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,  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 …

The Fish Report: Offense Unfolds Against Missouri State

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Fish Reports

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

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Fish Reports

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 …

Heat, hornets, and there was a football game too…

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Saturday brought opening day at Autzen Stadium, a time when the beer flows, the sun bursts, and thousands descend upon our happy little hole in the ground to cheer on our Ducks.  It is a day that as Oregon fans we all anticipate from about an hour after the last game ends and the final beer is downed in either …

Ducks scorch Wolf Pack

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If you reached into your pack to pull out the sunscreen Saturday at Autzen Stadium, or ran to get another bottle of water at the concession stand, or perhaps spent a few moments cleaning the shades, you really ought not have. Chances are you missed a bunch. Like a touchdown toss from Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas — one of six …

Keys to the game: Nevada at Oregon

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Four-touchdown favorites on the streets of Glitter Gulch, the Ducks have to win the game in the trenches of Autzen, or a promising season will go bust on the second hand. To avoid a Boise State-like debacle and a horrifying tale Duck fans will tell their grandchildren by the fire at future campouts, these are a few things to look for this …

FishWrap Friday Game 2 Preview: Oregon vs. Nevada

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After last week’s offensive nightmare, the Ducks will come home to a friendly crowd in Autzen Stadium as the Ducks try to restart, and get ready for the quest for the PAC 12 Championship. Their first challenge will be the Nevada Wolfpack, who have been preparing all spring and summer for their shot at the Ducks (Nevada had no game …