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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.

PS:

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 7 seasons.

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 ...

22 October

Oregon deals with the quirks of a short week of practice

Source: Register Guard
“Today is a Wednesday,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said on Tuesday afternoon. “I’m so confused right now as to what day it is. Today is Wednesday from a football standpoint, and we’ll try to keep it as normal as possible.”

Anybody know what time it is?

Source: Register Guard
After three straight matches against ranked teams, the schedule offers little relief for No. 11 Oregon this week as it wraps up the first half of Pac-12 play.

Old man on the line

Source: Register Guard
When “The Pick” was shown at Autzen Stadium to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kenny Wheaton’s interception on Saturday, Hamani Stevens heard some teammates laughing. “They said ‘Oh yeah, how was it playing in that game?’,” Oregon’s senior left guard recalled. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich joked Tuesday that Stevens “was signed by Cas.”

Cal’s Goff aims to atone after last fall’s slip-up in Oregon

Source: sfgate.com
At least Jared Goff should be able to grip the ball this time against Oregon.

Cal coach Sonny Dykes rates Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota above Manziel

Source: Mercury News
BERKELEY -- Only one coach in the nation has faced both Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota, and Sonny Dykes says Mariota is the better player.

QB Curve: Clint Trickett, West Virginia’s Hair Raider

Source: Grantland
1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon. Seven games in, Mariota has multiple touchdown passes in every game and still – still! – hasn’t thrown an interception. (Last week: 1) 2. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State. 3. Jameis Winston, Florida State.

Ole Miss climbs to No. 1 in college football Power Rankings after Week 8

Source: SI.com
1) Ole Miss Rebels last week: 2. 2) Mississippi State Bulldogs last week: 1, 3) Florida State Seminoles last week: 3, 4) Oregon Ducks last week: 6

Week 9 Bowl Projections: Notre Dame still makes four-team playoff

Source: Sporting News
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State; Allstate Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State

Heisman Survey: Dak Prescott, Marcus Mariota sustain lead

Source: USA Today
1. QB Dak Prescott, Junior, Mississippi State: 22-8-0=82 2. QB Marcus Mariota, Junior, Oregon: 8-20-1=65 3. RB Melvin Gordon, Junior, Wisconsin: 0-0-15=15

College Football Computer Composite: Alabama makes point(s)

Source: USA Today
This week's composite has a noticeable gap between No. 5 Auburn and No. 6 Oregon, with Auburn's geometric mean ranking at less than 4 and Oregon's at more than 6. The Ducks and No. 7 Georgia each rose three spots, however.

Week 8 Pac-12 QB Power Rankings

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
1) Cody Kessler, USC, 2) Marcus Mariota, Oregon, 3) Mike Bercovici, Arizona State

Video: Best Of The One-Loss Teams

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
ESPN college football reporter Adam Rittenberg breaks down which one-loss college football team is the best of the lot. (HINT: Green and Yellow...)

The Oregon men trail No. 1 Colorado and the UO women remain No. 3 in college cross country

Source: USTFCCA.org
Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves: before defending their national title, the Buffaloes have to defend their Pac-12 title against No. 2 Oregon, who was the lone team to not quadruple Colorado’s score in Terre Haute this weekend.

Oregon Ducks' quarterback Ty Griffin compares brother, Taj Griffin, to De'Anthony Thomas (Q&A)

Source: OregonLive
You know that's high-praise in these parts, right? Yeah, I mean, I don't want to boost him all up, but I think he's going to be really good.

Hamani Stevens felt ankle injury against Washington was at first serious, then he found the humor

Source: OregonLive
"Yeah, the way it felt, at one time, I thought it was really serious," the redshirt senior said. "Usually how that happens is more of a severe injury, but it was just a bad ankle sprain. I'll still be able to play through it."

Take a Knee: Reggie Daniels says defense has a chip on their shoulder and is playing better because of it

Source: Daily Emerald
Reggie Daniels spoke with the Emerald after practice on Tuesday, discussing Oregon’s upcoming game against Cal at the new Levi’s Stadium and how they’re preparing for another strong-armed quarterback in Jared Goff.

