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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 is:
A -  tops over the last five years for wins against the "Power" conferences:

1) Oregon (48), 2) Alabama (45), 3) Stanford (44), 4) LSU, Oklahoma (40) and....

B - the only team in CFB to win 9+ games in each of the last 7 seasons.

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

 

Catch Up ...

1 September

Inside Read: Oregon-MSU takes on added importance; Coker's magic

Source: SI.com
HOUSTON – When No. 8 Michigan State travels to No. 3 Oregon on Saturday night, the blockbuster game will double as an intriguing harbinger for how teams are viewed through the prism of college football’s new postseason format.

Moment of proof

Source: RegisterGuard
Troy Hill earns his way back after a tumultuous finish to 2013

Between The Hashes Week 1: Stone Cold, Broccoli and one fast ballboy

Source: SI.com
Take a deep breath. Smile. Do a small fist pump. Drink a bubbly beverage. Celebrate however you wish because we finally made it. The Spartans' Shilique Calhoun went with an extra special celebration in MSU's 45-7 win over Jacksonville State on Friday.

Michigan State football: What we learned, what to watch for vs. Oregon

Source: Detroit Free Press
The Spartans are focused. The MSU defense is serious. The running game needs work.

Joe Rexrode: Michigan State's Connor Cook a leader, with or without official title

Source: Detroit Free Press
EAST LANSING — It’s OK to stop worrying about Connor Cook. And I’m not talking about his apparently bionic left knee, which stayed intact Friday after a hit that could have shredded it.

MSU defense makes emphatic statement in opener

Source: Lansing State Journal
EAST LANSING – Michigan State’s offense made the most noise in Friday’s season-opening 45-7 rout of Jacksonville State, which served as a tidy contrast to the events of last season’s first glimpse. The story was the defense, though.

Michigan State freshman Malik McDowell excited after college debut; expects to do better at Oregon

Source: mlive.com
EAST LANSING — Malik McDowell's grin stretched from ear to ear late Friday night as he recounted his debut as a Michigan State football player at Spartan Stadium.

Mark Dantonio tight-lipped about injuries heading into Oregon showdown

Source: mlive.com
EAST LANSING -- Will Michigan State be without its starting left guard or punt returner during its top 10 showdown against Oregon Saturday? Spartans coach Mark Dantonio isn’t saying.

Michigan State hopes uptempo Jacksonville State offense prepared them for Oregon

Source: mlive.com
EAST LANSING -- Jacksonville State’s offense may have only managed one touchdown and 22 rushing yards Friday night. But it still managed to teach the Spartans defense an important lesson: the importance of conditioning.

Opponent sneak peek: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 8 Michigan State

Source: OregonLive
Not since Michigan in 2003 and Oklahoma in 2006 has Oregon seen such a highly ranked non conference opponent come into Autzen Stadium.

Oregon Ducks' defensive effort and tackling lead areas of improvement for Don Pellum

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- It was not long before midnight on Saturday and Don Pellum's yellow boots -- covered in some kind of exotic animal skin -- tapped away on a wood floor as he cooly explained why he wasn't happy with Oregon's defense.

De'Anthony Thomas of Kansas City an NFL 'daredevil' who doesn't slow down

Source: OregonLive
It was gameday, and De'Anthony Thomas was ready to go.

Helmet stickers: Oregon-South Dakota

Source: ESPN
Marcus Mariota, Royce Freeman

Oregon gets opener out of the way for Michigan St

Source: AP.org
The No. 3 Ducks host the No. 8 Spartans on Saturday afternoon at Autzen Stadium. "Now you guys can talk about Michigan State," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich quipped following the 62-13 victory over the Missouri Valley's Coyotes.

Everything you might have missed from Oregon's season opener

Source: CSNNW
Marcus Mariota breaks/extends record; Byron Marshall is a weapon; Two top Ten teams meet Sept 6 in Autzen

No. 8 Michigan State prepares for No. 3 Oregon with much respect

Source: Daily Emerald
Despite some sloppy play, MSU coach Mark Dantonio told reporters Sunday that his team could take a lot from its performance.

