CFP vs. BCS: A Curmudgeon’s Perspective

Jon Joseph Editorials 58 Comments

Lately I’ve felt a little … curmudgeonly. Perhaps it has something to do with the spring equinox. Or maybe it’s the proximity of this weekend’s Masters Tournament (once again, my invitation to Augusta appears to be lost in the mail). Regardless, I hoped a little research into the history of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the College Football Playoff …

We All Know Grasu Wants to Play, But Will He?

Austin Willhoft FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

With only two days left until the commencement of the 101st Rose Bowl, the Ducks have been utilizing the last couple of days to recap their game plan come kickoff. This especially includes sharpening things on the defensive side of the ball  in order to stop “Famous” Jameis Winston from controlling the game. On the offensive side, one of the …

What Could’ve, Should’ve Been: A Look Back at the 2010 BCS Championship

Tyler Robinson FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

With Oregon on the verge of what could be the greatest season in the history of the program, I’d like to take you back to the biggest game that the Ducks have ever played in. Let’s go back to that 2010 season. The Ducks smashed and destroyed everyone in their path, going 12-0. Oregon led the nation in scoring at 47 …

Oregon Dynasty Needs Championship Hardware

Jordan Ingram FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

The Oregon Ducks enter the post-season meat grinder as butcher’s choice Châteaubriand, kings of the Pac-12 and a football behemoth with firepower in every position group. Somewhere in the hallowed halls of the Len Casanova center, big plans were drawn up for the Ducks, dreams so big they would take more than two decades to realize. Now, the Oregon Ducks …

Kani Benoit: The Small Division Underdog

Laura Brehm FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 4 Comments

Kani Benoit*, a redshirt freshman from Phoenix, Arizona, thought it was over. His dream of playing football for a top-tier program seemed unattainable. Though he received initial offers from 10 schools, he had trouble keeping them. And Oregon was really the only one in the running for the BCS National Championship. Benoit’s head coach from Phoenix Thunderbird High School, Brent …

Keanon Lowe: Senior, Leader, and Now Oregon’s Top Returning WR

FishDuck Staff FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

EUGENE, Oreg. — 22-19. Those were the numbers on the scoreboard as time expired in the 2011 BCS National Championship game.  The heart of Oregon Duck fans around the country melted as the opportunity to win a national title had come and gone.  No crystal football in the trophy room, no rings to be worn on the fingers of Oregon …

The Winning Mindset

Don Gilman FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

Attitude is everything.  And, while it was only two Ducks who expressed disappointment not being able to play in the National Championship, one has to wonder if that attitude has affected the rest of the team. To many fans it was disheartening to hear Josh Huff and DeAnthony Thomas expressing their lackluster enthusiasm about a return to a Rose Bowl.  …

College Football Nation: Sunshine State Beat-Down and Little Brother Wins B1G

Jeff Hostetler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

  If you were looking for upsets this week then just stop reading now.  We had many of the top teams on a bye week, while the others took care of business between the stripes.  College football fans will have much to look forward to next week, as Alabama plays LSU and Oregon takes on Stanford.  Don’t forget, we will have Baylor’s …

Is the SEC’s BCS Rep in Trouble?

Nathan Roholt FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Craig Strobeck It has been labeled as the top conference in all of college football.  That is the reputation the SEC has been adorned with, largely on the back of its member schools having won seven consecutive BCS National Championship Games; something the conference has no problem buying ad time to remind you about: Amazingly, that streak has been accomplished …

BCS Review: Who has impressed the most?

Bryan Holt FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 3 Comments

Copyright-Andrew Shurtleff The BCS elites did nothing to tarnish their sparkling starts after the second week of the campaign’s March to Pasadena, but this weekend had exuberance nonetheless.  The nation’s top five teams saw only minor change, but upsets and rebounding teams have once again changed the look of the bigger BCS picture. Alabama and Oregon at No. 2 lead the …

Who is Crashing the Party in Pasadena?

Nathan Roholt FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 7 Comments

It used to be the Top Ten. A team had to start the season ranked tenth or higher if they wanted to win the national championship, as every team since 1990 had done.  Then along came Auburn in 2010 who cheated lowered the bar, (as they did in so many other areas[1]) of what a team’s preseason ranking needed to …