Mario Cristobal Can’t Turn Talent Into Production

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No matter how many top-five recruiting classes he signs, no matter how many high-profile coordinators he brings on staff, and no matter how many of his players would run through a wall for him, Mario Cristobal will not come close to winning a championship until he properly develops talent. Stanford’s upset of Oregon on The Farm wasn’t a fluke; it …

Anthony Brown Is Better Than You Think

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We need to have a conversation about Anthony Brown. The very mention of his name elicits a broad spectrum of opinions. On one hand, the sixth-year quarterback has clear limitations as a passer, as evidenced by his mediocre-at-best 59.7 percent completion percentage, and the fact that Oregon’s passing offense ranks in the bottom half of the country. When comparing his …

How a Flawed Mario Cristobal Can Win a Title at Oregon

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Mario Cristobal is not yet an elite head coach, and he might never be one. Contrary to what you might think, that might not stop him from getting Oregon its first-ever National Championship. This isn’t merely wishful thinking from a green-and-yellow homer. Cristobal is acquiring championship-level talent. Talent that — with one notable addition — will likely be enough to …

Can Oregon Pull off a Shocker at the ‘Shoe?

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Oregon beating Ohio State this fall wouldn’t be David beating Goliath. Both teams will likely be ranked in the top 15 heading into the matchup, and both are the preseason favorites to win their respective conferences, after all. But don’t get it twisted, an Oregon victory in week two would undoubtedly be a shocker. Although the Ducks are serious playoff …

Will New Playoff Format Spell DOOM for the Pac-12?

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Playoff expansion is a win for all parties involved, right? Fans would get to see more, varied teams in the postseason. All of the Power Five conferences would theoretically have representation. And the Group of Five would finally get a shot, with its highest-ranked conference champion guaranteed a slot. It’s a win-win-win. Or so it would seem. The college football …

How Would YOU Rank the Best QBs in Oregon History?

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Marcus Mariota is obviously the best Oregon Ducks quarterback of all time. He’s the school’s only Heisman Trophy winner, he put together an unmatched stat line over three seasons, and he delivered some of the most iconic performances in team history. But how do the rest of the Oregon quarterbacks stack up in comparison to the GOAT? Ducks Wire recently …

Oregon Fans: What’s Your FAVORITE Memory of the Decade?

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The football gods have been kind to Oregon football in recent years. Since 2010, the Ducks have been one of the most successful teams in college football, making a couple of National Championship Games, winning multiple BCS/NY6 bowl games, and perhaps most importantly, delivering some of the most memorable moments in program history. There are the obvious plays and games …

What’s Oregon’s Biggest Reason for OPTIMISM in 2021?

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Oregon Ducks fans have plenty to be excited about in 2021. Mario Cristobal will likely field his most talented roster yet, the Pac-12 is ripe for the taking once again, and if the Ducks can manage a tricky road trip to Columbus, the rest of their schedule is very manageable. Plenty of exciting playmakers on both sides of the ball …

Is it PLAYOFF or BUST for Oregon in 2021?

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For years, Oregon Ducks fans have been told, “next year will be the year”. If they can just remain patient and trust the process, the results will soon follow. To a degree, that has come to fruition. When Mario Cristobal took over for Willie Taggart as head coach, Oregon was a good-not-great team that showed flashes of brilliance, but was …

Does Oregon Have a Challenger In Its Division in 2021?

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It’s not yet poll season in college football, but rest assured, Oregon will land in just about every preseason top-25 ranking. The Ducks, with a boatload of returning starters and a roster full of elite recruits, are likely favorites to win the Pac-12 in 2021, with their only perceived challenger being USC. But should Oregon worry about its own division …

Spring Game Shows Oregon Ducks Are Legit Contenders

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The Oregon Ducks didn’t unveil a cutting-edge offensive scheme or a groundbreaking defensive strategy during their 2021 spring game. None of the quarterbacks had a Marcus Mariota-esque coming out performance. And nothing took place in the scrimmage that was extraordinary or noteworthy enough to garner much national attention. Still, one thing was exceedingly clear to those who watched the Ducks …

Can Oregon Find Superman a Sidekick?

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There’s not much that Oregon’s pass-rushing extraordinaire Kayvon Thibodeaux can’t do. The uber-talented defender still has somehow exceeded expectations, instantly establishing himself as one of the most feared edge rushers in the country. He’ll likely be a top-five NFL Draft pick in 2022, and is even a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate this season. But even the great Kayvon Thibodeaux can …