Mark Helfrich addresses South Dakota game and looks forward to Michigan State

Source: Daily Emerald
The day following his team’s 62-13 win over South Dakota, Mark Helfrich addressed the media leading up to the marquee matchup between Oregon and Michigan State.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu talks about possible ankle injury

Source: CSNNW
In this post-game interview, Ekpre-Olomu addresses his ankle.

31 August

Column: 2014 Michigan State team can measure itself against last season's Spartans with Oregon result

Source: mlive.com
EAST LANSING — Are the 2014 Spartans better than the 2013 Michigan State football team? ... What comes next for Michigan State football is big, as in crossroads, ground-breaking big.

Comparing Oregon to Michigan State football with Ducks' beat writer Andrew Greif

Source: mlive.com
The Spartans will be leaving for Eugene, Ore., on Thursday -- a day earlier than normal -- to get acclimated.

Meet the 2014 – 2015 Oregon Ducks Cheerleaders [30 PHOTOS]

Source: coed.com
We’re always flying high on the Oregon Ducks cheerleaders, so we couldn’t be happier to finally get to see the full roster of the 2014-2015 cheerleaders.

Couch: At Oregon, judgement day comes early for MSU

Source: Lansing State Journal
EAST LANSING – Michigan State asked for this, and earned it. An opportunity to be on college football's national radar, to be held in esteem, and to have hope blend with expectations.

Reloaded Michigan State defense makes statement; No. 3 Oregon awaits

Source: Detroit Free Press
The story was the defense, though. It was the bigger uncertainty, it was supposed to be challenged by the Gamecocks, it flashed substantial amounts of athleticism, depth and communication on the field — and then, some swagger off it.

Oregon, Mariota crank out 62-13 win

Source: Yahoo Sports
EUGENE, Ore. -- Junior quarterback Marcus Mariota made an impressive opening statement as one of the frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy.

Coyote ugly in Autzen

Source: RegisterGuard
For starters, Marcus Mariota isn’t half bad.

Oregon volleyball rallies from early deficit to beat Illinois State in five

Source: Daily Emerald
Oregon volleyball remains undefeated on the season, winning their final game of the Oregon Invitational against Illinois State 3-2 within the friendly confines of Mathew Knight Arena Saturday afternoon.

Oregon Ducks' changes bring a similar result: A season-opening rout of South Dakota

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- The Oregon Ducks say they're always in search of change, and if there is any doubt of their intentions, they have the uniform combinations and roster turnover to prove it.

Oregon Ducks freshman Charles Nelson draws De'Anthony Thomas comparison from Marcus Mariota

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- Throughout the recruiting process, Oregon true freshman Charles Nelson was often classified as a generalized "athlete." After Saturday, a lot of people were comparing him to one of the best athletes in recent Oregon memory.

Oregon Ducks' Ifo Ekpre-Olomu injures ankle against South Dakota

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- Oregon All-American cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a vital part of the Ducks' gameplan any week let alone entering a showdown with No. 8 Michigan State on Sept. 6, declared himself "fine" after sitting out almost three quarters with a left ankle injury.

Don Pellum: first game as defensive coordinator

Source: CSNNW
After the 62-13 victory, Pellum talked about the differences between this year and last year.

Helfrich post-South Dakota

Source: CSNNW
Helfrich told Pac-12 networks before halftime that he was "as unhappy as you can be about a 41-13 lead."

Byron Marshall bounces back after touchback mishap

Source: Daily Emerald
Byron Marshall made the worst mental mistake of his football career on his first carry of the 2014 season.

Regardless of the coordinator, problems at defense persist leading up to Michigan State

Source: Daily Emerald
It was no secret that a blueprint was starting to be formed on how to beat Oregon and keep its offense – that is typically only on the field for two to three minutes at a time – off the field. ... Now after Pellum’s first game as a defensive coordinator against FCS opponent South Dakota, its evident those concerns are still aplenty heading into its game with No. 8 Michigan State.

