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Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? Are You KIDDING ME?

(First published on 14 December 2013.  Here is a re-publish. We need to get to eight teams for the most "perfect" way of getting a "true" champion in college football)

Last season, 2013-14,  marked the final year of the BCS.

The BCS had been in place since the 1998 season as the consensus method of determining the MNC (Mythical National Champion). Prior to the 2006 season eight teams competed in four BCS Bowls. The BCS replaced the Bowl Alliance which was the "system" in place from 1995–1997. Prior to that we had something called the Bowl Coalition from 1992–1994.

Prior to the Bowl Coalition's creation in 1992, the AP Poll's #1 and #2 teams met in a bowl game only 8 times in 56 seasons. Since the creation of the BCS in 1998 the AP's #1 and #2 teams met 12 of 15 seasons.

All of these rankings - especially during the BCS era - had generated controversy and Oregon was involved in a couple of these discussions.  Most notably in 2001 when Nebraska was voted in to play Miami over Oregon.

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Another Trivia Question....

We will ALWAYS have: "What team was the LAST to play for a tie in CFB (0-0) and the FIRST to play - and WIN - in OT (beat Fresno St).

We now have [2012-14] another: 

Oregon is the only school in the 40/20/10 club (wins)(baseball, men's basketball, football) for 3 consecutive yrs.

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In college football, Oregon :
A -  is tops over the last five years for wins against the "Power" conferences:

B - is the only team in CFB to win 9+ games in each of the last 8 seasons (including 2014).

C - is the best among Power-Five teams since 2007 for average margin per game at plus-20.5.

D - has (as of their victory over Wyoming) 50 games of 40+ points since 2009. No other FBS team has more than 37 such games over that span.

Catch Up ...

18 December

Forest Grove natives give Mariota a 9/11 memorial tour

Source: Portland Tribune
A pair of Forest Grove High School graduates stumbled into a chance to squire 2014 Heisman Trophy winner and University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota around New York City’s World Trade Center Monday, Dec. 15.

NFL Mock Drafts

Source: CBS Sports
1 - Marcus Mariota

McShay: 2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Source: ESPN
1 Marcus Mariota, Analysis: Mariota is a dynamic athlete with excellent top-end speed. He is elite at throwing on the run. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-12)

Chandler debuts for Oregon

Source: Register Guard
The post scores 13 points in seven minutes in the Ducks’ 79-56 win Wednesday against Cal State Northridge

Injury sidelines top corner

Source: Register Guard
Oregon will be without its best defensive player for the College Football Playoff.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's injury adds to list of banged up Oregon Ducks

Source: OregonLive
The news of Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's knee injury is the latest in a series of important Oregon players suffering injuries.

Wise Quacks: Life without Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Source: CSNNW
It's another edition of Wise Quacks and with the breaking news of Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's injury, Dwight and Aaron break down just how devastating this injury could be.

Ducks Michael Chandler received extra benefits in HS

Source: CSNNW
Oregon center Michael Chandler made a his debut as an Oregon Duck Wednesday night, after missing the first nine games with what was believed to be a knee injury.

Oregon senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu injures knee, done for playoffs

Source: CSNNW
Oregon senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu severely injured his knee during practice Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season, according to a team source.

Report: Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffers knee injury, ACL is a concern

Source: Daily Emerald
The remainder of Oregon defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu’s senior season appears to be over.

Oregon’s Laura Roesler wins 2014 Bowerman Award

Source: Daily Emerald
The Bowerman trophy is the highest honor an individual can receive in collegiate track and field. Named after legendary Oregon coach Bill Bowerman, the award was first handed out in 2009.

Joseph Young’s complete performance leads Oregon past Cal State Northridge

Source: Daily Emerald
Joseph Young did everything right Wednesday night as he led Oregon (7-3) past visiting Cal State Northridge 79-56.

Report: Oregon All-American CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu injures knee, out against FSU

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Ekpre-Olomu was expected to be a formidable matchup against Rashad Greene, FSU’s all-time leading receiver.

FSU players laud John Franklin's ability to mimic Marcus Mariota, prep Seminoles' defense

Source: Orlando Sentinel
TALLAHASSEE — John Franklin became a punchline among FSU players late last year..

Want clutch? Check out Winston-Mariota playoff matchup

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Headlining the No. 2 Oregon-No. 3 Florida State matchup in the Rose Bowl ... is the quarterback pairing of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, creating what has the potential to be one of the best showings of quarterbacks that college football has seen in recent memory.

