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NFL Players - participation by NCAA Power 5 Conferences

Recently nationalfootballpost.com delivered an analysis on the Power Five Conferences and the NFL Draft. It was a nicely crafted article attempting to "examine the degree of the impact the Power Five colleges have on the NFL draft. (It included) both a comparison of the Power Five with the rest of college football and then a comparison of the conferences within the Power Five."

In that follow up article, they evaluated "the draft performance of colleges for players selected between 2005 and 2014." In it they - avoid using simply number of draft choices plus number of career starts at a school to rank it and instead declare - "A college that produces all seventh round choices could rank higher than a team with more or higher selections depending on the degree by which performance was better or worse than expected." IN addition they limit the sample to: - "Only colleges with at least 10 players drafted in the study period ... There are 76 colleges that meet the criteria ..."

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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).

PS:

Oregon was the only school in 2015 to make the post season in football, basketball, and baseball.

In college football, Oregon :
A -  is tops over the last six years for wins against the "Power" conferences:

B - is the only team in CFB to win 9+ games in each of the last 8 seasons (including 2014).

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 Florida State in the Rose Bowl) 59 games of 40+ points since 2009. A wide margin over the next closest team to do so...

E - Only Oregon has finished the last 8 seasons in the AP Top 25 (through 2014-15 season).

Catch Up ...

3 September

At Oregon, the game is on

Source: Portland Tribune
EUGENE — Aidan Schneider had a unique view of the Oregon Ducks’ march to the national championship game last season. As a true freshman kicker, he watched the offense score points and the defense stop teams, and he did his part on kickoffs, field goals and extra-points.

Oregon's offense counting on two graduate transfers

Source: Statesman Journal
Ducks fans will be introduced to Vernon Adams and Matt Hegarty on Saturday when Oregon opens the season at 5 p.m. against Eastern Washington at Autzen Stadium.

Weak Links: Flaws That Could Doom College Football’s Top Contenders

Source: Grantland
Of 128 FBS teams, only eight will open the season ranked in the top 10 in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls and listed with odds of 25-1 or better to win the second edition of the playoff, according to Vegas Insider. -- 8. USC: A Tale of Two Codys | 6. Michigan State: Burnt in Big Games | 5. Oregon: Secondary Education; This year’s Pac-12 quarterback crop isn’t quite as unforgiving as last year’s, but add in Michigan State’s Connor Cook in Week 2, and the learning curve could be plenty steep enough to keep Oregon from getting back to the final round.

Finding his focus gives Sheldon grad Ivan Faulhaber a spot on Ducks' 'bus'

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- Ivan Faulhaber was always good for the "local kid makes good" storyline. A walk-on from Sheldon, Faulhaber has played sparingly during his two seasons with the Ducks, finding the field in four games last year including some of the final snaps of the Rose Bowl.

How will Vernon Adams Jr. respond to 'unfortunate' reunion with Eastern Washington? Oregon's waiting to see: Ducks rundown

Source: OregonLive
"I always try to get those guys' feel in pregame warmups," Helfrich said. "There are some quarterbacks that want to stay focused. Some guys you have to crack and joke and get 'em laughing."

Oregon secondary prepares for “dynamic” Eastern Washington offense

Source: Daily Emerald
Even without quarterback Vernon Adams leading Eastern Washington’s offense, Oregon’s defense recognizes the challenge of facing Adams’s former team, led by quarterback Jordan West.

Watch out for Oregon receiver Charles Nelson in 2015

Source: CSNNW
EUGENE - Now that Oregon's depth chart is settled and we know Charles Nelson is a starting wide receiver and not a hybrid, two-way player the imagination can start contorting amidst the possibilities.

2 September

ACC shut out, SEC beat up and other bold predictions

Source: ESPN
6. Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams will be a Heisman finalist It took Adams about two weeks to win Oregon's starting quarterback job after arriving late for preseason practice. Ducks coach Mark Helfrich believes Adams, an Eastern Washington transfer, is going to be that good running his team's spread offense.

Ten bold Pac-12 predictions for 2015

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
5. Oregon will no longer rank as the Pac-12's top offense 6. Oregon's defense will be ranked in the top 25 (yards per play) by season's end

Football Practice Report: Sept. 2

Source: GoDucks.com
Eastern Washington enters Saturday’s regular-season opener at Oregon (5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) fresh off a season in which the Eagles led the nation in scoring with 44.1 points per game, and set Big Sky records for points (618) and touchdowns (84).

Nissan Heisman House | Just Go With It

Source: Nissan
Newcomer Marcus Mariota threatens to unravel the entire Heisman House universe with his pesky questions.

Who will prevail in Pac-12?

