Comparing Ducks’ 2013-’14 Season to 2014-15 Season Performances

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When it comes to the Oregon Ducks football season this year, the accomplishments the team and program made are unreal. For the team, for individual players, for the coaches and the university, it was more than a successful season; it was a historical one. After the 2013-’14 season ended last year, a group of writers for ESPN wrote team-by-team season …

Thanks For the Memories: Tribute to Our Skinny Hawaiian

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With the upcoming departure of Marcus Mariota, I’d just like a moment to review and reflect on our beloved Skinny Hawaiian’s astounding career. In the coming days you will likely hear from ESPN how Mariota’s stock has fallen because of the Championship Game, and in the case of some, they might even say he shouldn’t be a first round pick …

Two, Four, Six, Eight! Who Do We Appreciate?

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The correct answer to this grade school cheer is readily apparent for lovers and haters of this site: The Oregon Ducks. (I realize that the technically correct answer to this is probably Ohio State, but this site is not named FishBuckeyes). Of course, appreciation exists in a variety of degrees. Older Ducks fans remember the infamous Toilet Bowl, a veritable …

NCAA Lack of Planning Gives Ohio State Unfair Edge for Championship Game

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ESPN’s Brett Murphy reported Wednesday that Ohio State is granted unlimited practices, due to the fact that their classes do not begin until Monday, January 12th. This is based upon different academic schedules between the two universities, as the University of Oregon operates under quarters, and the Ohio State University has a semester schedule.  Murphy, in his article, wrote: “Because …

ESPN Debates Marcus Mariota’s Place in History

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ESPN College Football Live already has boots on the ground in Dallas in preparation for next Monday night’s National Championship Game. Yesterday, the crew debated Marcus Mariota‘s legacy as potentially the greatest quarterback, not just in Oregon history, not just in Pac-12 history but in the history of college football. Here is a video of their discussion. Shocked with his name being mentioned among the all-time greats? Don’t be. Mariota …

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer: The Ducks are “cutting edge”

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The Oregon Ducks’ Rose Bowl 59-20 romp over former national champions Florida State captured the nation’s attention. But Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, whose Buckeyes’ team will face the Ducks on Jan. 12 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T, has been watching the Ducks for a while. Meyer has studied the football philosophies of offensive guru and former …

ESPN Analyzes Winston Postgame Comments

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Last night, the Oregon Ducks snapped Florida State’s 29-game winning streak, beating the Seminoles 59-20 in a lopsided Rose Bowl victory. It was the largest loss ever by a defending national champion. So what did FSU quarterback have to say about the Ducks’ performance? The post-game responses from FSU quarterback Jameis Winston are confusing at best and at times, just plain arrogant. “This game …

Mariota vs Winston: The Quest For Tampa

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Imagine, if you will, a world in which NFL scouts could watch the best two quarterbacks in the upcoming draft battle it out in a game where everything is on the line. Luckily we don’t have to imagine this, as this is what we will get to see this New Year’s Day. This duel of Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota could very …

Redefining The Up Tempo Runner: Royce Freeman

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Chances are if you are only a casual Oregon fan, or even a Ducks hater, your idea of an Oregon Ducks running back is a tiny little scat back. You wouldn’t be alone if you think this. In fact, according to Gary Campbell (Oregon’s running backs coach) he gets film all the time from high school coaches with the perfect …

ESPN: ‘Oregon Football Has Officially Arrived’

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From Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota winning the Heisman Trophy to playing in the College Football Playoff for a chance at a national championship, Oregon football has officially gained status among the college football elite. According to ESPN’s Ivan Maisel, the years of steady program building starting with head coaches Rich Brooks and Mike Bellotti are paying big dividends, positioning the Ducks with an opportunity to realize their dream …

Mariota’s Top Five ‘Heisman Moments’

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The Pac-12 Network ran a ”Mariotathon” on Friday as tribute to Oregon’s All American quarterback Marcus Mariota and a prologue for the Heisman Trophy Award ceremony tonight on ESPN.  The Heisman candidate has enjoyed an all-you-can eat awards buffet, becoming Oregon’s first ever Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner. Mariota also received the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award and the Johnny …

Defense Wins Championships?

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Is this statement a little dated? Let’s be honest — when you watch the Oregon Ducks, what is the first thing you see? An up-tempo offense that gets the job done, or which uniform they will be wearing this week? The Ducks are peaking at just the right time this season thanks to the exceptional effort on all sides of …