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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 ...

25 October

Devil of a day for UO

Source: Register Guard
Arizona State’s blocking proves too much for Oregon in a five-set Pac-12 volleyball victory

Mr. Versatility shows up once again

Source: Register Guard
Marshall grew up about five miles away in San Jose and was a U.S. Army All-American out of Valley Christian High School, where he ran for 3,309 yards and 46 touchdowns during his final three seasons.

Team Joe Young looks like Oregon’s only Pac-12 hope

Source: Register Guard
SAN FRANCISCO — Joseph Young is saying the things the leader of a basketball team should say.

Friday night shootout a precursor for a December title game

Source: Register Guard
Come Tuesday, the playoff selection committee — now 12 members instead of 13, a true jury of the people — will release its first set of rankings.

What a gold rush

Source: Register Guard
The Ducks are going to be tough to beat as long as Mariota continues to play at this level.

Ducks have plenty of offense -- but what about the D?

Source: Portland Tribune
Oregon, which got its first look at the NFL's Taj Mahal in a 59-41 victory over California Saturday night, would like a return visit.

Cal no match for Oregon in 100-point shootout

Cal and Oregon figured to put up lots of points Friday night. But they beat even those expectations in the sixth-ranked Ducks’ 59-41 victory over the Bears.

Oregon shows that style counts for nothing without substance

Source: SF Examiner
The Ducks offer a snazzy standard for 21st-century college football, from their flamboyant uniforms to their high-powered offense to their legion of fans.

Cal Bears lose shootout with No. 6 Oregon Ducks

Source: Mercury News
"They've got a couple speeds -- their NASCAR super-fast speed and their normal tempo speed," Cal safety Stephen McClure said. "We just couldn't get off the field on third down."

Instant Analysis: Oregon 59, Cal 41

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
How the game was won: Oregon scored and scored and scored. Then it kept scoring.

Oregon makes its case as the class of the Pac-12, but bigger questions remain

Source: OregonLive
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Four days before the College Football Playoff's selection committee pulls back its curtain and unveils its first ranking, the Oregon Ducks presented a convincing case as the Pac-12's best team under Friday night's lights here.

Minutes from home, Byron Marshall shows how far he's come in Oregon Ducks win over California Bears

Source: OregonLive
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The distance from Valley Christian High School to Levi's Stadium is just a cruise up the freeway. Hop on Highway 87-North and merge onto U.S. 101 for a few miles.

Canzano: Oregon Ducks know style points count, but can they still find signature moment?

Source: OregonLive
Five major conference champions ... plus possibly Notre Dame, plus the SEC's runner-up. This is going to be a beauty pageant. We all know it.

Round up: UO beats Cal, Mariota breaks record

Source: CSNNW
Oregon took care of the Cal Bears, 59-41, in Levi's Stadium. The Duck's offense continued to shine and Marcus Mariota broke Oregon's all time career passing record with 8,625 yards.

Acting as the workhorse, Royce Freeman provides what is turning into annual script

Source: Daily Emerald
“He comes to work every day, he works hard,” (Byron) Marshall said. “He’s just out there getting better and when it comes game time he just want to be special. He is.”

Marcus Mariota doesn’t let the moment get too big for him at Levi’s Stadium

Source: Daily Emerald
“Marcus is such a stud and it’s great that he has another year and a half left,” Helfrich said with a serious demeanor. The contingent of media personnel in the press conference at Levi’s Stadium let out a collective chuckle.

Mariota throws 5 TD passes, No. 6 Oregon beats Cal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw a rare interception — his first since the Oregon State game last season — on a pass that was deflected twice. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich could only smile.

Ducks Ranked Third in Recent GCAA Poll

Oregon jumped 11 spots to No. 3, including five first-place votes

Are Oregon Ducks' cool uniforms and image seducing everyone, even pollsters?