Royce Freeman validates the hype in first game at Oregon

Source: Daily Emerald
The storm was eminent. Oregon freshman running back Royce Freeman spent the duration of his Saturday waiting. Just waiting for dusk to fall so he could play in his first collegiate football game.

Mariota leads Oregon past South Dakota 62-13

Source: AP.org
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Mariota wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the word "Success." It was a fitting wardrobe choice after this victory.

30 August

Roadrunners vs. wily Coyotes? Meep, meep!

Source: RegisterGuard
This one could get Coyote ugly.

Four Michigan State players suffer injuries against Jacksonville State

Source: mlive.com
EAST LANSING -- About the only negative of a resounding 45-7 Michigan State win over Jacksonville State were the players who had to be helped off the field.

Michigan State 'probably better' than last season, Jacksonville State coach says after Spartans' victory

Source: mlive.com
"I think they're probably better,'' said first-year Gamecocks coach John Grass, who along with his staff spent the offseason studying the Rose Bowl Spartans on tape. "I think they have a more athletic team out there now.''

Enjoy the ride

Source: Portland Tribune
UO's Marcus Mariota isn't listening to outside sources. He's only playing for his teammates and university

When the Oregon Ducks face South Dakota, it'll be a reunion for Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and high school teammate

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- Connections linking No. 3 Oregon and South Dakota are few and far between.

Devon Allen on professional track and field: 'It will be there next year if I want it to be. Or in 3 years'

Source: OregonLive
On coming to Oregon: The Oregon track coaches called me and were like 'Hey, we're going to offer you a scholarship to run track.' And I was like 'That's awesome. Oregon is one of my dream schools.' It gave me the opportunity to come up and visit.

Oregon's Jake Fisher ready for challenge of protecting Mariota's blindside

Source: CSNNW
EUGENE - The loss of left tackle Tyler Johnstone for the season with a knee injury caused the Oregon Ducks to do a little shuffling along the offensive line.

Marcus Mariota record watch 2014

Source: CSNNW
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is climbing up the career records charts in so many categories that he is literally rewriting the Ducks' record books.

Robinson and Daniels: a safety competition to be excited about

Source: CSNNW
EUGENE – Oregon safeties Tyree Robinson and Reggie Daniels are a part of an elite group on the Oregon Ducks football team. A group they call the "D-boys brotherhood.”

South Dakota is realistic about facing No. 3 Ducks

Source: AP.org
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — South Dakota coach Joe Glenn has no illusions about the Oregon team the Coyotes will face on Saturday night.

No. 3 Oregon vs. South Dakota: 5 things to watch

Source: OregonLive
RB carries? Don Pellum's new look? Devon Allen? Can South Dakota show up? Mariota's playing time.

Oregon Football Practice Report: Aug. 28

Source: GoDucks.com
Redshirt freshman Ian Wheeler found out this week that not only is he Oregon's starting punter Saturday against South Dakota, he's now on scholarship.

29 August

The Silent Type

Source: RegisterGuard
At one point last year, a wall inside the Skybox apartment complex became Thomas Tyner’s personal mural.

Doing it with defense: Michigan State relies on 'press quarters' for rise to national prominence

Source: mlive.com
EAST LANSING —Michigan State's defense has been in a league of its own the past three seasons, dominating the Big Ten in historic fashion.

Ducks hope to catch in bunches

Source: Portland Tribune
EUGENE — Most offenses — except maybe the ones at Washington State and Cal — seek balance in their attack, throwing passes to offset the run, or vice versa.

10 college football coaches poised to emerge as hot hires

Source: USA Today
2. Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State defensive coordinator: Had the coaching carousel been a little more active last year, Narduzzi could very well have been offered a big-time job following the Spartans' Rose Bowl victory.

Can PAC-12 overthrow SEC as top conference?

Source: SI.com
On Thursday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated college football writers Martin Rickman and Zac Ellis discuss if the SEC will be the strongest conference in the league and if the PAC-12 can step up this season.

Pac-12 bowl projections: Preseason

Source: ESPN Pac-12
College Football Playoff: Oregon, Fiesta: UCLA, Alamo: Stanford

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