Stopping the Play-Making Huskies

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Last year, a friend of mine who is a diehard Oregon fan showed me an email that his dad had sent to a few Oregon alumni. The email was about three pages long, and was an in-depth history of the Oregon-Washington rivalry. Being a Stanford fan at the time, I hadn’t really known exactly how much hostility existed between Oregon …

Analysis of UCLA’s Explosive Offense

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The Ducks’ game against Arizona was my first experience at Autzen, and man, was it an experience to remember!  Despite the unfortunate loss, the fans were absolutely insane, especially around me in the student section. It definitely beats the Stanford fans. I was actually standing and cheering the whole game! This week I’ll be watching the game with my friends and other …

Opponent Analysis: Preventing the Wildcats’ Big Play

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Thursday is known as “upset day” in the Pac-12. Be wary of Thursdays! Oregon State shocking No. 1 USC comes to mind. So does Washington surprising No. 8 Stanford in 2012. And, of course, there was Stanford’s takedown of the Ducks last year (sorry for reopening that wound). But these are just a few of the upsets that have occurred on …

Opponent Analysis: The Covert Claws of the Cougars

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OK, get your laughs in now. Joke about how terrible the Cougars are, including their defense. The usual: “My 6-year-old brother’s Pop Warner team could beat WSU.” You guys got the giggles out? Good. Now we can move on to business. Washington State isn’t the joke you may think. They have a proven head coach, Mike Leach, in his second year …

Opponent Analysis: Cowboys Up Next

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OK, so maybe this game isn’t quite the magnitude of the game last week’s. That game registered as a 9.0 on the Richter Scale, while this one will probably measure more like a 3.0. This doesn’t change anything, though. Just as with South Dakota, Oregon can’t have a hangover from last week or look ahead to next week, when they …

Opponent Analysis: How to Combat the Spartans

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The excitement for Duck fans is rising by the hour, as they get ready to welcome one of the biggest non-conference regular season games in Duck history! It is the first Top-10 match-up of the college football season, and will have an immediate impact on the inaugural College Football Playoff picture. Both Oregon and Michigan State are appearing regularly in analysts’ playoff predictions; …

Opponent Analysis: How to Scare Off the Coyotes

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Is everyone pumped?!! Ready to bring that Mariota, DAT, Barner or LaMichael jersey out of off-season hibernation?! I know I couldn’t be any more excited! It’s the most wonderful time of the year — on the doorstep of the new college football season. If you’re reading this article right now, you probably agree with me and can’t wait to watch Texas …