Source: Portland Tribune
Oregon vs. Arizona St./USC in P12 Championship

2015 preseason Crystal Ball: SI picks the playoff, Heisman, hot seat, more

Source: SI.com
Oregon/Stanford/USC vs. Michigan St./Ohio St./Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl

College football's top 50 breakout players for 2015

Source: Yahoo Sports
20. ​Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State | 17. Charles Nelson, DB/WR, Oregon | 12. Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State | 6. ​Mike Bercovici, QB, Arizona State | 5. JuJu Smith, WR, USC

Bowl projections: Preseason predictions for the College Football Playoff

Source: USA Today
Jan. 11 CFP title game Semifinal winners Ohio State vs. TCU Dec. 31 Cotton CFP semifinal TCU vs. Auburn Dec. 31 Orange CFP semifinal Ohio State vs. Notre Dame — Jan. 1 Fiesta  Oregon vs. Boise State Jan. 1 Rose  Michigan State vs. UCLA — Jan. 2 Cactus  Texas vs. California Jan. 2 Alamo Oklahoma vs. USC Dec. 30 Holiday  Michigan vs. Arizona State Dec. 26 Foster Farms Iowa vs. Arizona Dec. 26 Sun Georgia Tech vs. Stanford Dec. 19 Las Vegas San Diego State vs. Utah

Mailbag: Oregon is perfect place for Vernon Adams to destroy defenses

Source: Fox Sports
Other than Russell Wilson, how many grad-transfer QBs have been successful at their new school? And do you think any transfers from this year will be successful at their new school?

Enhancements For 2015 Make Autzen More Mobile Friendly

Source: GoDucks.com
A year after installing a DAS system to increase bandwith for fans using mobile devices at Autzen Stadium, the UO athletic department in 2015 is introducing services that take advantage of the new technology.

QB Connor Cook on not being voted a Michigan State captain: 'It stinks'

Source: CBS Sports
"... If there could be six, there'd be six guys. All 12 guys are worth enough to be captains. But it's definitely not gonna limit my leadership role. And it's just gonna make me hungrier."

Dolphins RB LaMichael James wants to go by LaMike

Source: Fox Sports
DAVIE, Fla. — If LaMichael James is to make the Miami Dolphins' final roster, he'll do it as LaMike.

Terry Wilson, Nebraska Cornhuskers 4-star QB commit: 'I do see myself playing for Oregon'

Source: OregonLive
Even when Mike Riley moves from Oregon State to Nebraska he can't get away from the Oregon Ducks' recruiting reach.

EWU football: Eagles can’t wait to go up against Vernon Adams’ Oregon Ducks

Source: Spokesman Review
Vernon Adams Jr. doesn’t live here anymore; it merely seemed that way Tuesday afternoon at Roos Field.

Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin says there are no hard feelings about Vernon Adams transferring to Oregon

Source: Register Guard
Beau Baldwin experienced a range of emotions when he found out Vernon Adams was going to be Oregon’s starting quarterback. But the Eastern Washington coach said he doesn’t have any hard feelings. Adams will lead No. 7 Oregon against Baldwin and his former team on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

Eastern’s new QB replacing a legend

Source: Register Guard
CHENEY, Wash. — The new quarterback says he’s not trying to make anyone forget the old one, nor does he need to be a hero. If this sounds way too familiar, be aware that Vernon Adams isn’t the only player with big shoes to fill. Jordan West, Adams’ successor at Eastern Washington, also knows how it feels to follow a legend.

Living the dream

Source: Register Guard
van Faulhaber laughed when he thought back to his arrival at Oregon as a walk-on linebacker from Sheldon High School. “My first year, there was a pretty big gap between me and the guys I was going against,” he said.

Deadspin 25: Marcus Mariota's Gone, But Oregon Can Still Be Fun

Source: Deadspin
... alas, Mariota has departed to Tennessee where he will presumably continue to be the do-gooding golden boy who scores a lot of touchdowns (“a lot” being relative to past Titans’ quarterbacks). Now, the Ducks will turn over their offense to an FCS-transfer quarterback, who will at least have a lot of weapons at his disposal.

As backup, Lockie ready to help Ducks any way he can

Source: Statesman Journal
EUGENE – After spending months competing for the starting quarterback position with the Oregon football team, junior Jeff Lockie shifted his focus to backing up graduate transfer Vernon Adams as the Ducks prepare for Eastern Washington this week.

Something to prove: Pac-12 South

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Some players come in with plenty of hype, but never quite seem to match it. Others have a great season, then slip the following one, leaving many to wonder if they were one-year wonders. Still others have to bounce back from injury and show they aren't shells of what they used to be.

Ducks to mold offense to Vernon Adam's strengths

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
"If there's anything the quarterback is not comfortable with that we're trying to put in the game plan, we're going to take it out," Frost told Alger. "So if that means this year there's a few things he's not comfortable with, we'll cut the game plan a little bit and have a little bit shorter playlist."

