Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out: Winston, Bruins and Ducks

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There are those Duck fans with the attitude that anything less than a three touchdown win is just unacceptable, and they are heaping criticism on the Duck coaching staff. Some even go so far as to say that the only reason Oregon beat WSU was a favorable non-call on pass interference toward the end of the game. One writer even …

Ducks Run Defense Will Be the Difference Maker of the 2014 Season

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Having a Heisman-hopeful, such as quarterback Marcus Mariota, is always exciting for a team. However, the timeless saying “Defense wins Championships” has been proven correct time and time again. With that being said, the Duck defense — which is arguably the best it has been since the departure of Defensive Coordinator Nick Alliotti — is possibly what could finally land …

A Fishy Examination of the History of Washington State University Football

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Hello Ducks! Our boys take to the road this week, opening Pac-12 play with a trip to the Papoose, or whatever they call the part of Eastern Washington that Washington State University reluctantly calls home. We have discussed Mike Leach’s unfortunate description of his players’ lady friends as fat little girlfriends while at Texas Tech. To be fair, beyond a failure of …

Two High, Two Low in the Pac-12

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It’s only two weeks into the season and we’ve already seen some great games in the Pac-12. A few teams have already shown that they learned from last year’s mistakes and are much improved while other teams are showing that we might have given them a little too much credit. Let’s take a look at two teams whose stock is …

Northwest Schools to Introduce New Fight Songs!

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Did you hear the news? Due to the flap over the Washington Redskins’ moniker and the onrush of political correctness everywhere, all major college programs are going to be assigned new fight songs. No longer will the U-Dub band be allowed to play “Tequila.”  Washington State won’t be able to play “Fight, Fight, Fight, for Washington State.”  OSU won’t be able …

Aaaand They’re Off!

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It’s the first Saturday in May and that means its time for the Kentucky Derby.  The food, the mint juleps, the pageantry … All of which make the Kentucky Derby the most exciting two minutes in sports … east of watching Beaver fans leave the Civil War early.  This year’s Run for the Roses is unusually special for the Pac-12. …

Pac-12 Power Positions: A 12-pack of PAC-12 Fleet-Footed Wide Receivers

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Months away from the start of football season, what’s a football fan to do to feed the addiction to college football than to look at the best returning players for next year. The Pac-12 has a lot of amazing talent coming back at every position for the 2014 football season, and wide receivers rightly make up a skilled part of …

Calliste Leads Ducks Away From the Abyss

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For a team in disarray on offense and playing matador defense during the last 5 games — all losses — Jason Calliste, the 6-2 senior guard from the Detroit area, said “Enough!” by dumping 20 on the Cougs, on 8-10 shooting (4-of-6 from behind the arc), to lead a 71-44 Duck victory.  Had the Ducks lost to last place Wazzu, the season would …

Predictive Recruiting Analysis: Pac-12 Rankings, Top Recruits

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With the 2014 recruiting cycle ending in five weeks, those teams atop the conference recruiting rankings are beginning to separate themselves.  Currently sitting atop these rankings is none other than the Oregon Ducks.  In question, however, is whether or not they can maintain their position.  What about your Pac-12 school of choice?  Here’s the objective data, commentary and individual school …

Bye Week Viewing Guide for the Discerning Duck

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fantasyfootballwire.com For the player, there is nothing like a bye week to get the aches and pains healed.  For the fan, there is nothing like a bye week to reintroduce your children to Daddy and find out if you’re still married. But you know as well as I that you aren’t going to spend the weekend working on Honey Do’s …

Top 5 Takeaways From Saturday for the Neo-Duck

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Craig Strobeck We’ll cut to the chase: 1.  Gary Campbell is a coaching superhero.  Forget all about Thor, Ironman or Tony Robbins, I want running backs coach Campbell as my life coach and mentor. Remember those early season complaints that Byron Marshall didn’t have the vision, patience or explosion to stay ahead of Thomas Tyner on the depth chart?  I predicted …

Oregon Continues to Win as its Schedule “Improves”

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Craig Strobeck Worried about what we saw in Oregon’s game against Washington State last night?  Concerned about Oregon’s long-term prospects for the season?  Don’t worry; here is your weekly affirmation that everything will be ok — for now. Washington State is Much Improved . . . Yes, Oregon was a 40-point favorite over the Cougars last Saturday, but this is …