Uniforms: Anticipating the Next Generation

Brian Libby FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Every three years since the first major redesign of Oregon’s uniforms for the 1999 season, the Ducks have changed their look after three years. On that schedule, the current look—with its signature gladiatorial-style Duck feathers on the shoulder—is in its third and, presumably, final year. Assuming a change is coming next year, what might Nike’s next version of the uniforms …

Refuse to lose: How Oregon won the first Regular Season overtime game in college football history

FishDuck Staff History

Overtime rules had existed for decades in professional football, but the collegiate game was slow to come around to extending games beyond regulation.  Ties weren’t commonplace, but they did happen.  Oregon had in fact played in the final 0-0 tie, the 1983 Civil War game vs. Oregon State, a game so bad it was coined “The Toilet Bowl.” In 1996 …

Keys to the game: Oregon at Arizona

FishDuck Staff FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

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 …

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

FishDuck Staff History

“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?

FishDuck Staff FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

In this context Arizona coach Mike Stoops may be the endangered species. The Wildcats, 1-2 this year,  have 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 …

As LMJ goes, so go the Ducks

FishDuck Staff FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

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

FishDuck Staff FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

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 …