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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 ...

1 October

The Quiet Genius

Source: Grantland
Mark Helfrich isn’t brash, or showy, or all that recognizable. He rarely gets the credit Chip Kelly got. He doesn’t want to be famous. But if Oregon keeps winning, he will be.

Fast start

Source: Register Guard
Speedy frosh WR Devon Allen leads UO with 299 yards, five TDs

RichRod helps fuel Heisman hype

Source: Register Guard
The Arizona coach praises Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota heading into Thursday’s game

Lockie relishing time behind Ducks' Mariota

Source: tucson.com
“I might have a biased opinion because Marcus is a very good friend of mine — we’re living together,” Lockie said. “But the thing I would tell media, fans is this: Everything they hear about him — his demeanor, his kindness, his leadership — is better than they think.

UA football: Wright's goal: 'Go get the ball'

Source: tucson.com
Where would this defense be without Scooby Wright?

Doug Haller's Week 5 Pac-12 football power rankings

Source: azcentral.com
1) Oregon, 5) Arizona

Alabama’s Bovada title odds shorten; Mariota, Gurley Heisman faves

Source: NBC Sports
Among those with shorter odds than a week are Oregon (8/1, up from 9/1), UCLA (12/1, up from 18/1) and Baylor (14/1, up from 18/1).

Marcus Mariota leads HeismanPundit’s Straw Poll for fourth week in a row

Source: HeismanPundit.com
The Ducks quarterback received seven out of 10 first-place votes from the weekly panel, which consists of Heisman voters from around the country.

Oregon Ducks lineman Hamani Stevens wants to atone for 'embarrassing' WSU performance

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- Though he admits allowing seven sacks against Washington State was "embarrassing" for Oregon's offensive line, starting left guard Hamani Stevens still contends the unit is ready for a bounce-back game.

Thomas Tyner looking to turn a corner as Oregon Ducks prepare for Arizona

Source: OregonLive
"I feel like I've been all right," Tyner said. "I'm just not where I want to be. I don't know. It's just that I have a lot of improvements to make. I feel like I have a lot of room to improve."

Elijah Holyfield, son of boxing champ Evander Holyfield, receives offer from Oregon Ducks

Source: OregonLive
In their search for the next star in a long line of successful running backs, the Oregon Ducks have turned to an athlete who is hoping to join the list of athletes who go on to eclipse the fame of their fathers.

Marcus Mariota Heisman Trophy watch: Arizona week

Source: CSNNW
EUGENE - Several Heisman Trophy candidates, including Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, had the week off. Those who did play certainly helped their cause. But Mariota remains the front-runner on this list.

Kelly Graves brings new energy to women’s basketball

Source: Daily Emerald
Drill by drill, lay-up by lay-up and dribble by dribble, changes are taking place in the way the Oregon women’s basketball team operates day-to-day.

Dolphins sign RB/return specialist LaMichael James, according to agent

Source: Sun-Sentinel
With James in the fold, the Dolphins now have five running backs on the roster.

Heisman debate: Marcus Mariota vs. Todd Gurley

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
This week, Pac-12 reporter Chantel Jennings and SEC reporter Edward Aschoff engage in a friendly (-ish) debate regarding the two players

Report: Scouts like Mariota as top overall draft pick

Source: NFL.com
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is widely-regarded as one of the top NFL prospects in the college game, but the way Sports Illustrated hears it, the Ducks star is on even more solid footing than that.

Ducks Clip USC in Playoff to Claim Itani Homes Title

No. 25 Oregon defeated USC on the first playoff hole to win the Itani Homes Collegiate on a blustery Tuesday at the par-70, 7,247 Palouse Ridge Golf Club.

Oregon Football Practice Recap: Sept. 30

Source: GoDucks.com
For the football program, the quarter system’s late start is hugely beneficial.

Could Ducks have revenge in mind against Arizona?

Yahoo Sports
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Things got ugly for the Oregon Ducks very quickly the last time they played Arizona.

Oregon wearing black and pink jerseys Thursday (Photo)

Source: Yahoo Sports
Oregon won't be wearing pink helmets Thursday night against Arizona but the Ducks will still have pink accents to support women's cancer awareness.

30 September

Hansen: Ridiculous Mariota no laughing matter for defenses

Source: tucson.com
The Pac-12 has never had a quarterback with Mariota’s dimensions, athleticism and instincts. OK, never is a bad word. Let’s say maybe Andrew Luck of Stanford is in the same conversation.

Nelson continues to impress coaches

Source: Register Guard
Don Pellum says he would love to have the explosive freshman on defense

‘Dirty work’ suits him best

Source: Register Guard
Alex Balducci occupies blockers as Oregon’s nose guard, freeing his teammates to make tackles

Up to the challenge

Source: Register Guard
Senior Shaun Chase is one of five catchers on Oregon’s roster

Film won’t hide Ducks’ flaws on D

Source: Register Guard
Four football games, the stat people will say, doesn’t represent a sample size large enough to warrant a conclusion.

Arizona receiver Samajie Grant expected to return vs. Oregon

Source: azcentral.com
Grant's best asset — according to coach Rich Rodriguez — is his ability to play all four receiver spots for the Wildcats.

Heisman watch: Week 5 review

Source: SI.com
1. Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon 2. Todd Gurley, RB Georgia 3. Kenny Hill, QB Texas A&M 4. Amari Cooper, WR Alabama 5. Brett Hundley, QB UCLA

The HP Heisman Watch, week 5

Source: HeismanPundit.com
1. Marcus Mariota, JR, QB, Oregon. He has the spotlight to himself on Thursday when the Ducks will try to exact revenge for last year’s loss to Arizona, so it’s a good opportunity to bolster his status as the front runner in this race.