AP source: Oregon CB Ekpre-Olomu injures a knee

Source: AP.org
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the program does not discuss injuries.

Sources: Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's season in doubt after 'serious' knee injury

Source: Yahoo Sports
Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered a serious knee injury in practice on Tuesday and his status is uncertain for the Ducks' upcoming playoff game, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Mariota Joins LaMichael James As Unanimous All-Americans From Oregon

Source: GoDucks.com
EUGENE — Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was named to three all-America teams Wednesday, making the junior Heisman Trophy winner the second unanimous all-American in UO history.

17 December

Marcus Mariota University of Oregon Career Highlights

Source: GoDucksdotcom
"Jesus, Girls, and Marcus Mariota. Yup....Mahalo.

Playoff participants stack AP All-America team

Source: AP.org
Heisman winner Marcus Mariota is the first Ducks quarterback to be an All-American. He is joined by Ducks cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Is Marcus Mariota the next Aaron Rodgers?

Source: Fox Sports
Joel Klatt discusses the Heisman Trophy winner's potential, comparing him to the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

The FSU Problem

Source: Grantland
Ever since the beginning of this season, the New York Times has been on the yet-unfinished story of the sexual-assault complaint against Winston. But that really has been the least of it.

Small Ducks can still rebound

Source: Register Guard
Oregon’s fifth in NCAA with an average of 44.3 boards per game

Cheserek, Roesler await Bowerman fate

Source: Register Guard
The two Oregon runners are among the finalists for college track’s biggest individual award

UO defensive ends ponder pro futures

Source: Register Guard
Junior starters Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner are both highly regarded NFL prospects

The College Football Playoff reimagined as a 128-team bracket

Source: USA Today
College football analyst Brian Fremeau took things a couple steps further and mapped out the entire regular season as a 128-team playoff, with Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and Oregon all making it to the quarterfinal.

Arik Armstead keeps focus on Rose Bowl as report calls his NFL departure likely

Source: OregonLive
"I just focus on playing against Florida State and studying them," Armstead said. "...All that stuff at the end of the season, I'm not even thinking about yet."

Pharaoh Brown still working his way back to return with Oregon Ducks

Source: OregonLive
"There's a couple long-term scenarios where we're just going to see how it plays out. Obviously we'd love to have him back as soon as possible." Helfrich said.

Oregon Ducks ease back into Rose Bowl prep

Source: CSNNW
Oregon spent the day mostly getting back into the groove of playing football after a week off that saw the players taking final exams and the coaches out recruiting.

Oregon Bromance: Joe Walker and Tyson Coleman

Source: CSNNW
It is obvious that Oregon linebackers Joe Walker and Tyson Coleman are great friends. But who is the "selfie" king? Who is the bigger momma's boy?

Turnovers could dictate Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston storyline

Source: ESPN
Without question, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State and the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon will take center stage on New Year's Day in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual.

Florida State goes from preseason pet to playoff periphery

Source: ESPN
“I knew it’d be hard but I didn’t know it’d be this hard,” sophomore Nate Andrews said of the pressure to repeat. “Every week we had to play our hearts out.”

Seminoles using speedy backup to replicate Mariota, Oregon offense

Source: Tallahassee Democrat
“He actually has pretty good speed for a quarterback,” FSU linebacker Terrance Smith said. “I’ve seen him pull the ball out of a couple (read option plays) and be able to outrun the (defensive ends), linebackers and (defensive backs). You usually don’t see that from a quarterback.”

Fisher says injured DT Lawrence-Stample could be available for Rose Bowl

Source: Tallahassee Democrat
Nile Lawrence-Stample, who has missed the last 10 games with a pectoral injury, could start practicing this week for the Seminoles and might be available for their Rose Bowl showdown with Oregon on Jan. 1.

FSU's defense could get big boost if Nile Lawrence-Stample returns

Source: Orlando Sentinel
FSU will need every able body it can get against Oregon’s up-tempo attack. Because of that, the Seminoles are giddy at the prospect of Nile Lawrence-Stample’s return..

FSU defender calls Jameis Winston 'best player in America,' giving Seminoles an edge against Oregon's Marcus Mariota

Source: Orlando Sentinel
"That doesn't really matter to me," Ramsey said when asked about Mariota, who won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night. "Jameis [Winston] is the best player in America. we go against him every day in practice."

