Oregon Football’s “Silver Lining”: Remembering Justin Herbert and the Webfoots

Cameron Johansson Editorials 2 Comments

Four years ago, Oregon fans were introduced to a tall, lanky and shy kid named Justin Herbert, a kid who felt like his shoes would never be big enough to fill those of departed Ducks living legend Marcus Mariota. Herbert now leaves Oregon a hometown hero and the face of the program. He has also set the standard of what …

Oregon’s Million Dollar Defense

Jordan Ingram Editorials 66 Comments

If you don’t think winning is expensive, just ask Alabama. Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban is the second-highest paid head coach at $8.9 million, behind Clemson’s Dabo Sweeney ($9.3 million). The Crimson Tide also has three of the highest paid assistant coaches in college football, including defensive coordinator Pete Golding, who receives a $1.1 million annual salary, according to AL.com. …

Recruiting in the Conference of Champions

Jon Joseph Editorials 35 Comments

“Playoffs! Playoffs?” — Mora, The Elder College football Playoff (CFP) appearances and titles go hand-in-hand with recruiting results. When Clemson Dabo-Dabo-Do’ed and won its first title in 2016, its recruiting classes from 2013 to the year of that first CFP Championship averaged 15th in the country. This average, when compared to the classes other CFP title winning teams, is a …

Which Duck Team Does it Best: Football or Men’s Basketball?

Garrett Sharp-Craig Editorials 31 Comments

After a remarkable 12-2 season that ended with wins in the Rose Bowl and the Pac-12 Championship, the Oregon Ducks football team proved once and for all that they are back. Unlike, the football program, Oregon men’s basketball is in the midst of one of their best eras in school history. They have won at least a share of the …

The Joe Moorhead Offense: The Shovel Option RPO

Coach Eric Boles Analysis 57 Comments

When Coach Joe Moorhead was hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks, folks started to wonder how often the quarterback would run in the new system. Some believed that the coaching staff would continue to curb the number of QB carries, while others believed that the end-of-season success with zone reads signaled a change. We would later …

Moorhead Holds the Key to Fixing the Oregon Offense

Joshua Whitted Editorials 85 Comments

The list of Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead’s accomplishments is a lengthy one. Behind his unique offensive system, he has engineered some of the most impressive turnarounds in the country over the past decade, most notably pulling the Penn State offense out of the stone age and into the 21st century. Analysts, coaches and players alike rave about Moorhead’s off-the-charts …

The Future of the Oregon-Oregon State Civil War is Bright

Ryan Robertson Editorials 31 Comments

The Oregon Ducks are on a three-game winning streak! The 2016 season saw the Oregon Ducks lose their first Civil War since… 2007! But in the three games since, the Mario Cristobal-led Ducks outscored the lowly Oregon State Beavers 148-35. All three seasons saw the dominant Ducks hold Oregon State to 15 or fewer points, while the Ducks scored at …

Why the Duck Resentment?: An Open Letter

Steven Smith Editorials 61 Comments

Dear Fellow Pac-12 Members, Here on the campus and across the state and nation, many a Duck fan is becoming aware of a budding intra-conference displeasure with Oregon. This presents itself in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Call it an identity crisis of sorts, even bordering on ENVY (one of the Seven Deadly Sins). Are we not all supposedly united together …

The Ducks’ First Game May Be Their Most Important

Garrett Sharp-Craig Editorials 80 Comments

Every year at about this time, I begin to start deeply missing Oregon Ducks football and the roaring crowd of Autzen Stadium. Unfortunately, my calendar reads February 7th, which means we have to wait a bit more… 210 days to be exact. We have months to read articles, make predictions and attempt to contain our excitement for the upcoming season. …

Defining the CFB Championship-Winning Formula

Joshua Whitted Editorials 71 Comments

College Football National Champions take many different forms. Plenty of recent title winners have been led by high-flying, record-setting offensive attacks. On the flip side, defense-minded, hard-nosed teams have also had their day in the sun. With teams reaching the top in a variety of ways, what useful information can a program gather from each of these apparently different championship …