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What Oregon Did For the First Time in Six Years, and Other Thoughts From Saturday’s Game
What Oregon Did For the First Time in Six Years, and Other Thoughts From Saturday’s Game -
Craig Strobeck Thoughts from Oregon’s game against UCLA last Saturday: Saturday’s Win Was Much Bigger than People Realize The Ducks had 21 points going in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game.  Since Oregon beat Cal 15-13 in 2010, the following have been the results of games when the Ducks had 21 points or fewer to start the fourth quarter: L, 22-19 vs. Auburn, 1/10/11 L, 40-27 vs. LSU, 9/3/11 L, 38-35 vs. USC, 11/19/11 L, 17-14 vs. Stanford, 11/17/12 In case you are keeping track, not only is that four straight losses with 21 or fewer to start the fourth quarter, that is every loss for Oregon since the start of the 2010 season.  In previous seasons, the greatest point of vulnerability for the Ducks was close, low-scoring games against ranked teams.  In fact, prior to Saturday’s win, Oregon had not defeated a ranked opponent when scoring 21 points or fewer entering the fourth quarter, since a win over another LA school on the final Saturday of October six years ago, when t - fishduck from Bookmarklet
Five Things Brent Musburger Learned On Saturday
Five Things Brent Musburger Learned On Saturday -
Craig Strobeck 1.  The Autzen Avalanche is real.  Multiple reports from Saturday night’s game confirm that the home of the Ducks was absolutely rocking during the last 20 minutes against UCLA.  It is a certainty that a PAC-12 title game in Eugene would present a big problem to whoever represents the south.  The Ducks put up the final 28 points of the game in that final 20 minutes of play, reminding a national audience of the oft forgotten final third of Oregon’s much quoted mantra: “Fast. Hard. FINISH.” 2.  Johnny Mundt is a touchdown grabbing walnut farmer.  This is not something Mr. Musburger learned from Saturday, but rather something he learned for Saturday as he conveyed his newly acquired knowledge from high atop the broadcast booth.  A tip of the hat to the four letter broadcast crew for focusing on positive traits of players involved in the contest rather than low-hanging, rotting fruit of recent local news headlines.  There is little need to rub additional sal - fishduck from Bookmarklet
Visitors’ Locker Room: UCLA “Not There Yet”
Visitors’ Locker Room: UCLA “Not There Yet” -
Kevin Cline If you re expecting UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora to be happy about being tied with Oregon at halftime, forget it! Coach Jim Mora following Saturday s 42-14 loss to Oregon at Autzen Stadium This was a very disappointing loss, Mora declared.   We didn t come up here to play close.  We didn t come up here to lose.  We came up here to win and we didn t get it done.  When asked if this game gave him any indication of whether the Bruins are close or far away from playing on the level he expects, Mora replied, That s a very good question.  I d have to say both.  We showed we can play with them, but they have consistency and we re not there yet. Mora s frustration was obvious and profound.  He clearly has a vision of his team competing and winning at the highest level.  He praised his team and his coaching staff for their work effort.  Responding to a question about QB Brett Hundley s performance, Mora said that Hundley works his butt off and plays well, but that he needs to - fishduck from Bookmarklet
Duck Defense Dominates Da Bruins + Recruiting & Game Notes
Duck Defense Dominates Da Bruins + Recruiting & Game Notes -
Kevin Cline Great teams make good teams look average.  After last night, there’s no doubt that Oregon is a great football team.  The Ducks beat the UCLA Bruins, 42-14, in a game that showed the nation they’re more than just an offensive juggernaut.  After Saturday night, those left questioning Oregon’s championship credentials are few. With all due respect to Coach Helfrich, the “faceless opponent” mantra didn’t hold much water this week, at least not among fans and analysts across the country.  With College GameDay in town and the primetime slot on ESPN, everyone was anxious to see how Oregon would respond after being placed behind Florida State in the initial BCS rankings.  The Ducks certainly played like they had something to prove. The game started inauspiciously with a Keanon Lowe fumble on the opening drive that gave UCLA a short field that led to a Bruins touchdown.  After a 3-and-out, Oregon did what no one in the stadium expected ran a fake punt.  Rodney H - fishduck from Bookmarklet
College Football Nation: Saban to Texas(?) and Duke Football Outshines its Basketball Team -
The Fishwrap Pregame Analysis — Brawlin’ with the Bruin — UCLA vs Oregon
The Fishwrap Pregame Analysis — Brawlin’ with the Bruin — UCLA vs Oregon -