FSU notebook: Detesting the underdog role, preparing for Oregon's tempo and more

Source: Orlando Sentinel
(SU DB Jalen Ramsey) talked about not why he’s not going to be intimidated of QB Marcus Mariota, gave the finer details of why he talks trash in games, and went off when asked about why FSU was perceived as the underdog against Oregon.

16 December

Ducks Await Bowerman Announcement

Source: GoDucks.com
Oregon student-athletes Edward Cheserek and Laura Roesler were named one of three finalists for the award earlier this year.

The Early Book on Mariota

Source: SI.com
One of the worst ways to judge a quarterback is by “vocal leadership.” It’s bunk. As Derek Jeter says, “I never said much. The best leaders lead by example.”

Glazer: Where could Marcus Mariota be drafted?

Source: Fox Sports
FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer offered some insight ... into how he's being viewed amongst decision-makers in the league.

What's missing in Mariota's Heisman win; top 10 contenders for 2015

Source: Fox Sports
After Johnny Football's antics and Famous Jameis' legal woes, the Heisman Trophy needed a relief. It stood there in a room full of college football icons, no drama, no controversy in tow.

Sources: Oregon DL Arik Armstead leaning toward entering NFL draft

Source: Yahoo Sports
Armstead hasn't made any official declarations yet, but his father, Guss Armstead, has already held a number of meetings with agents in an effort to analyze his son's options for representation should he declare.

Bowl season is nearly upon us

Source: Register Guard
... we’d like to propose a playoff of our own: The winner of the Potato Bowl vs. the winner of the Popeye’s Bowl, in a showdown of American homestyle cuisine sure to satisfy a football fan’s deepest cravings.

Mariota mania keeps rolling

Source: Register Guard
NEW YORK — They’re not just talking about Marcus Mariota at O’Hara Catholic School in Eugene. Saint Louis High in Honolulu isn’t the only place where kids want to be like Marcus.

In Eugene, focus returns to football

Source: Register Guard
Minus Mariota, the Ducks practice Monday for the first time since winning the Pac-12 title game on Dec. 5

College Football Playoff Referee Assignments: Which Teams Have The Edge?

Source: SI.com
One of the more important aspects of the College Football Playoff was revealed on Monday as we learned the officiating crews that will be overseeing the contests.

True Freshman All-America Team

Source: ESPN
RB: Royce Freeman, Oregon

Heisman winner Mariota's grand tour features a Letterman stop

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Marcus Mariota will finally have time to sleep again now.

Marcus Mariota's Heisman Trophy gala ends with 'goosebumps' amid more celebration

Source: OregonLive
NEW YORK — For nearly five hours Monday night, 18 past Heisman Trophy winners milled around a midtown Manhattan hotel conference room, unable to go more than the length of a first down without being stopped for an autograph.

Oregon's Hroniss Grasu and Thomas Tyner progress in return to the field

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- Oregon center Hroniss Grasu had a noticeably different look following Oregon's practice on Monday.

Marcus Mariota's teammates find humor in seeing the Heisman-winner being forced to talk about himself

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- Derrick Malone hasn't seen the appearance yet, but he's heard about it.

Big questions: FSU offense vs. Oregon defense

Source: ESPN
We continue with the matchup between the Florida State offense and Oregon's defense.

Big questions: Oregon offense vs. FSU defense

Source: ESPN
Today, we start with three questions on how the Oregon offense and Florida State defense match up.

College football attendance: Home crowds drop to lowest in 14 years

Source: CBS Sports
Football Bowl Subdivision crowds for home games averaged 43,483 fans per game, down 4 percent from 2013 and the lowest since 42,631 in 2000, according to a CBSSports.com analysis of NCAA attendance data. Oregon was off by 1%.

Lamarcus Brutus relishing his breakthrough at FSU

Source: Tallahassee.com
When you get your first two career interceptions in games against a storied rival and in a conference championship, you deserve some time to shine.

Delving into Dalvin Cook's big game, FSU tried recruiting Oregon's Royce Freeman and more

Source: Orlando Sentinel
FSU was going to give Georgia Tech a steady dose of Dalvin Cook, Jimbo Fisher knew that much..

Oregon's video game-like offense presents physical, mental challenges for FSU

Source: Orlando Sentinel
TALLAHASSEE — Reggie Northrup is familiar with Oregon through video games..

