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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 ...

19 September

Oregon faces pass-happy offense at Washington St

Source: AP.org
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Oregon defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu says playing against pass-happy Washington State is not a hardship but an opportunity.

Is Royce Freeman Poised for a One-Thousand Yard Season for Oregon Ducks?

Source: SI.com
Oregon Running Back Royce Freeman is starting to make a name for himself.

The future of the WSU defense looked bright on Thursday

Source: Spokesman Review
After Washington State finished its final full practice before Saturday's game against Oregon the underclassmen had their Thursday Night Football scrimmage. The defense looked great. The offense, well, they had to do some up-downs.

Oregon defense: It ain’t broke

Source: Spokesman Review
Ducks’ Pellum has no reason to fix anything

The Fan Index Week 4 Top 10

Source: USA Today
1. Oregon (229,568 social mentions, 1,251 voting points)

No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars: Beware the passing attack in Pullman

Source: OregonLive
"If we'd thrown it 110 times we would have won. I mean it's pretty indisputable if we get that many plays then we're probably going to win." WSU coach Mike Leach on whether Connor Halliday's 89 pass attempts in last season's loss to Oregon was too many.

Washington State's aerial attack isn't the first challenge for Oregon Ducks corner Dior Mathis

Source: OregonLive
"It went from the week before I was one of the best DBs on the team to I can't even play," said Mathis, with a wry smile and a half-shrug. "People calling me 'Satan' and all that crazy stuff."

Oregon Ducks are harboring their own 'three-headed monster' on the baseball field

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- For all of the football talk of a three-headed monster in Oregon's backfield, the Oregon Ducks baseball team may have one of their own at backstop.

Mike Leach: "If we'd have thrown it 110 times we'd have won" last year vs. Ducks

Source: CSNNW
Washington State famously threw the ball 89 times against Oregon last season, setting an NCAA record.

Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi says Oregon is 'no better than us', thinks Spartans would win rematch

Source: mlive.com
“I take full responsibility for not stopping them in the second half,” Narduzzi said. “I felt like we probably weren’t in condition enough.

Gameday: Tom Osborne likes the way Pharaoh Brown has played, but there’s more for the tight ends group to improve

Source: Daily Emerald
For Oregon football, at least in recent memory, the tight end position has been one that has continually brought a high level of production to the offense.

Gameday Q&A: Johnathan Lloyd discusses his first touchdown reception at the collegiate level

Source: Daily Emerald
You’ve always been the passer setting up other players, now you’re on the receiving end. How does that feel? It’s different. Not really controlling the rock like that is definitely different. But I’m under one of the best point guards in the country. He makes it easy on me.

Gameday: Don Pellum brings swagger to promising Oregon defense

Source: Daily Emerald
Don Pellum entered this season with a lot riding on his shoulders.

Oregon-Washington State Preview Capsule

Source: AP.org
Oregon has won the past seven games in the series, dating to WSU's last victory in 2006

Oregon Football Practice Recap: Sept. 18

Source: GoDucks.com
The Ducks held their walk-through Thursday morning in Autzen Stadium, brushing up on the game plan for Saturday night at Washington State (7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN).

Ducks Partner with Intel on Football “Pocket Avatars”

Source: GoDucks.com
Keeping true to its reputation as a leader in innovation in college athletics, Oregon has partnered with Intel to produce an Oregon Football branded avatar

Torrodney Prevot, after putting Oregon Ducks teammates on notice, hopes to do same to opponents

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE — When last Saturday's sunny September morning at home began to feel out of place, and a bit too much like a rainy November day in Tucson, Torrodney Prevot stepped out of his normal place, too — and went right in front of his teammates.

Mac & Mose - WSU Preview

Source: GoDucksdotcom
Mac & Mose preview the Oregon Ducks taking on the Washington State Cougars.

18 September

Cougars receiver Isiah Myers adds discipline to game

Source: Spokesman Review
PULLMAN – There is nothing unusual about the fact that the current Pac-12 leader in receptions and receiving yards plays for Washington State – the Cougars have attempted more passes than any other team in the country.

Oregon, WSU coaches let bygones be bygones after Aliotti’s rant

Source: Register Guard
John Neal doesn't care if Connor Halliday throws the ball 100 times on Saturday ...

Ducks aren’t chicken about jinx

Source: Register Guard
Don’t look now, Oregon fans, but the Ducks are back on the SI cover

Ducks try to tighten defense

Source: Register Guard
Oregon is winning big but giving up big yardage this season

Panthers sign Lache Seastrunk to practice squad

Source: National Football Post
The Carolina Panthers have signed rookie running back Lache Seastrunk to their practice squad. Seastrunk is a Washington Redskins sixth-round draft pick.

Marcus Mariota remains atop HeismanPundit Straw Poll

Source: heismanpundit.com
Mariota captured six out of 10 possible first-place votes from the panel of Heisman voters to remain atop the survey for the second week in a row (and the third time in four weeks).

Did the loss to South Carolina hurt Gurley's Heisman chances?

Source: Athlon Sports
1) Marcus Mariota, 2) Todd Gurley, 3) Jameis Winston, 4) Kenny Hill

Offensive Line Play Could Doom Oregon and UCLA's Title Hopes

Source: Athlon Sports
Offensive line play is often overlooked when analyzing and predicting a college football season. Outside of quarterback play, the five players in the trenches are the most important position on offense.

