Would Playoff Expansion Help or Hurt the Pac-12?

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On Championship Saturday, after all the games had concluded and the festivities died down, uneasy fans of Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State waited in angst. Three playoff spots had already been locked up, and all that was left was a single slot for three worthy contenders. How could Georgia — a team that gave the overwhelming favorite Crimson Tide everything …

Oregon’s Success Hinges on Cristobal’s Adaptability

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Oregon’s offense underachieved in 2018. The offensive unit had a variety of issues throughout the season, and those issues were alarmingly prevalent in the Redbox Bowl against a feisty Michigan State defense. Although the Ducks earned a hard-fought victory, it wasn’t because of their offense, which struggled to establish any sort of rhythm throughout the game. Oregon finished with a …

Ponder-Point: What Did YOU Learn From the Natty?

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It was billed as the biggest National Championship Game since the legendary meeting between USC and Texas in 2006. The unheard of fourth straight postseason matchup between Alabama and Clemson had all the makings of an instant classic. The field was littered with future NFL draft picks. The opposing quarterbacks were among the best in the sport. And head coaches …

What Is the Ceiling of Oregon Football?

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If one thing is true in college football, it’s that programs aren’t created equally. A handful of teams rule the landscape, and, as evidenced by the fourth straight year of Alabama versus Clemson in the college football playoff, championships are generally won by the same exclusive group of perennial, blue-blood programs. To this point in their history, the Oregon Ducks …

Which of the Ducks’ Recruits Will See the Field in 2019?

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College football is changing. Back in the day, the playing field was reserved for upperclassmen; freshman contributors were basically nonexistent. Today, with more players getting advanced training from a young age, freshmen are now integral parts of nearly every roster. Look at last year’s national championship game, in which the best teams in the country played for a title with …

The Ducks Can Recruit Like a Blue Blood, but Can They Play Like One?

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For years, no matter how successful the Ducks were on the field, they were never able to break through in recruiting. They attracted their share of talent, but they failed to put together the truly exceptional classes that define the blue bloods of the sport. It’s safe to say that now, with the sixth-best recruiting class in the country, including …

The Decision: Should Justin Herbert Stay or Go?

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There’s a 6’6″, 233-pound elephant in the room. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, one of the best players out west and a highly regarded NFL draft prospect, has a decision to make, and fans are holding their breath in anticipation. Will the strong-armed phenom take his game to the next level after the Ducks’ bowl game, or will he play his …

The Ultimate Rubber Match: Oregon vs. Michigan State, Round Three

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When Oregon learned of its potential bowl opponents, there were several interesting candidates. Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin each would have been fine choices. But there’s no question that the Redbox Bowl committee struck gold when they matched the high-flying Ducks with their familiar cross-country foe, Michigan State, for their third meeting in five years. The rubber match won’t be for a spot in …

Who Was Oregon’s Most Valuable Player This Season?

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The 2018 Oregon Ducks had their share of superstars. The team that has become famous for producing some of the fastest, most dynamic athletes in the country once again fielded a number of quality players who became household names this season. But who among them was the best? If you had to choose the one player that impressed you the …

What Mario Cristobal Has Over Chip Kelly

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Mario Cristobal is not Chip Kelly. Kelly is an offensive mastermind, whose fast-paced, spread-option system took the country by storm. His innovations, matched with some of the most dynamic athletes in the game, led the Ducks to their most successful period in team history. But for all of his acclaim, Kelly couldn’t get over the hump. Although his offensive brilliance …

Dillon Mitchell is Oregon’s Knight in Shining Armor

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Oregon’s offense has undergone a facelift, and the results haven’t been flattering. The once ultra-exciting and innovative unit that produced historically great results now looks ordinary and predictable. Finding something positive in the midst of such offensive regression is challenging, but there has been one resounding bright spot: Dillon Mitchell. The former illustrious recruit from Memphis has become a bona fide …

Will the Real Oregon Please Stand Up?

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The 2018 Oregon Ducks have been like a box of chocolates: when they take the field, you never know what you’re going to get. One week, it looks like they could go toe to toe with the best teams in the country. Another, it looks like they’d get smoked by conference bottom-dweller Oregon State. Fans are growing restless with the team’s hot …