy, Croatia and the Czech Republic. And the great state of Texas is 28 times larger than the Green Mountain State, Vermont. That’s a lot of hat and a lot of cattle, …

Dollars, (Non)Sense and Preseason Rankings

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In my previous articles, I’ve written a lot about dollars and cents. But enough about that. Now, I’m ready to talk college football (CFB). Let’s talk Ducks football. … But I hope you will forgive me a short interlude, an inquiry into whether the following makes sense … I’ve been to Boulder, Colorado. It is a beautiful small city adjacent …

Reviewing the Bidding on 2019 CFB Predictions

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We were all sea-swallowed, though some cast again (And by that destiny) to perform an act Whereof what’s past is prologue; which to come, In yours and my discharge. — William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 2, Scene 1 On January 10, 2018, I posted an article titled “Oregon and the Pac-12: Is it TIME TO ABANDON SHIP?“ Said title appeared …

Pac-12, What the Tuck?

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The Pac-12 Conference is in a nose dive. And the announcement on February 11 that Colorado (CU) head football coach, Mel Tucker, was leaving CU for Michigan State likely evidences that the dive has reached terminal velocity. You know what I think? It doesn’t matter what I think, especially when compared to the thoughts of the people cited below and …

Recruiting in the Conference of Champions

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“Playoffs! Playoffs?” — Mora, The Elder College football Playoff (CFP) appearances and titles go hand-in-hand with recruiting results. When Clemson Dabo-Dabo-Do’ed and won its first title in 2016, its recruiting classes from 2013 to the year of that first CFP Championship averaged 15th in the country. This average, when compared to the classes other CFP title winning teams, is a …

Will the Ducks’ Schedule Cost Them a Shot at the Playoff?

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Enemies to the right of me, Enemies to the left of me, Into the Valley of Jerry Rode Mario and the Ducks. We have met the enemy! And they are us? How about giving Coach Mario Cristobal, his staff and the student-athletes they coach, a fair shake? Let’s review this BCS 2.0, the so-called College Football Playoff. Half a decade …

Playoff Rankings Are Coming! Is Oregon Set to Crash the Party?

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“Telegram! Singing telegram for Coach Kyle Whittingham!” “I’m your man. I’m Coach Whittingham. What’s up, my man?” “I have a singing telegram for you, Coach, from Puddles in Eugene. Without further adieu, this is for you and your team, too.” [To the tune of “See You In September?”]  Will I see Ute in December? Will I see Ute when the …

Sooners Stumble and Ducks Dodge Disaster in Week 9

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There was Never A Doubt that Oregon would beat the dreaded Cougs, right? CJ Verdell can smell Roses, after all. And a walk-off field goal definitely tops a missed extra point! Week 9 is officially in the books, folks. By now, you know the drill. Here’s your one-and-only, one-stop shop in case you missed some of the week’s biggest storylines. …

Ducks Down the Dogs in Wacky CFB Weekend

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(While the following is a fictional conversation between Troy Dye and his mother, it’s hard to imagine their real post-game phone call going much differently.) “Mom! It’s Troy, Mom!” “Are you and Travis Okay? No injuries?” “We are both fine Mom, and smiling from ear to ear.” “Did you win, Son?” “Did we win? Heck yes! We beat those dirty …