Note to Pac-12: Ducks are for real again

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If you needed any further proof of the thrashing Oregon was dealing Arizona on Saturday night, all you had to do was scan the stands in the second half, where there were more empty seats than not. A school record 288 yards rushing from LaMichael James will do that to foes and their followers. So will ringing up 35 points …

Keys to the game: Oregon at Arizona

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Oregon opens PAC-12 play with a road game at Arizona, and again the crucial thing is not merely winning but playing in a way that shows improvement and gets the team ready for October and November, an eight-week battle to defend their conference title. Here are some of the key factors in the Ducks’ PAC-12 opener: Keeping the Zona Zoo …

FishWrap Friday Game 4 Preview: Oregon @ Arizona

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Well the PAC-12 season is upon us, and the Ducks’ quest for a sweep of the newly renovated conference begins in the desert against the Arizona Wildcats and their dynamic Airraid offense. Starting in 2007, when Sonny Dykes made his way from Texas Tech, the Wildcats began running the air raid offense. Most famously reflected in Mike Leach’s teams with …

The Michigan series: How Oregon demolished 100 years of the biggest winning tradition in football

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“We could tell they were not prepared, they had size but we ran right past them.” -Kwame Agyeman It was the ultimate matchup of new and old. On one side Michigan, the winningest program in college football history, the epitome of success and tradition. On the other side, up-and-comer Oregon, finding great success in recent years but for decades little more than an also-ran. A home-and-home series was agreed to, with the first game being played at Oregon in 2003, and the following year a return trip to Michigan. However, Michigan requested to push the game in Ann Arbor back a few years, to 2007. […]

Duck soup, or a tasty helping of Wildcat stew?

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In this context Arizona coach Mike Stoops may be the endangered species. The Wildcats, 1-2 this year, ┬áhave lost their last seven games against FBS opponents. Arizona started this season with five new offensive linemen, and they’ve struggled to protect Nick Foles. Stanford raided the Arizona backfield for five sacks in last Saturday night’s game, and they’ve given up 8 …

The Fish Report: Offense Unfolds Against Missouri State

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Predictions of new plays, formations, and strategies are beginning to emerge as the season progresses.  I expected to see base plays with nothing new introduced in a game of which we are highly favored, but I was surprised to see some new concepts revealed. It was refreshing to see the passing game further refined with new receivers materializing to help …

As LMJ goes, so go the Ducks

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They said he was a step slow. They said he had gained too much weight. They said his Heisman chances were virtually nil. Some said — more like whispered — let the freshman sensation get more carries. That was until Saturday. Flashing his burst of old, Oregon’s LaMichael James rambled for 204 yards and three touchdowns against Missouri State in …

Keys to the game, Missouri State at Oregon

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Chip Kelly often says the Ducks prepare against a faceless opponent and that their focus each game is competing against the vision of how good they can be. That theory gets the ultimate test today. An occasional laugher or one-sided matchup can be a tonic for a football team in building confidence and developing depth but two of these in …

FishWrap Friday Game 3 Preview: Oregon vs. Missouri State

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Welcome to Week Three! After a great bounce back game last week, Oregon will look to add another “W” to its tally when the Missouri State Bears (an FCS team) come to town. FCS Football is one of the most underrated sporting leagues around, with a great deal of competition and of course, the all-important playoff system. Our opponents this …

The De La Salle five: Overwhelming promise, tragic circumstance

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Never before had a group of teammates from the same high school been so hyped, and not before or since has a circle of friends playing at the University of Oregon faced more adversity. In 2004, four friends playing football at De La Salle High School all decided to come play at the University of Oregon, with a fifth coming …

The Fish Report: New Wrinkles Against Nevada

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Blowouts are often boring for fans, yet this one provided some interesting new wrinkles to study.  We also had some questions answered about the direction of countering defensive measures against the Zone Read, which some may find surprising.  Finally, we began to see the opportunities created by opponents who commit the majority of their resources to stopping the Oregon running …

Tuesday Two-Minute Drill: quick notes and observations on the Ducks after two games

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Hollywood called. LaMichael James, De’Anthony Thomas and Amanda Pflugrad are going to star in a new movie. They’re going to call it “Gone in 6 seconds.” Great to see the “Return of the Quack” on Saturday afternoon. I think the Ducks just scored again while I was pouring my cereal. Incredible to think how productive and explosive Duck offense was …