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(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.



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.


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 ...

30 October

Cheserek, Ducks looking for history Friday at Pac-12 meet

Source: Register Guard
Edward Cheserek is headed back to the race where his winning streak began a year ago. The Oregon men would like to start a similar streak themselves on Friday.

Frost plenty familiar with rival Stanford

Source: Register Guard
Oregon’s offensive coordinator played with Cardinal coach David Shaw in college

UO specialists coming into their own

Source: Register Guard
There was not a late tap on the shoulder pad this time.

Wilner: Stanford win on Saturday could end Oregon's playoff hopes

Source: San Jose Mercury News
The first Saturday in November brings one of the most anticipated games of the Pac-12 season, a prime-time showdown matching teams that are fresh off big wins and packing lofty postseason goals. Also on the schedule: Stanford at Oregon.

Miss. State retakes No. 1 in college football Power Rankings after Week 9

1) Miss St., 2) Florida St., 3) Oregon, 4) Auburn, 5) Michigan St

Bowl Projections: Who is bound for playoff, other bowls after Week 9?

Florida St vs. Oregon; Miss. St vs. TCU

Inside Read: Vague Playoff criteria will cause controversy, Mariota too nice?

1. Is Oregon’s Mariota too nice to succeed in NFL? 3. Oregon has plenty of motivation entering Stanford game

College Football Playoff - After Week 9

Source: CBS Sports
Ol' Miss / Alabama / Michigan St / Florida St

Stanford has blueprint to beat Oregon

Source: ESPN
Stanford appears to have found the formula for success, holding Oregon to two of its three lowest-scoring outputs since the start of the 2012 season.

Week 10 Picks: Stanford-Oregon

Source: ESPN
Trevor Matich and Todd McShay make their picks between Oregon looking to get some revenge and Stanford trying to save its season with a big road win. (Hint: Oregon)

Pac-12 playoff tracker: Oct. 29

Source: ESPNJ Pac-12 Blog
So keeping in mind every team's playoff outlook is very much a fluid situation, here's a look at the Pac-12 teams still in playoff contention.

Expected returns by Oregon Ducks' Matt Wogan, Arik Armstead for Stanford come in key areas

Source: OregonLive
The returns of kicker Matt Wogan, who wouldn't discuss why he did not travel, and defensive end Arik Armstead, who injured an ankle Oct. 2 against Arizona, could solidify two important units for the Ducks in Saturday's 4:30 p.m. kick against the Cardinal.

Oregon Ducks recruiting: Big-time prospects preview official visits; Two-sport star may commit soon

Source: OregonLive
The Oregon Ducks will have one of the best official visitor lists in the history of the school when Stanford comes to town this weekend.

Dana Altman takes a look back before moving forward with Oregon Ducks men's basketball program

Source: OregonLive
Altman was making his first public comments since May 9, and speaking in front of a room of non-local media. So when Altman and Young took to the podium, the room silenced as many waited for the proverbial hammer to drop.

Vegas pegs Mariota as its Heisman wagering favorite

Source: CSNNW
According to the wagering website, Oregon’sMarcus Mariota is a prohibitive 4/5 favorite to claim the 2014 version of the most prestigious award in college sports.

Seahawks sign Will Tukuafu, promote L.J. Fort from practice squad

Source:NBC Sports
Carroll said that (fullback) Tukuafu could also see time on the defensive line, which is where he played in college and at points during his tenure with the 49ers.

Stanford trying to upend No. 5 Oregon a new way

Source: Yahoo Sports
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Sick of losing and on the verge of irrelevance in the Pac-12 race, David Shaw did what some thought he never would.

Pac-12 in the hunt for playoff spot

Source: Yahoo Sports
What works in the Ducks' favor is that the SEC teams will spend the next month playing each other.

Ducks looking to reverse recent history

Source: Statesman Journal
EUGENE – Oregon coach Mark Helfrich knows what the talking points are going to be this week with Stanford visiting Autzen Stadium on Saturday.

