While Oregon Football Tailspins, Three Ducks Basketball Games To Anticipate

Kellen Garrett Editorials 5 Comments

For those expecting an epic border clash, there was disappointment. For those that were hoping to see a resurgence to save the season, there was despair. For those that predicted a win, there was embarrassment. If you watched looking for discipline and effort, I imagine you turned the channel. On top of that, there was plenty of celebrating in Oregon …

Buckle Up: Time To Ride the Oregon Football Roller Coaster

David Miller Editorials 3 Comments

It used to be that Oregon fans made light of the other teams in the Pac-12 for their roller coaster seasons. You know the ones I’m talking about. Where they have pre-season hopes, maybe some hype around a returning quarterback or running back, maybe even a pre-season ranking, then fall flat on their face against some middling competition. Only they …

Overlooked No Longer, Brenden Schooler Flies as Oregon Duck Safety Net

Kellen Garrett Editorials 4 Comments

A trendy criticism of the Oregon Ducks is their defense – or lack of it. When fans take a look at the field Saturday they may notice that defensive coordinator Brady Hoke‘s defense will feature only one senior in the starting lineup. Yes, the mistake-prone defense is experiencing some growing pains. That is easy to see, but better days are …

Prukop, Carrington, Nelson and Brooks-James: Pac-12 Championship Is Still in Play

Kellen Garrett Editorials 4 Comments

Oregon lost last Saturday. They lost the game, a starting wide receiver and the blindside protection for Dakota Prukop. The Ducks lost a lot – but they did not lose the season. The next few months appear to be headed in one of two ways. At times, the Ducks certainly look like a team that could lose more than four …

Young Duck Troy Dye Makes Splash In New Look Defense

Kellen Garrett Editorials 8 Comments

There is no substitute for hard work and preparation, and if anyone is the perfect Week 1 embodiment of this mantra it is true freshman linebacker Troy Dye. Dye wasted no time making an impact in his first collegiate game, loudly introducing himself to the UC Davis backfield and the yellow-clad Oregon fan base with back-to-back tackles on the fifth and …

Under-the-Radar HS QBs Finding Great Success at Oregon

Aaron Lewis Editorials 8 Comments

Over the past couple of decades, Oregon has developed into a top Pac-12 program and a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail. Oregon’s unique culture, exciting style of play, success on the field, world class facilities, flashy uniforms, etc., have enabled the Ducks to pull in a number of blue-chip recruits from around the country including De’Anthony Thomas, Royce Freeman, …

Playoff Committee Ignores SOS, Good Ship Pac-12 Sinks

Jon Joseph Editorials 0 Comments

In 2015, the College Football Playoff Committee (Committee) seemingly paid no attention to strength of schedule (SOS.) The Committee, by design or lack thereof, has no standard metric to judge a team’s SOS. Accordingly, overall wins in 2015 trumped any evaluation of the quality of a team’s victories against  both out of conference (OOC) and in-conference opponents. 11-1 Oklahoma with a bad …

SEC Wins Again Over Pac-12 Due to Incompetence of Scott/Guerrero

Jon Joseph Editorials 3 Comments

I was 10 years old in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite, Sputnik. I can tell you with certainty that Uncle Sammy’s reaction to being eclipsed technologically by the Red Menace was far more tepid than the SEC’s response to college football (CFB) satellite camps. The U.S. turned to NASA to bridge the gap. The SEC …

An Issue Oregon Football Can’t Duck

Jon Joseph Editorials 3 Comments

Head trauma, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) damage and player safety, in general, are major areas of concern today in both the NFL and in college football (CFB). With parents and guardians concerned about head injuries, participation in youth football continues to decline. In response, a number of youth leagues have eliminated tackling in both practice and in games. The Ivy League recently eliminated live tackling in …

College Football Nation: Week 7 Rivalry Week Heats Things Up

Mark Weber Editorials 0 Comments

Big 12 The Kansas State Wildcats had No. 2  TCU Horned Frogs right where they wanted them in their Week 6 matchup. Going into the second half of the game, they led the Frogs by 18 points, but the lead didn’t hold as TCU ultimately made a furious comeback winning the game, 52-45. The comeback is a story in itself, but a better story is the …

College Football Nation Episode VI: Return of the CFN

Mark Weber FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 0 Comments

After a brief hiatus, College Football Nation returns. There’s a lot to catch up on, America, since the last CFN was published. We’re into July now — I hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July. It couldn’t have been much worse than Jason Pierre-Paul’s  – and there are just 52 days until the 2015 college football season kicks off. Without further ado, …

Nelson to Become Latest Two-Way PAC-12 Star

Jimmy Friedricks FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

In major Division 1 college football, it’s rare to see an athlete play both offense and defense. The reasons are quite simple: with a roster of more than 100 spots available on college football teams, players are able to become more specialized as depth increases. This allows players to get more in-depth training at a certain position, and helps prevent overuse, …