This Saturday at 4 pm, UCLA comes to town, licking their wounds after being manhandled by Stanford, and, as they say, there s nothing more dangerous than a wounded bear.  On paper it would seem that the Ducks are way over-matched on the lines, with the DBs and that UCLA should win the war of the trenches. But that s on paper. I mean, let s consider that the Bruin s O-line averages 308 pounds to the Ducks D line, which averages only 285 pounds, but has two that can reach the 300 mark (Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Havili-Heimuli both go just over 3 bills).  On the other side of the ball, Oregon s O-line averages 293 pounds to UCLA s  300 pound average weight with their three interior defenders. Taken together, it all seems like the Ducks should suffer their first loss of the year. Again, that s on paper. Now consider this, UCLA beat Utah by only a touchdown and, had it not been for six interceptions, the Utes could very well have come away with the victory.  Yes, these are the sam - fishduck from Bookmarklet
To Avoid a Blowout, 4 Ways the Bruins Must Defy All Odds in Autzen
To Avoid a Blowout, 4 Ways the Bruins Must Defy All Odds in Autzen -
Kevin Cline ESPN College GameDay will be on hand for the 8th time in Eugene Saturday, to showcase a matchup of two top Pac-12 contenders in 3rd-ranked Oregon and 12th-ranked UCLA.  On paper, there are many reasons to believe this will be a compelling game. The game sets up as a showdown in several interesting ways for the two programs, including: - Serving as a potential preview of the Pac-12 Championship Game. - Featuring two of the premier offenses in the country, led by two of the most productive dual-threat quarterbacks. Can Oregon s defense contain UCLA? - Showcasing two of the most effective pass rushes in the country. - Spotlighting a matchup of coaching in first-year head coach Mark Helfrich vs NFL veteran Jim Mora. All of that being said, the consensus among the experts see a Ducks blowout victory.  The latest Las Vegas betting lines show Oregon as a massive 23.5 favorite. Why? A big factor could be the perceived health of both teams. The Bruins have suffered a number - fishduck from Bookmarklet
Chip Kelly Update: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Foles
Chip Kelly Update: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Foles -
from Video Two weeks ago against Tampa Bay, Nick Foles was the best quarterback in the NFL.  He was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, throwing for 22-of-31, for 296 yards and 3 TDs, and even ran in a touchdown.  His QBR (ESPN s quarterback rating) was 89.8, and he was leading the NFL in completion percentage (at 58.3%) for passes of more than 15 yards. With Mike Vick out because of a hamstring injury, fans were thinking OK, I prefer a QB who can run the 40 in under a minute, but I forgot this dude is 6-foot-6!  He s awesome!  The starting QB job was his  if he had a good performance in the big showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.  The lead in the NFC East, and inside position for a playoff berth, was on the line. This Sunday against the Cowboys, Foles was the worst quarterback in the NFL (unless you count Josh Freeman of the Vikings), going 11-29 for 80 yards with 3 sacks.  He missed all eight of his long passes.  Foles total QBR fell more than tenfold, to 7.5; only Freem - fishduck from Bookmarklet
UCLA Brings Knowledgeable Fan Base — and Decidedly Average Team — to Autzen
The Oregon Ducks, America’s favorite team?
The Oregon Ducks, America’s favorite team? -
from video In 2012, I had the honor of watching the football season with about 50 US Military Veterans.  As the calendar flipped from August to September, the ratio of fans in that little group was about ten-to-one in favor of NFL ball over college.  These were simply not college football fans, and to them, college was just not as much fun to watch as the more polished NFL. By the end of the season, the ratio was just about even between the NFL and college. By hook or by crook, I got that group to watch college football, more specifically, the brand of football that the Oregon Ducks play.  The vets became excited about this new style of football.  At least, it was new to them.  This brand of football wasn t just exciting  it was fast-paced, successful and, probably the most telling adjective, fun. “What is this thing you call football?” I remember one asking me.  It wasn t the drudgery of a running back crashing between the tackles again and again and aga - fishduck from Bookmarklet
UCLA Brings Knowledgeable Fan Base — and Decidedly Average Team — to Autzen - Everything that I tell you folks is true.  Some things may be a little truer than others.  The conversation that I am about to share with you is, I swear, the gospel truth.  It was Monday morning about 8:45 am.  I was talking to a UCLA fan about the upcoming game.  He said, You guys wouldn t be any good at all if you weren t owned by Ted Knight. That s right smart fella .  Judge Smalls (dead since 1996) owns the Ducks. This is what passes for witty and insightful conversation with these folks.  But they can t be blamed.  Their head coach, the affable Jim Mora Jr.,  has been thrown out of more jobs than Peter Griffin.  Mora the Younger was head coach for the Atlanta Falcons when he told Softy Mahler that he would leave the Falcons in the middle of a playoff run if he got a chance to coach U-TeninaRow.  The Seahawks, because they have as little self-respect as anyone, hired Mora to be their head coach and the future of the franchise.  The future tu - fishduck from Bookmarklet
Recruiting Update: Top Tight End Loves Oregon
Just How Rare is a “Decade of Dominance?”