Ducks need more than wisdom to slow Solomon, Arizona offense

Source: Portland Tribune
EUGENE — Offensively, the Arizona Wildcats and coach/spread offense guru Rich Rodriguez look similar to the Oregon Ducks. Especially with UA's new quarterback, Anu Solomon ...

Heisman odds – Two candidates crack list of favorites

Source: Sporting News
Here are our new Heisman odds, updated after Week 5 college football action. 1. Marcus Mariota (Oregon QB, 3/1).

Starting 11: The Calm Before the College Football Storm

Source: Fox Sports
10. I still think UCLA will in the Pac-12 South and Oregon will win the Pac-12 North.

Seven teams separate themselves in Computer Composite

Source: USA Today
The five former BCS computers that combine to make the CFCC see a clear break between Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, Auburn, Oklahoma, UCLA and Texas A&M — in that order — and the rest of the FBS.

Heisman Survey: Todd Gurley gains ground on Marcus Mariota

Source: USA Today
Marcus Mariota only one listed on all 30 ballots.

Warning: Bold Week 6 Pac-12 declarations

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Oregon's visit to UCLA on Oct. 11 will be what we thought it would be in August

Charles Nelson might be creeping into the Oregon Ducks' defense

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- The not-so-subtle secret of the Oregon Ducks' defense is that secondary coach John Neal would love to have freshman Charles Nelson on his side of the ball.

Getting quarterback Marcus Mariota moving keeps Oregon Ducks' offense humming

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- In the face of Washington State's hard charging pass rush nine days ago, Oregon came up with an answer at halftime. Run.

Oregon Ducks opponent quick look: Arizona Wildcats

Source: CSNNW
Redshirt freshman quarterback Anu Solomon is just what Rodriguez has been looking for. Rivals.com rated the 2013 four-star recruit as the second-best dual-threat quarterback in the country.

Oregon Ducks' defense must show improvement versus dangerous Arizona

Source: CSNNW
EUGENE - It's easy to forget while perusing Oregon's defensive statistics that the Oregon Ducks are undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country. Numerically speaking, Oregon has one of the worst defenses in the country, ranked 100th in yards allowed per game.

Revenge doesn't motivate Oregon Ducks, but their unforced errors against Arizona last year do: Oregon rundown

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- There is a sense that if it were up to the Oregon Ducks, the video of last November's unexpected loss at Arizona wouldn't have made the flight home.

Oregon Ducks to get visit from pair of 5-star defensive teammates

Source: OregonLive
California powerhouse Junipero Serra High School has produced its fair share of talented college football players, so it's no surprise to see a few more big-time recruits on the roster this season.

Photos: Oregon Unveils New Pink Cleats, Presumably For Next Week’s Game vs. Arizona

Source: College Spun
Oregon has also released a photo of pink gloves and announced that there will be a “full reveal” coming (today).

Kirk Herbstreit Gives Michigan State More Credit For Losing At Oregon Than Baylor For Being 3-0

Source: College Spun
The Big Ten may have a tough path to the College Football Playoff, but if one team still has a case, it is Michigan State

New faces at quarterback and running back for Arizona to test Oregon defense

Source: Daily Emerald
In spite of all the shortcomings Oregon’s defense has been exposed to through its first four games, the team remains untarnished and 4-0.

Arizona-Oregon Preview

Source: Yahoo Sports
Oregon breezed through its non-conference schedule with relative ease before opening Pac-12 play with more resistance. The Ducks would prefer some breathing room versus Arizona after being upset by the Wildcats last season.

Ducks Fire 16-Under Afternoon to Take Lead at WSU

Source: GoDucks.com
Oregon roared to a course record 16-under 264 in the afternoon round to take a two shot lead.

Oregon Football Practice Recap: Sept. 29

Source: GoDucks.com
The start of school also meant another round of walk-on tryouts after practice, one of a handful of times a year the program invites potential practice players to show their stuff. Candidates ran the 40-yard dash, and then split off to run through position drills.

29 September

Ducks find balance by committee

Source: Register Guard
Oregon ranks third in the Pac-12 in rushing despite not having a 100-yard performer through four weeks

Wildcats, Ducks still remember last year's stunner

Source: tucson.com
They poured out from the stands, delirious from the improbable outcome they’d just seen.

UA football: Pair of defensive players leave team

Source: tucson.com
The Arizona Wildcats got a little thinner on defense this weekend.

UA football: QB Solomon looking to start faster

Source: tucson.com
When Arizona quarterbacks coach Rod Smith was asked how Anu Solomon played in the first half against California two weeks ago, he spelled out exactly what he thought.

Four In, Four Out: FSU in playoff picture after surviving NC State

Source: Sporting News
Even talent can’t overcome entitlement. We saw it with Florida in 2009 and Alabama in 2010, and we’re seeing the early stages of it with FSU this fall. ( 1 - Oregon)

Big Picture: SEC West easily No. 1 in ranking of nation's best divisions

Source: Fox Sports
2. Pac-12 North: Undefeated Oregon, led by Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota, has one of the best wins of this season in handling Michigan State and looks to be the class of the West Coast. 3) Pac-12 South, 6) SEC East

Jerry Palm's Playoff Projection

Source: CBS Sports
1) Alabama, 2) Florida St, 3) Oklahoma, 4) Oregon

Power Poll: Oregon up to No. 1; Georgia, USC take big tumbles

Source: CBS Sports
As a circus act, Marcus Mariota is entertaining as hell. As a franchise quarterback, he might want to listen to Casey Kasem: "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

Bowl projections: Preliminaries over, time to find out who is for real

Source: CBS Sports
Oregon's banged-up offensive line will get tested too, though fortunately for them, mostly at home.

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