PAC-12 Talent Rankings: Who’s on Top?

Chris Charbonnier FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 18 Comments

There is no debate: in college football, nothing is more important than talent. The overwhelmingly positive correlation between talent and winning says it all. While many factors go into becoming a successful, winning program, no other has as much of an impact as talent. There’s a reason coaches take recruiting so seriously. This week, we look at the four most …

College football nation: Johnny “football” stays away from pens and the Heisman race

Jeff Hostetler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

    Oh my goodness, two weeks until kick off and then we can finally quit all of this quiet time and bring the noise. Then we can start figuring out if the SEC will be re-re-re-re-re-re-re-repeat as National Champs or if someone else will steal the spotlight. I know for one thing, Texas A&M needs this season to get …

Ducks’ Championship Quest Stands at a Pivotal Moment

Don Gilman FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 4 Comments

Kevin Cline “The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings This year is one of the most important years in the history of Oregon football. During the years of Mike Bellotti, the football program was solid – very successful, but never quite reaching the …

Oregon Will Beat Stanford This Season

Victor Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

The Oregon-Stanford game this upcoming season will surely be one of the best games of the year between two of the best teams in the country. An early prediction: the Ducks will win. Now, there are a million reasons why this result might happen. Maybe Stanford suffers a bunch of costly injuries leading up to the game. Maybe Oregon will …

Duck Football 6-Pack: Oregon’s BIG receivers

Josh White FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

Photos courtesy of Kevin Cline In most of the close games and eventual losses during the Chip Kelly era, a common theme seemed to surface consistently.  An opposing team that was able to slow the run game enough force the Ducks to throw would sometimes find that Oregon couldn’t. The 2012 game against Stanford aside, we saw opposing teams like …

Thank Goodness for Mariota

Mathew Topolewski FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

Featured image courtesy of the Fiesta Bowl. The NCAA recruiting class of 2011 has provided some spectacular quarterbacks. In fact, as BleacherReport.com writer Jeff Bell indicates, this class may “ultimately be remembered for producing the best group of quarterbacks the college football world has seen in quite some time.” Bell then notes a number of players he believes have the …

Are the Ducks in for a Letdown Season?

Don Gilman FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

On paper, this Oregon Ducks football team looks strong. Marcus Mariota, DeAnthony Thomas and Josh Huff all return as starters. The offensive line looks tough, as does the defensive secondary. In fact, there isn’t a single position that looks particularly weak, yet there are some vulnerabilities that should be troublesome to Duck fans. One of the issues Oregon fans should …

Oregon’s Top Five Breakout Players for 2013

Sam Arney FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 8 Comments

Welcome back my feathered friends! With the heat rising to 116+ for almost all of last week in my city in the desert, I have been inside.  Enjoying the nice cool breeze from my air conditioner, peering out the smallest crack of the blinds to watch the sweaty people go about their days, and tearing my hair out deciding who …

In CFB’s Free Agency, Oregon Would Aim High To Fill Needs

Joel Gunderson FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 3 Comments

It’s July, which means NBA free agency is in high gear. For fans in Portland, that means mid-level signings and questionable trades. One thing that free agency offers the big spenders, however, is the opportunity for quick improvement. If college football offered the same opportunity, you have to figure that Oregon would be in the running for some of the …

Oregon’s Dominance Prevented Marcus Mariota From Being a 2012 Heisman Finalist

Victor Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 6 Comments

Marcus Mariota’s omission from the Heisman finalist group last season wasn’t the biggest travesty in world history, but he definitely should have been there. In fact, he played just as well as Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. Unfortunately, two things – both out of his control – prevented Mariota from getting the Heisman finalist spot he deserved: the team he played …

Give Thanks to the Little Guys

Don Gilman FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 4 Comments

For every Marcus Mariota, there is a Dane Ebanez, J.R. Maffie and Axel McQuaw. For every first-round draft pick there are scores of players who come to practice every day, hitting the trenches and working just as hard as the stars.  Yet these players pass quietly through the hallowed halls of Oregon with little or no acclaim, sometimes without scholarships …