Depth and Stars Matter at Florida State

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Florida State, Oregon’s opponent in the upcoming Rose Bowl on January 1st, knows how to win. An established football tradition and excellent coaching are complemented by top recruiting classes attracted to the school of 32,000 in Tallahassee, year after year. As the ‘Noles prepare for their showdown with the Ducks, they have not-so-quietly put together the nation’s second-ranked 2015 recruiting …

Oregon Ducks Using Secret Weapon For Training?

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The Oregon Ducks football team is one of only a few NCAA teams using a high-tech GPS device for training and practicing purposes called the Catapult. This device helps coaches and trainers keep track of their athletes in ways that haven’t been possible until now. So, you’re wondering what the Catapult is. Well, the product’s website catapultsports.com says, “Catapult is a physiological/biological monitoring …

Fuzzy’s Guide to Surviving the Rose Bowl: Travel Options

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With the Ducks facing Florida State in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015, FishDuck.com has commissioned its janitor and Rose Bowl expert, Farkquar “Fuzzy” Quackenbush to help make your Pasadena experience the best ever. Fuzzy attended his first Rose Bowl in 1994 when the Ducks met the Penn State Nittany Lions. In this series of articles, we’ll examine travel and …

Ducks to Face FSU in Rose Bowl

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It’s official, fan friends! Oregon has locked down their spot in the College Football Playoffs and will be playing Florida State in the Rose Bowl on January 1. In this playoff our Ducks (12-1) are are ranked No. 2 and the Seminoles (13-0) are ranked No. 3. Florida State is undefeated and the only team in this playoff rack to …

College Football Playoff: Perils and Pleasure

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Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out To nobody’s surprise, the present four-team playoff system is proving to be at best a Band-Aid to stop the bleeding until a real solution is in place to crown a national champion in Division I-A football. Right or wrong, there seems to be a semblance of consensus over the top three teams, but it’s a train wreck …

Dropped Balls and Other Life Lessons

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Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out With the success of Oregon football this season, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and fail to notice some of the life lessons that abounded this past week in college football. The vaunted SEC West, for example, once again proved the value of being a big frog in a small pond. Mississippi State and …

F’s for Football’s First Final Four

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Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out Yes, this flag is dirty, worn out, and a good part of it is cut off — sort of like the idea of a two-team or four-team college football playoff decided by beauty pageant judges. It didn’t take long for the four-team playoff idea to get as dirty and worn out as the BCS Championship Game that …

College Football Nation: Hokies Poked and Boston College Runs over USC

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What a day of upsets this weekend of college football gave us. All up and down the east coast David was slaying Goliath. As fans, we live for the upsets. To be able to see a true underdog emerge victorious is why we love sports. So much action to cover from all over the country today, so lets get into it. …

College Football Nation: “Johnny Who?” and FSU Survives a Scare

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  The moment you all have been waiting for is finally here! Kickoff! No more talk of lawsuits, arrest reports, or players hurting their ankles. We can finally talk football, and we may have been hoping for a few upsets today — but nothing really came as a shock. Let’s get right into the Top-25 to get caught up on this week’s …

College Football Nation: Bret Bielema Likes Big Butts and NCAA Decision Awaits

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  Media days are upon us. Of course, if you look at the news feed you will think that the SEC is the only conference to have one of them. Media day is the chance for coaches and players to answer a few questions and give fans something to look forward to in the fall. Sometimes you might even get a …

College Football Nation: How Do the Gators Do It and Penn State Tweets

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  With the NCAA trial all finished up and media days about to begin, the news was a little slow this week. The news in the college football world might be slow but it is never dull. It will really pick up when you put a bunch of coaches and players in front on a microphone for media day. Great news …

College Football Nation: Jameis Winston Staying Put and Nut Free Northwestern

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In other news, the NCAA (court) trials are still making headlines. It looks like the NCAA’s chances took a huge blow when Jim Delany took the stand and pretty much ran wild with his ideas and backed up the plaintiff’s case. Right now the NCAA is just getting hammered with so many witnesses against them. Both this week and next, the NCAA …