Oregon Will Win National Football Crown

Mike Merrell FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 9 Comments

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out Though some firmly deny it and others don’t dare to hope it, it’s just a matter of time. The Oregon Ducks will win a national football championship, more likely sooner than later. But first, a matter that is just a tiny bit off the subject. I received some news this weekend that can only be classified as …

Players Who Wait Outshine Current Recruits

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Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out Lost in the excitement of the returning stars and the hope of stars to come is the quiet backbone of any football team. For the most part, these are the guys who didn’t grab the headlines their freshman years. They’ve been in the program for a year or two or three, possibly redshirting, biding their time behind …

What We Learned: 11 Newbs Critical to the Ducks’ Championship Run

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Through three glorious weeks of college football, teams across the country have had their depth tested. Look to the east and observe a USC defensive line run over by a mediocre Boston College team in a below-average ACC conference. Look to the south and see a backup quarterback carried off the field heroically on teammates’ shoulders after managing a shaky …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Grading the Class

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National LOI signing day is a lot like Christmas for those of us who follow recruiting. A few of us have rich parents and expect the world, while others come from blue collar families.  All of us wake up early and wait in agony for mom and dad to come downstairs so that we can start opening presents.  Sometimes, we …