Cal receiving corps takes hit heading into Oregon game

Source: CSNNW
The uphill battle for the California Golden Bears to forge has just become a little tougher as junior Trevor Davis will be out Friday following a brief hospitalization to treat a head injury.

Marcus Mariota, not Dak Prescott, is now the betting favorite for the Heisman

Source: Yahoo Sports
Bovada has Oregon QB Marcus Mariota listed this week as the favorite for the trophy at 3/2. Mariota's Ducks are No. 6 in the country. Prescott isn't too far behind. As his team is undefeated and No. 1, his odds are at 9/4. Last week, Mariota was listed as 3/1. Prescott's odds are unchanged.

21 October

Oregon Football Practice Report: Oct. 20

Source: GoDucks.com
Just two days after beating Washington, the Ducks were back in full pads to get ready for a Friday road game against California (7:15 p.m. PT, Fox Sports 1).

'It was the most fun I've had playing for the Oregon Ducks': Life As A Linebacker

Source: OregonLive
I've been in plenty of games where we totally blew teams out of the water, which is enjoyable, but I find it more rewarding when we come out victorious against a team that causes us adversity throughout an entire game.

Ducks’ run game revving up

Source: Register Guard
“We have plenty of talent,” (Byron) Marshall said. “All we have to do is execute.”

Monday reset: A look around the Pac-12

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
The delicious appetizer: Oregon vs. Cal (at Levi's Stadium) Game with the biggest College Football Playoff implications: USC at Utah Opposing directions bowl: Arizona State at Washington

A tiny dose of clarity for the Pac-12

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Saturday night, Oregon sent out a 45-point message that was unmistakably crystal clear: We’re still here.

Grantland Rice Super 16 poll: Michigan State jumped by Oregon, still at No. 8

Source: FootballFoundation.org
1) Miss St, 2) FSUU, 3) Ol' Miss, 4) Alabama, 5) Auburn, 6)Oregon, 7) Michigan St

New details of University of Oregon's drive to raise $2 billion in donations

Source: OregonLive
Much of the attention will focus on donors wealthy enough to give at least $1 million, he said. UO officials will work hard to figure out which fundraising priority -- scholarships for low-income Oregon students, making UO an international leader in volcanoes and geothermal energy or restoring the eminence of UO's genetics research, for example -- will excite each potential big donor.

Can Oregon's offensive momentum last?

Source: CSNNW
Oregon's coach Frost and Campbell as well as center Hroniss Grasu talked after Monday's practice about how the team's momentum has improved and what the Ducks need to do to this week in order to keep Cal's defense under wraps.

Marcus Mariota, Devon Allen team up to "Do Something"

Source: CSNNW
The campaign, Ducks Do Something. “It’s On Us” focuses on respect as a core value of our university community.

Oregon women’s golf finishes twelfth at Stanford

Source: Daily Emerald
Caroline Inglis recorded the lowest total score for the Ducks with a 218 (+5), which tied for 43rd in the tournament.

Mariota, Golson named Players of the Week

Source: SeniorBowl.com
(Marcus) Mariota has put up some impressive numbers in 2014: 132-of-188 passing, 70.2 completion percentage, 1,957 yards, 19 TDs, 0 interceptions, 289 rushing yards, 5 TDs.

Team chemistry and training helps Oregon color guard perform before 60,000 fans

Source: Daily Emerald
The first time Marissa Chizum held a flag was just hours before her first performance on the football field with the University of Oregon’s color guard.

Halfway into season, Marcus Mariota living up to offseason goals so well Ducks joke they want to clone him

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- They came to Marcus Mariota in the offseason with the plan.

In California, Oregon Ducks' challenge is defending 'lights out' QB: Oregon rundown

Source: OregonLive
If the Ducks want an in-depth scouting report on Goff's tendencies, they can ask redshirt freshman quarterback Morgan Mahalak, who was a year behind Goff at Marin Catholic just north of San Francisco.

Former NFL QB's Mentorship Has Oregon QB Commit Seth Green on Path to Success

Source: Bleacher Report
As he trotted on to the field for his first play as a high school quarterback, a combination of nerves and adrenaline took over Seth Green.