Source: OregonLive (David Jones,
Well, Q-rating and image consciousness always shifts and morphs over time. And in today's college football landscape, no brand is stronger or more distinctive than Oregon's.

Marcus Mariota throws for five touchdowns as Oregon beats Cal

Source: Yahoo Sports
Mariota now has 24 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns this season through Oregon's first eight games. It's his second five-touchdown game of the season.

24 October

Early Growth Could Help UO Outplay Preseason Projection

The Oregon men's basketball team was tabbed to finish eighth in the Pac-12 by coaches at the conference's media day on Thursday.

Oregon Football Practice Report: Oct. 23

Oregon wrapped up its preparations for Friday's game vs. Cal at Levi's Stadium (7:15 p.m. PT, Fox Sports 1), featuring a QB pipeline from the same high school.

Mac & Mose - Cal Preview

Source: GoDucksdotcom
(VIDEO) This may be closer than most expect. Cal offense against Oregon's defense may be the key.

NFL Draft Watch: (Shaun) King says Winston is '10 times' the prospect Mariota is

Source: Yahoo Sports
King is careful not to make too deep a character assessment on either player but says you can tell a lot about their personalities based on the way they play.

Oregon, Cal set to go in high scoring matchup

Source: Register Guard
Oregon’s Heisman Trophy candidate is ranked as the No. 1 professional prospect by ESPN draft savant Mel Kiper Jr.

Challenge accepted: Ducks face a building season

Source: Register Guard
SAN FRANCISCO — Not since Dana Altman’s first year at Oregon have the outside expectations been lower than this season.

Bears try not to get pantsed by Ducks at Levi’s

Cal has lost two in a row — and five straight to Oregon (giving up 114 points in the past two seasons).

Cal QB Jared Goff remembers Oregon nightmare

Source: Mercury News
SANTA CLARA -- The setting will be merely a subplot when Cal faces No. 6 Oregon on Friday night in the first college football game at Levi's Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers eye College Football Playoff title game

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
If things work out the way the San Francisco 49ers are hoping, Friday’s game at Levi’s Stadium between Cal and Oregon will be the first of many college football games to take place at the new venue.

Washington State coach Ernie Kent spent 4 years in hibernation, now ready to 'come out and eat'

Source: OregonLive
"I've been asked this question a lot, 'What's it like to be back in coaching?'" Kent began. "Number one, any coach that has coached 30-plus years needs a sabbatical. ...Unfortunately in our profession, you don't get an opportunity to do that. ... "

Joseph Young adapts to role as leader and face of Oregon Ducks men's basketball team

Source: OregonLive
SAN FRANCISCO — A couple Sundays ago, Joseph Young and his Oregon basketball teammates were assigned a chemistry project.

'The SEC now is about to implode': FOX Sports' Tim Brando talks rankings, Oregon Ducks and Pac-12 perception in Q&A

Source: OregonLive
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Friday night marks the first time calling an Oregon game this season for veteran broadcaster Tim Brando ... " ... This program has been trending for well over 25 years."

Newcomer’s knee issue stretches Oregon’s thin rotation even further

Source: NBC Sports
With freshmen JaQuan Lyle and Ray Kasongo not being admitted into school, Oregon head coach Danal Altman has some depth issues to address in the weeks leading up to the team’s first game of the season on November 14.

Gameday: Humble yet motivated, Tyrell Crosby plays with something to prove every step of the way

Source: Daily Emerald
There is one image that continues to stick in Brian Castro’s mind.

Berg: Fox Sports’ ‘Super Mariota’ tribute is a great gesture, but something’s off

Source: Daily Emerald
He’s also super-white. Like, vaguely albino white. White with a capital “W.” Mariota’s avatar isn’t even close to the genuine element.

Pac-12 Media Day: Oregon men’s basketball looking to remain positive heading into the season

Source: Daily Emerald
A lot has changed for the Oregon men’s basketball team since playing Wisconsin in round two of the NCAA tournament last year.

