Would Playoff Expansion Help or Hurt the Pac-12?

Joshua Whitted Editorials 79 Comments

On Championship Saturday, after all the games had concluded and the festivities died down, uneasy fans of Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State waited in angst. Three playoff spots had already been locked up, and all that was left was a single slot for three worthy contenders. How could Georgia — a team that gave the overwhelming favorite Crimson Tide everything …

Oregon Ducks Football: Linebacker Dru Mathis

Mike Kelly Talent Evaluation 23 Comments

The Oregon Ducks signed the best group of linebackers in school history December 19th, as the National Letter-of-Intent early signing period came to a close. Certainly the headliners are Under Armour All-American Ge’mon Eaford from Florida and Polynesian Bowl selection Mase Funa from Southern California. However, the Ducks inked a Junior College linebacker that is further along in his development …

Ponder-Point: Football Factory Versus Football Family

Ugly Duckling Editorials 84 Comments

Since the National Championship game, college football analyst Joel Klatt has been making the sports talk-show circuit (Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless and The Herd with Colin Cowherd). He shared some amazing insights on both shows about the game — specifically, about several differences between the Clemson and Alabama football programs. Klatt shared a statistic that might warm long-time …

Team Speed+Conditioning+Hurry-Up: (The Kelly Formula) Is its shelf-life done?

Jayme Vasconcellos Editorials 67 Comments

You needn’t have been clad from head-to-toe in Duck gear, hoisting locally-brewed libations, and screaming at a wide-screen (or the field) to have noticed a pond-change in the 2018 Duck football team’s persona. Actually, it shouldn’t take any deductive or visual attention at all— the new head coach, Mario Cristobal, was very clear: the Ducks needed to get bigger, stronger, …

Oregon’s Success Hinges on Cristobal’s Adaptability

Joshua Whitted Editorials 90 Comments

Oregon’s offense underachieved in 2018. The offensive unit had a variety of issues throughout the season, and those issues were alarmingly prevalent in the Redbox Bowl against a feisty Michigan State defense. Although the Ducks earned a hard-fought victory, it wasn’t because of their offense, which struggled to establish any sort of rhythm throughout the game. Oregon finished with a …

Calling All Quarterbacks! What Makes a GREAT ONE?

Steven Smith Editorials 44 Comments

It’s a wonderful time to be an Oregon Ducks fan. Justin Herbert and nine other starters are set to return on offense, so 2019 could be a special season. But what will it take for the Ducks’ talented trigger-man to take the Ducks to the next level? Let’s explore the qualities and attributes that make a great quarterback, and see if Oregon’s …

Oregon’s 2018 Season In Review: What Could Have Been

David Miller Editorials 39 Comments

I forgive you for thinking that the Ducks would return to glory in 2018. I forgive you for thinking that they would be Crist-o-ballin’ back to the Rose Bowl or maybe even the playoffs. And I forgive your twitter hyperbole and article comments of anticipatory grandeur, despite the fact that it was delusional to expect such a drastic turnaround in …

Ponder-Point: What Did YOU Learn From the Natty?

Joshua Whitted Editorials 115 Comments

It was billed as the biggest National Championship Game since the legendary meeting between USC and Texas in 2006. The unheard of fourth straight postseason matchup between Alabama and Clemson had all the makings of an instant classic. The field was littered with future NFL draft picks. The opposing quarterbacks were among the best in the sport. And head coaches …

Justin Herbert’s Return: Criteria for Success

Jared Jimmerson Editorials 37 Comments

A flurry of controversy began as soon as the announcement broke that Justin Herbert would return to the Oregon Ducks for his senior season. Many fans seemed to support the return and viewed it as an opportunity for him to further his development and play alongside his younger brother. However, there exists a subset of folks who believe turning down the …

It’s Official: The Pac-12 Doesn’t Get It

Darren Perkins Editorials 65 Comments

Let’s continue to take a look at the state of the Pac-12 Conference, as there have been some recent developments over the past couple of weeks.   (Related articles: “Has Larry Scott Sunk Pac-12 Football?” and “Larry Scott and the Pac-12’s Problems.”) Pac-12 Officiating Strikes Again  We all know about the bashing that Pac-12 officiating has received over the years. All of it, well-deserved.   It …