UO's Pellum plants his feet on the field

Source: Portland Tribune
New Duck defensive coordinator focuses on creating depth

Ducks utilizing lots of youth in pass game

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
When Oregon wide receivers coach and passing coordinator Matt Lubick said earlier this fall that he could see the Ducks using six to eight receivers, people might've thought he was crazy.

Part of No. 2 Oregon's 'secret sauce' of success is its veteran scout team

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- When Wyoming lined up last week with only a tackle to the short side of the field -- a receiver or tight end having shifted to the formation's other edge -- Oregon outside linebacker Tyson Coleman knew what was coming.

Washington State's offense may be fun, but the Oregon Ducks are fine running theirs

Source: OregonLive
"...We enjoy what we play in. For us, we want to do what we have to do. And that's execute our offense."

Canzano: Marcus Mariota afraid of spiders? QB fields questions from Ducks fans

Source: OregonLive
I've interviewed Mariota regularly since he took over under center for the Ducks. I figured this week might be a good time to let fans talk with him.

Ducks defense out to keep WSU quarterback Connor Halliday in check

Source: CSNNW
EUGENE - If ever there were a team that played right into the hands of the No. 2 Oregon Ducks it's the Washington State Cougars' no-huddle, pass-'til-you-drop offense.

Talkin' Ducks: Injuries, versatility, and the Cougs

Source: CSNNW
There is an outbreak of injury bugs on the offensive line. How will the Ducks respond moving forward.

JaQuan Lyle Removed From Oregon Roster

Source: zagsblog.com
“Something in the admission process is where the hangup is,” one source said. “I wouldn’t expect him to be part of the team, at least for now.” Lyle, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Huntington (W.V.) Prep, later Tweeted, “I’m good, y’all! I promise, just wait!!”

2015 NFL Draft: Week Three Stock Report

Source: CBS Sports
Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Arik Armstead are planning to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, starting LT Jake Fisher (ranked as the No. 8 senior offensive tackle prospect ) suffered a sprained left knee on the Ducks’ opening drive last Saturday, but the injury isn’t considered season-ending.

Oregon Football Practice Recap: Sept. 17

Source: GoDucks.com
After earning extensive playing time against Wyoming last week, Matt Pierson is preparing as if he might start at tackle vs. WSU on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

Baseball Team Sorting Through Impressive Depth This Fall

Source: GoDucks.com
The Oregon baseball team has begun fall practices, when it will begin sorting through a deep group of position players prior to the 2015 season.

Fall Ball The Next Step in Irvin's Rehab

Source: GoDucks.com
The Oregon baseball team opened fall practice last week, just the latest in many steps along Cole Irvin's recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Cougars treating No. 2 Oregon like any other foe

Source: Yahoo Sports
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- No. 2 Oregon is as high profile as a team gets but Washington State linebacker Cyrus Coen says he sees the high-flying Ducks as just another ''faceless opponent.''

Everything’s There But the Fire

Source: mmqb.si.com
He scrambles like Kaepernick, sheds tacklers like Roethlisberger and throws with preternatural precision.

17 September

Mac & Mose - Wyoming Review

Source: GoDucksdotcom
Mac & Mose review the Wyoming game.

Pac-12 by the numbers: Week 4

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
•Oregon has scored at least 14 points in a national-best 68 straight games.

College Football Total QBR - 2014 Season Leaders

Source: ESPN
Mariota tops among Pac-12 at #5

Oregon women remain No. 2, UO men No. 3 in this week's college cross country rankings

Source: OregonLive
... unchanged from the last set of USTFCCCA rankings.

Oregon Ducks' game plan for Washington State's offense: Mix and match defenses and mess with Connor Halliday's head

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE — No. 2 Oregon's best bet at defending an offense as one-dimensional as Washington State's is to be anything but.

Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator Don Pellum on preparing for Washington State's pass-happy offense (video)

Source: OregonLive
Pelllum said the Ducks need to ratchet up the intensity and focus on tackling, throughout the defensive lineup.

Pac-12 releases 2015 Oregon football schedule

Source: Daily Emerald
The Ducks’ trip to Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix falls on a Thursday.

Ducks Roundtable: Offensive line injuries

Source: CSNNW
1. How much will the injuries at O-line derail the Ducks?

Helfrich taunts Mariota for S.I cover

Source: CSNNW
Teasing Mariota is the only way to go. And don't worry Duck fans, Helfrich isn't buying into the "cover curse" either.

Report: Dolphins work out LaMichael James

Source: CSNNW
With Knowshon Moreno being lost for the next month after suffering a dislocated elbow last week, the Miami Dolphins are looking for answers at running back.

Oregon-Washington St. Preview

Source: Yahoo Sports
Oregon's bid for a shot at the 2013 national championship was derailed by a pair of losses in its final visits to Pac-12 opponents.

Marcus Mariota holds as the betting Heisman favorite through three games

Source: Yahoo Sports
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is still at the top of the Heisman odds, but there are a couple of new faces right behind him.

Oregon Football Game Notes: Washington State

Source: GoDucks.com
•Oregon leads the all-time series with WSU, 46-38-7, including a 24-19-2 mark in Pullman. •The Ducks have won the last seven meetings by an average score of 52.4 to 20.3.

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