Marcus Mariota's legacy at stake - sort of

Source: CSNNW
A cloud hangs over the career of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. It's not exactly ominous or even dramatically dark and threatening. It just hovers like a patch of cloudy sky on an otherwise sunny day.

How Oregon's depth chart has changed entering Stanford: Oregon rundown

Source: OregonLive
In what could be read as a matchup-driven choice, physical run-stopping middle linebacker Joe Walker is the new listed starter ahead of Derrick Malone this week.

Scout: I don't know if Oregon's Marcus Mariota is alpha male

It's the job of NFL scouts, and by extension, the general managers that oversee them, to find flaws in college prospects.

Best freshman RB: Royce Freeman or Leonard Fournette?

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Oregon freshman Royce Freeman (748 yards, 5.5 yards per carry, 13 rushing touchdowns) and LSU freshman Leonard Fournette (657 yards, 5.0 yards per carry, 7 rushing touchdowns) first made their names known on the recruiting scene, and they’ve been able to back up their hype at the college level with just half a season under their belts.

29 October

Oregon Football Practice Report: Oct. 29

The Ducks were in full pads for the second time this week Wednesday, and Hroniss Grasu liked the way the offensive line was firing off the line at the snap.

Oregon Football Practice Report: Oct. 28

Oregon's defense begins gearing up for the physical Stanford offense -- and whatever tweaks the Cardinal might employ -- with a practice in full pads Tuesday.

Stanford’s ‘O’ trying to catch up to its ‘D’

Source: Register Guard
Stanford’s offense, and quarterback Kevin Hogan in particular, has come under fire this season while the Cardinal lost three games and dropped out of the national rankings.

Pac-12 name giving Utes some depth

Source: Register Guard
Kyle Whittingham saw some deficiencies at Utah when it made the jump to the Pac-12 in 2011 but the move helped the Utes fill those gaps.

Ducks are on the doorstep

Source: Register Guard
“Oregon is in a position at this point to win out and be in the first College Football Playoff,” Pac-12 Networks analyst Rick Neuheisel said.

Will the spirit move the IAAF’s leaders?

Source: Register Guard
Some of the most powerful men in track and field passed through Eugene this week and, for a few minutes Monday afternoon, sat behind microphones at Matthew Knight Arena.

Safety Hoffpauir to miss Stanford’s game at Oregon

Source: SFGate
Already missing one starting defensive lineman, Aziz Shittu, and possibly another, David Parry, the Cardinal will be without starting free safety/nickel back Zach Hoffpauir on Saturday.

Wilner: Stanford win on Saturday could end Oregon's playoff hopes

Source: San Jose Mercury News
Despite three losses overall, the unranked Cardinal controls its own destiny in the division: Run the table, and it will play for the conference title and a berth in a major bowl.

Stanford will face No. 5 Oregon short-handed

Source: San Jose Mercury News
Cardinal safety Zach Hoffpauir won't play because of an undisclosed injury suffered in the win over Oregon State, while nose tackle David Parry could miss his second consecutive game with a leg injury.

Heisman Watch: Marcus Mariota creates separation in Heisman race

There’s nothing wrong with midseason Heisman predictions. It’s always fun to guess who might sneak into the conversation.

This would be the biggest sports event ever in Oregon

Source: Portland Tribune
EUGENE — I'm not sure if the bid by "Track Town USA" to play host to the 2019 world track and field championships will be accepted by the International Association of Athletics Federations. But I know Eugene's bid itself was a winner.

Irresistable UO offense meets immovable Stanford defense

Source: Portland Tribune
A marquee matchup, Oregon versus Stanford, boils down to the Marcus Mariota-led UO offense against the Pac-12’s best defense.

Oregon's potential trap vs. Stanford & Week 10's top five games

Source: Fox Sports
We're watching because... the matchup of the year in the Pac-12 now has Stanford playing the role of spoiler.

SEC dominates rankings now, but it might all change come December

Source: CBS Sports
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- It's all going to work out. Maybe not the way you want it to. Not the way it "should," perhaps.