Cal receiver Trevor Davis released from hospital

Source: Yahoo Sports
Davis was removed from the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter Saturday against UCLA. The team says he was taken to the hospital for tests before being released around midnight Sunday.

Oregon-California Preview

Source: Yahoo Sports
Royce Freeman came to Oregon as one of the nation's top recruits, but expectations were tempered for his first season given the Ducks' depth at running back.

The Biggest Flaw With The New College Football Playoff Is Already A Huge Problem

Source: Yahoo Sports
Make no mistake, college football is better off with a 4-team playoff than the BCS system. But the NCAA did not go far enough.

20 October

Mac & Mose - Washington Review

Source: GoDucksdotcom
Oregon 45, Washington 20

Ducks working way back in

Source: Register Guard
After stumbling against Arizona, No. 6 Oregon is once again on the doorstep of a final four berth

The Ducks have regained the mojo they lost two weeks ago

Source: Seattle Times
If they win out, they’ll elbow their way to the playoff table among a lot of Southern-speaking people.

Heisman Trophy Apirants

Source: Heisman.com
Marcus Mariota: National leader in the following categories (as of Oct. 14): Passing Efficiency (193.72), Total QBR (89.6), TD:INT ratio (17:0)

The 4 Most Fan Engaging College Football Teams on Social Media

Source: sporttechie.com
Oregon We all recognize Oregon as the flashy school with next-level uniforms, and their social media accounts do not disappoint either.

Ducks Begin Quick Turnaround For Friday's Game at Cal

Source: GoDucks.com
Credit for Oregon’s strong two-game win streak since the loss to Arizona goes in part to what Helfrich called “a grittier edge” to practices the last two weeks. “I think it’s more of a mindset and an attitude, more than different drills or anything like that,” he added.

Four in, four out: Undeniable truths

Source: Sporting News
With half of the season remaining, we’re guaranteed at least two teams with losses in the College Football Playoff. (Oregon and Michigan St in four out.)

FOX Four: Oregon rejoins playoff, Alabama back in prime position

Source: Fox Sports
4) OREGON DUCKS (5.91) 5) ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (5.00) 6) AUBURN TIGERS (4.91) 7) MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (3.45)

Misery Index Week 8: Negativity in Norman

Source: USA Today
4) California, 9) Stanford

Herbstreit tweets out top four, familiar team back on his list

Source: 247 Sports
Herbstreit listed Mississippi State No. 1, Florida State second, Ole Miss third and the newcomer was Oregon at No. 4.

Power Poll: Does Alabama have best shot at one-loss playoff spot?

Source: CBS Sports
#9 (up from #11) Oregon. Fiesta: Oregon vs. Kansas State

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 8

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
1) Oregon, 2) Utah, 3) USC, 4) Arizona, 5) UCLA, 6) Arizona St

Mark Helfrich called his shot, and now Oregon Ducks have another shot at a playoff run

Source: OregonLive
Still, even being in the discussion is a far cry from where Oregon stood two weeks ago.

Canzano: Oregon Ducks climbing again, would selection committee take Michigan State over Oregon?

Source: OregonLive
Wrapping up Oregon's 45-20 whipping of Washington with some final thoughts...

Oregon hockey blows past Washington 7-2, sweeps I-5 Cup home games

Source: Daily Emerald
For the second night in a row, Oregon club hockey faced off against the Washington Huskies for game 2 of its annual I-5 Cup series.

Forde's Fab Four: Oregon in, 'Bama out in latest College Football Playoff bracket

Source: Yahoo Sports
No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 4 Oregon in the Sugar Bowl No. 2 Mississippi vs. No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl

19 October

College Football Total QBR - 2014 Season Leaders

Source: ESPN
1) Marcus Mariota, 2) Deshaun Watson (Clemson), 4) Blake Sims (Alabama), 4) Dak Prescott (Mississippi St)

Defense Swarms Huskies, Shuts Down Running Game

Source: GoDucks.com
Oregon wanted to stop the run and make UW throw it in Saturday's 45-20 win, and ended up allowing 48 yards by Washington running backs.

 

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