Three Reasons Oregon-ASU Never Became a Rivalry

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Amid the chaos following their game, the two coaches ran toward each other for a common ritual of their profession: the post-game handshake. While this interaction is normally brief and emotionally distant, after this particular game one coach, Arizona State’s Todd Graham, chose this moment to voice his contempt for the coach he was facing, Washington State’s Mike Leach. Broadcast …

Ruining the Season: An Arizona Specialty

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“Bear Down.” It is the official motto of the University of Arizona, a slogan based on a Gipper-ish legend of a former player’s message to his team. Lying in his hospital bed in 1926, starting quarterback John “Button” Salmon told coach Pop McKale (yes, that McKale) on his final hospital visit to Salmon, “…Tell the team to bear down.” The motto …

Five Things Brent Musburger Learned On Saturday

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Craig Strobeck 1.  The Autzen Avalanche is real.  Multiple reports from Saturday night’s game confirm that the home of the Ducks was absolutely rocking during the last 20 minutes against UCLA.  It is a certainty that a PAC-12 title game in Eugene would present a big problem to whoever represents the south.  The Ducks put up the final 28 points …

To Avoid a Blowout, 4 Ways the Bruins Must Defy All Odds in Autzen

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Kevin Cline ESPN College GameDay will be on hand for the 8th time in Eugene Saturday, to showcase a matchup of two top Pac-12 contenders in 3rd-ranked Oregon and 12th-ranked UCLA.  On paper, there are many reasons to believe this will be a compelling game. The game sets up as a showdown in several interesting ways for the two programs, including: …