Ranking Reaction: One-loss teams defined by opponents

Source: USA Today
 ... consider this: Wouldn't Michigan State be third, behind only Mississippi State and Florida State, had it scheduled an easy win instead of Oregon on Sept. 6?

QB Curve: Stanford Needs Stagnant Kevin Hogan to Take the Next Step

Source: Grantland
This weekend, Hogan returns to Oregon as essentially the same quarterback who pulled the rug from beneath the Ducks two years ago, but under a very different set of assumptions.

Colleges’ Shift on Four-Year Scholarships Reflects Players’ Growing Power

Source: NY Times
Jim Delany, the (Big Ten)’s commissioner, said, “To make a four-year commitment and give student-athletes the security, it’s the right thing to do.”

Mississippi State Leads College Football Playoff Committee’s First Rankings

Source: NY Times
In an interview on ESPN minutes after the rankings were released, Jeff Long, the committee’s chairman and Arkansas’s athletic director, stressed that the members looked at teams’ complete body of work.

How to move up in the CFP Rankings

Source: ESPN (Brad Edwards)
... a few other things jumped out to me that might give us some insight to the selection committee’s deliberations and could be a sign of things to expect in future weeks.

Playoff breakdown: If the games were today

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
That’s right, the committee just delivered Egg Bowl II and a rematch of the 2013 national championship. The Sugar Bowl looks like the perfect spot for the state championship, and why not have FSU and Auburn return to the scene of what was an instant classic to end the BCS era?

Play of the Week winner: Charles Nelson

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
For the second week in a row, the Ducks have taken the top spot in the Pac-12 blog's Play of the Week.

Oregon Ducks football players wear wristbands as symbols of motivation bigger than College Football Playoff

Source: OregonLive
Want to find the motivation behind some Ducks' 2014 season? Look down at their wristbands and ask about names that adorn them: David Quessenberry and Alex Lam.

College Football Playoff rankings: What they're saying about Oregon Ducks and the top 4

Source: OregonLive
Again, much football to be played. But here's a look at what writers and analysts from around the country are saying after the release of these initial rankings ...

Dillon Mitchell, Class of 2016 two-sport star, may soon choose Oregon Ducks over SEC options

Source: OregonLive
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver may be among the hottest recruits in the country in the junior class, having recently received offers from Alabama and Auburn with an Oregon offer reportedly on the way.

Canzano: Quick thoughts on College Football Playoff Committee poll

Source: OregonLive
Alabama sports radio shows won, as there is sure to be a lot of discussion about Alabama being behind Oregon.

Ducks Vegas odds improve following committee ranking

Source: Daily Emerald
The Oregon Ducks moved up slightly from 15/2 odds to 7/1 favorites.

College football playoff rankings: Oregon not among top four

Source: Daily Emerald
The Oregon football team is currently sitting outside the inaugural college football playoffs after receiving a No. 5 ranking in the first round of playoff rankings.

Oregon football maintains ‘one game at a time’ mentality heading into Stanford game

Source: Daily Emerald
A lot will be riding on Oregon’s upcoming matchup with Stanford.

The College Football Playoff Rankings

Source: CFB Playoff Committee
1) Mississippi State 7-0 2) Florida State 7-0 3) Auburn 6-1 4) Mississippi 7-1 5) Oregon 7-1 6) Alabama 7-1

28 October

Forde-Yard Dash: Campaigning for and against each one-loss contender

Source: Yahoo Sports
Hello, College Football Playoff selection committee. Today is your day. After many months of us talking, it’s time to start doing. Time to reveal your first rankings, tonight on ESPN.

Young receivers get Lowe as a mentor

Source: Register Guard
The injured receiver has been an invaluable help to the new players

Ducks try to loosen up a little

Source: Register Guard
Win the day? Despite the slogan, it turns out one game on the 2013 schedule was actually circled in Cardinal red throughout the season. And not just by Duck fans and the media.


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