Recruiting Update: Top Tight End Loves Oregon -
Kevin Cline Football Recruiting Visits Oregon’s definitive 62-38 thrashing of Washington State Saturday night put the Ducks in recruiting command of one of the top athletes in the nation.  The No. 2 ranked tight end and top Oregon big board prep Bryce Dixon (4-Star/Ventura, CA) was on hand to take in the sights and sounds of Autzen Stadium.  He was not disappointed. “I absolutely enjoyed it, Oregon is for real,” said Dixon.  “They did a really, really good job recruiting me.  I can’t even describe it all. They presented the school and told me all of these things and it was exactly like they said it was.  The way I got along with the players was perfect.  We got along so good and we all are kind of the same.  I loved the small town feel to Eugene.  It was small, but I liked it.  I liked how passionate the fans were and how Oregon has 93 straight sell outs.  That’s amazing fan support.” An imposing 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., Dixon’s hands in space and breakaway speed - fishduck from Bookmarklet
Just How Rare is a “Decade of Dominance?” -
John Giustina The Oregon Ducks hate the Washington Huskies.  The Washington Huskies hate the Oregon Ducks.  What more could you ask for in a college football rivalry game? These two teams have battled for bragging rights on the gridiron for more than a century, beginning all the way back in 1900.  That season, Oregon State (then Oregon Agricultural College) temporarily banned its program for two years, forcing the schools to meet for the first time.  The heated nature of the rivalry combined with its rich history to make it one of the most prestigious matchups in college football. The Huskies may lead the all-time series.  They may even have a couple of national titles that they voted for themselves.  However, one thing that they, for certain, do not have is a Decade of Dominance. Bralon Addison caught eight passes for 157 yards and a pair of scores against Washington in 2013. The Ducks have downed Washington in each of the past 10 seasons, making for one of the longest streak - fishduck from Bookmarklet
Alabama, Florida State and Oregon Top Initial BCS Standings
New Oregon Strategies Reveal Old Secrets
Alabama, Florida State and Oregon Top Initial BCS Standings -
Craig Strobeck The first official BCS standings for 2013 have arrived, and with no surprise, the undefeated and reigning national champion Alabama Crimson Tide is at No. 1.  However, the rest of the field saw significant change, as upsets and the notorious BCS computer calculations once again took over the world of college football. Mariota settling into his calm and collected state of mind before the game.. Florida State nudged out Oregon for the No. 2 spot in the initial standings, thanks to it’s drubbing of No. 9 Clemson last week. The Seminoles are clearly one of the nation’s elite and with the help of it’s superior computer ranking, they’ve become the new adversary to Alabama. The highly-anticipated quarterback duel quickly became a game of Tiger hunting for the FSU defense, amassing 4 turnovers in their 51-14 rout of Clemson.  Freshman phenom Jameis Winston shined on the big stage, throwing for 444 yards and 3 touchdowns, while adding a score on the ground. The Semino - fishduck from Bookmarklet
New Oregon Strategies Reveal Old Secrets -
Craig Strobeck Holding on to an Oregon “secret” for a year and a half has been difficult, as ongoing games have confirmed the accuracy of the previously “undisclosed.”  This game against the Cougars revealed TWO new Oregon strategies within the offense that now render the old secrets null and void, thus we can now delight in learning about them, and how they will impact our upcoming big games against UCLA and Stanford.  I don’t know what is more fun — revealing the secrets or discovering the new strategies! First let’s take a look at a play we love in the Oregon arsenal, the Wheel Route.  A RB coming out of the backfield usually carries it out and LaMichael James ran one for an 80-yard touchdown against the Cougs in 2010.  On Saturday we see it executed beautifully as Byron Marshall comes out of the backfield to catch the ball for a huge gain.  Note the red arrows (above), as the WSU defenders are badly out of position. In the screen shot above — we see the pink a - fishduck from Bookmarklet
Top 5 Takeaways From Saturday for the Neo-Duck
Top 5 Takeaways From Saturday for the Neo-Duck -
Craig Strobeck We ll cut to the chase: Coach Campbell s newest flock of disciples. 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 to several Duck fans that Tyner and Marshall would come close to splitting snaps against Wazzu last Saturday. This prediction was not because of deficiencies in Marshall’s game.  Instead, it was because Campbell has been progressively bringing along his newest talent, getting him acclimated to the schemes and speed of the college game. Marshall’s breakout performance this weekend of 192 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns, will be looked back upon as a turning point in his young career.  After several solid games by Ducks running game standards, we witnessed anothe - fishduck from Bookmarklet
Oregon Continues to Win as its Schedule “Improves”
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