Oregon-California Preview Capsule

WHAT'S AT STAKE The Ducks need a win to remain in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 North and remain in contention for a possible spot in the four-team playoff.

No. 6 Oregon looks to extend streak against Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Mariota hasn't given much thought to being part of the first college football game played at Levi's Stadium. It's probably because the Oregon quarterback plans to return to the $1.3 billion facility in another six weeks.

Marcus Mariota Can Save the Heisman Trophy

Source: Bleacher Report
Nobody is perfect. A ... It's a two-way street. But we can't afford another phony. Not now.

Have you heard the story of Royce Freeman?

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Like most people in Imperial, California, varsity football coach Kerry Legarra heard stories about a uniquely talented youngster named Royce Freeman before having even set eyes on him.

Canton Kaumatule, Under Armour All-American DE, names Oregon Ducks, USC Trojans co-leaders

Source: OregonLive
Canton Kaumatule is a contradiction.

Oregon's Mark Helfrich: QB Marcus Mariota can run any system

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is as nice a person as you'll find in college football, no matter if it's in an interview or you're chatting off the field about any topic.

Police: Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, urged cops to call Elway

Source: Denver Post
John Boyett ...  was arrested early Wednesday in Greenwood Village after police say he drunkenly head-butted and punched a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site then tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch ...

Texas A&M bails on home-and-home series with Oregon in 2018-19

Source: Fox Sports
Aggie athletic director Eric Hyman exercised a clause from the contract A&M and the Ducks agreed to back in 2009 that said they could get out deal if A&M changed conferences.

23 October

Coaches stay calm, cool, collective

Source: Register Guard
Communication breakdowns between players on the field have been an issue at times this season for Oregon’s defense. And the coaches?

Hitting them where they live

Source: Register Guard
“We’ve talked about it,” Goff said at the Pac-12 media day event before the season. “My senior year we play Oregon at Cal, which is where we live, our hometown area. If he happens to win the job by then, that would be really cool to play against each other.”

Oregon QB Mariota grows as a player and leader

Marcus Mariota pauses for seven seconds when he’s asked if he can remember an instance when he got in trouble. “I can’t really pinpoint a certain time,” Mariota said. “I think I was in elementary school when I was messing around and went to the principal’s office.”

Lots of Ducks involved as offense finds its groove

Source: Portland Tribune
EUGENE — After a relatively slow start, the Oregon offensive playmaking machine and its parts have cranked up, and the Ducks seem primed to make another run at the national championship — barring an upset.

Heisman Watch: Mariota and Prescott keep it a two-player race

Source: USA Today
1. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon (Last week's ranking: No. 2) 2. QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (Last week's ranking: No. 1)

Ducks have Pac-12 banner, but can it hold?

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
So maybe all the hubbub and Apocalyptic thoughts that came crashing down on Eugene and all of Interstate 5 and up through the Cascades a few weeks ago were a little bit of an overreaction, no?

Cal coach Sonny Dykes calls No. 6 Oregon a national championship contender

Source: OregonLive
Of the Golden Bears' three losses, two have come by razor-thin margins: a Hail Mary loss at the buzzer to Arizona on Sept. 20, 49-45, and a 36-34 loss to UCLA last weekend.

Matt Mercer, Perfect Game Underclass First-Team All-American, commits to Oregon Ducks baseball

Source: OregonLive
Right-handed pitcher Matt Mercer, a top 50 recruit nationally and a Perfect Game Underclass First-Team All-American, committed to the University of Oregon on Wednesday, despite the expectation that he won't even pitch during his senior season at Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington.

Talkin' Ducks: Defense, Bears, & best hair

Source: CSNNW
On this weeks Talkin’ Ducks, the boys on the panel get us prepared for a trip to the bay, to take on the Cal Bears.

The Duck o-lineman who pierced his ears on a dare

Source: CSNNW
Andre Yruretagoyena gives an injury update and tells his story about piercing his ears on a dare.


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