Marcus Mariota reads Letterman's Top 10 list (Video)

Source: Yahoo Sports
Marcus Mariota can say he was the last Heisman winner to go on the Late Show with David Letterman after winning the award.

15 December

Dan Patrick gets lesson on how Mariota runs Oregon’s offense

Source: NBC Sports
In an attempt to get a sense of Mariota’s demeanor on the field, Patrick tried getting a sense for Mariota’s voice in the huddle. Patrick quickly remembered the Ducks rarely get in a huddle.

Jarrett Stidham, 5-star quarterback, decommits from Texas Tech, considering Baylor Bears, Oregon Ducks: Report

Source: OregonLive
According to ESPN's Gerry Hamilton, Oregon and Baylor are the two teams to beat, with the Bears receiving a visit from Stidham on Sunday.

Heisman Victory Makes Mariota Toast of the Town

Source: GoDucks.com
NEW YORK — The flurry of interviews, autographs and photo ops only picked up speed for Marcus Mariota on his six-day East Coast swing for the postseason awards tour that culminated in Saturday's presentation of the Heisman Trophy to Oregon's junior quarterback.

Who Was Heisman and Why Does He Have a Trophy?

Source: mentalfloss.com
... let’s answer a few questions about John Heisman and his famous award.

Heisman Trophy in good hands with Marcus Mariota

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
NEW YORK -- You can exhale now, America. This Heisman Trophy winner you can bring home to Mom.

Marcus Mariota's Heisman years in making, but not made up

Source: USA Today
Saturday night, "Joey Heisman" gave way to Marcus' Heisman. ... There's no direct line from that billboard, Joey Heisman taking Manhattan. But Mariota's Heisman is the result.

Oregon St. congratulates Mariota

Source: ESPN
They call the game between them the Civil War, but Oregon State put aside its dislike of its in-state rivals to congratulate Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota who won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night.

New York Post Creates Marcus Mariota 'Suck for the Duck' Campaign for Jets

Source: Bleacher Report
The New York Jets are only two years removed from using a second-round pick on quarterback Geno Smith, but it's not working out as planned.

Watch: De'Anthony Thomas returns punt 81 yards for touchdown

Source: OregonLive
De'Anthony Thomas made a house call Sunday morning, returning a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Kansas City's AFC West battle with the Oakland Raiders, giving KC a 7-0 lead.

Mariota brings integrity back to the Heisman Trophy

Source: CSNNW
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wasn't the only one with tears in his eyes Saturday night when he became the first ever player from the University of Oregon to win the Heisman Trophy.

As Oregon volleyball falls in Sweet 16, its rising stars emerge

Source: Daily Emerald
Just as it has been all season, the fourth set was Oregon’s achilles heel against North Carolina.

Mariota’s moment shared from NYC club to Eugene namesake

Source: Register Guard
There were a hundred places you could go to capture the moment, but I decided to spend Saturday night with the folks at Eugene’s Downtown Athletic Club, some of them unaware their favorite gym shares a name with the original home of the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City.

Mariota mania keeps rolling

Source: Register Guard
NEW YORK — They’re not just talking about Marcus Mariota at O’Hara Catholic School in Eugene. Saint Louis High in Honolulu isn’t the only place where kids want to be like Marcus.

Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston to meet in clash of Heisman winners

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will meet in the Rose Bowl, marking just the third time that the two most recent winners of the Heisman Trophy have squared off in the postseason..

FSU shifts focus to Oregon after surviving tumultuous regular season

Source: Orlando Sentinel
TALLAHASSEE — The mood was noticeably lighter as FSU players returned to the practice field..

Who's next? Heisman contenders for 2015

Source: Yahoo Sports
So who will be the leading candidates to win the Heisman Trophy in 2015? These days Heisman candidates are more likely to come from off the radar the way Johnny Manziel did in 2012, Cam Newton did in 2010 or Mark Ingram did in 2009.

14 December

College Football Clip Show: No. 2 Oregon’s Path to the Playoff

Source: Grantland
What 2013 was, injury-wise, for Georgia’s offensive skill players, 2014 has been for Oregon’s offensive line.

Marcus Mariota of Oregon selected as the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner

Source: Heisman.com
The victory for the 6'4", 219-pound Mariota represents the first winner from the University of Oregon and the first player born in Hawaii. Mariota is the 35th quarterback and the 17th Junior to receive the award.

 

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