Oregon Football: Where’s That Juice?

Mitchel Simantel Editorials

Picture this: you sit down with your loved ones around the TV to watch your favorite show. You’re all snuggled in as the episode starts, but soon everything looks familiar, too familiar. It’s at that moment you realize you’ve seen this episode before. This is how I felt watching the first quarter of Oregon vs. Bowling Green. I’ve seen it …

Oregon Speed with Brute Force: Cristobal or Frost First to Get There?

Walter Gray Editorials

BRUTAL SPEED: A Marriage Made in Heaven?  Mario Cristobal and Nebraska’s Scott Frost have expressed remarkably similar strategies to pursue a national championship. This season, the two coaches plan to deliver two what-should-be-fascinating examples of combining Oregon speed and tempo tactics with brute-force football learned at Alabama and Nebraska. The goal: punish your opponents with dominating physicality, while simultaneously dazzling them …

If You’re Not Pulling for the Beavs at the College World Series? You Need to Move to California

Mike Ostrom Editorials

Have you seen the T-shirt that says “My favorite team is Oregon and whoever’s playing Oregon State?” Flashback to 2011, the day before the Oregon-Auburn National Championship in Glendale, Arizona for a moment. At this Duck pep rally 24 hours before the game there’s some guy from Alabama wearing a sign stating that he came all the way from Alabama …

Oregon Football 2018 Spring Game Wish List

Mitchel Simantel Editorials

Congratulations, everyone, WE MADE IT! We survived the football dead season and have made it into the football teaser season. Spring football is here and it brings with it a delicious taste of the sport we love. But even though football is back, the spring can be bittersweet. Although the team returns to practice and we get a fresh influx of …

Oregon Hoops: Three Off-Season Questions

Darren Perkins Editorials

The 2018 Oregon Ducks basketball season ended with a big thud last weekend. And while it would have been nice to see the Ducks make a run in the NIT, I get the feeling that Duck fans didn’t lose sleep over losing in the second round. With five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, Oregon fans have become accustomed to getting more out of …

Mario Cristobal’s Winter Term Grade

Mitchel Simantel Editorials

Well, here we are, Duck Fans. We’ve made it to the quiet time. The games have been played, the recruits have been signed and there are only a few more loose ends to tie up before we can close the books on the first term of the Cristobal Era and stash them away to gather dust. It has been a …

Oregon Football Recruiting is Changing and It’s Time to Accept It

Mitchel Simantel Editorials

Oregon Football has been built on a foundation of continuity, innovation and those diamond in the rough players that we, as Duck fans, have loved over the years. Our program has felt like a family, with familiar faces on the sideline and in the locker room. We were comfortable, we were confident and each year, when our recruiting class was …

Best Case Scenario for the Oregon Football 2018 Depth Chart

Mitchel Simantel Editorials

With the 2017 college football season officially coming to a close, we find ourselves in a familiar place: a new coach, recruiting momentum, and a newfound hope for what the future will hold. The Ducks relied on many underclassman in the 2017 campaign, but there will be some big spots to fill due to some familiar faces moving on to …

High-Wire or Haywire? CONFIDENCE in Question for the Ducks

Steven Smith Editorials

Are the Ducks are doing a “high-wire act,” or are we gonna be walking the plank? Either way, at the season’s midpoint, there is real danger below! We need at least one more victory before the Civil War game. Why Oregon Needs a Signature Win Over 60 players witnessed or played in last season’s debacle. Please, not again. Those verbal commits for …

X’s vs. O’s: Oregon’s 4 Verticals vs. Nebraska’s Cover 5

Zach Pierson Analysis

Welcome to the third installment of X’s vs. O’s. In this series, we will analyze how Oregon utilizes different schemes and techniques to attack and defend the opposition. Today, we will discuss how the Cover 5 defense matches up against the 4 Verticals (so called because it involves four vertical receivers) passing concept. These common enemies clashed in a third-and-long …

Oregon Can Get Defensive Help from an Unlikely Source

Coach Ruskin Fiegenbaum Analysis

Oregon’s biggest problem, as all Duck fans know, lies with the defense. The unit is ranked in the bottom 10 in the country, for a variety of reasons. I have faith that Jim Leavitt can get things fixed, but he is going to need help if the Ducks are going to return to double-digit wins. I believe a strong offense can be a great …

Why Ducks Fans Should Root for Thomas Tyner As a Beaver

Bob Rickert Editorials

“Once a Duck, always a Duck.” And, “It’s not like he went to the Huskies.” Those are the first two things that came to mind when I heard Thomas Tyner was going to graduate, transfer to Oregon State and resume his football career for a year. The former all-everything back at Aloha High School and former Duck says he’ll be …