Ducks' secondary braces for Eastern Washington offense led by Cooper Kupp

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE — Tradition dictates newcomers to the Oregon Ducks football team to sing a song in front of their new teammates and coaches.

Watch: Ducks coach Mark Helfrich's scouting report on Eastern Washington (video)

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE — Seven months of anticipation has built to Saturday evening in Autzen Stadium.

Marcus Mariota should sit out Titans game

Source: The Tennessean
On one hand, you have a rookie quarterback who needs all the live action he can get to prepare for the regular season. On the other hand, you have a fourth preseason game that is beyond meaningless.

Vernon Adams opens Oregon QB career with Eastern Washington

Source: AP
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — It's certainly not lost on Oregon that Vernon Adams' first game for the Ducks will be against his old team, Eastern Washington.

Mark Helfrich previews Oregon football’s matchup with EWU

Source: Daily Emerald
Four days prior to Oregon’s first game of the season against Eastern Washington, head coach Mark Helfrich provided a scouting report of the Eagles and addressed some of the upcoming game’s most talked-about story lines:

Surprisingly, Kiko Alonso says he'll play in Eagles' preseason finale

Source: CSNPhilly
Surprise, surprise: Kiko Alonso will play in the preseason after all. The inside linebacker said Tuesday that he expects to play "a few series" Thursday night in the Eagles' preseason finale against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

2015 Preseason Preview: Pac-12 Predictions

Source: NBC Sports
PAC-12 NORTH 1. Oregon 2. Stanford 3. Washington PAC-12 SOUTH 1. Arizona State 2. USC 3. Utah

Football Practice Report: Sept. 1

Source: GoDucks.com
On one of the final plays of practice Tuesday, senior defensive end Tui Talia busted through the scout-team offensive line, batted a pass back toward the quarterback and then – looking like Ifo Ekpre-Olomu against Michigan State last season – completely laid out in an attempt to intercept the ball, albeit unsuccessfully.

Five Years In, Working To Keep Oregon On Top

Source: GoDucks.com
As the Ducks move forward into the next five years, (Oregon athletic director Rob ) Mullens isn’t budgeting much time to sit back and celebrate the first five. “You have to constantly have a growth mindset,” he said. “You can’t allow complacency to set in.”

1 September

Oregon fans have skills, grammar skills that is

Source: Grammarly.com
Oregon at 3 | Auburn is 1 and Alabama 25

Planning for success: Vernon Adams Jr., Matt Hegarty bonding for Oregon

Source: ESPN
Is there a perfect catalyst for Adams and Hegarty to gain the kind of chemistry that Mariota and Grasu had as a quarterback-center combo? No. Just snaps. Lots and lots of snaps.

Forde-Yard Dash: Biggest storylines, playoff picks and more

Source: Yahoo Sports
A WELCOME-BACK DECLARATION To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson (who is none too happy about the state of Virginia football): We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Football, Tailgating and the pursuit of Glory by our favorite college teams.

Torrodney Prevot looks to become bigger playmaker for Ducks

Source: Register Guard
Torrodney Prevot made a late rush to rank among Oregon’s leaders in quarterback sacks last season. ... “I just feel like I need to get a little warmed up,” the Oregon junior said of his late-season success that he hopes carries over to the start of this season. “Once that happens, I will create way more turnovers, get way more sacks, and be a bigger playmaker.”

Kicker hopes FGs pay off

Source: Register Guard
Aidan Schneider isn’t exactly like one of those students who makes a half-court shot during a basketball game, wins free tuition and appears on SportsCenter. But the sophomore walk-on wouldn’t mind kicking his way to a scholarship at Oregon.

Going all in with Adams the best bet

Soure: Register Guard
Playing things safe is no way to go through life. It’s no way to win football games, either.

Oregon quarterback Jeff Lockie discusses losing competition to transfer Vernon Adams

Source: Register Guard
If Vernon Adams handles the offense as well as Jeff Lockie has dealt with losing the quarterback competition, Oregon should be in good hands this season. After Monday’s practice, Lockie talked about getting beat out by Adams for the starting job.

Pac-12 football preseason power rankings, Pacific Takes edition: Oregon on top in the North, USC in the South

Source: SB Nation
North 1. Oregon The Ducks were a near unanimous top choice despite losing a Heisman winter and four All-Americans. That is a testament to how strong of a program Oregon has become and how weak the North is this season. | South 1. USC I think the Trojans actually got hurt by Steve Sarkisian's drunken antics as their votes seemed to go down the later votes came in. They ended up only edging out UCLA by one point.

40 time: Ranking college football's best players

Source: Fox Sports
1. Scooby Wright, Arizona, LB | 10. Adoree’ Jackson, USC, CB/WR/KR | 19. Myles Jack, UCLA, LB. | 21. Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State, DE | 23. DeForest Buckner, Oregon, DL | 24. Su’a Cravens, USC, LB/S | 25. Connor Cook, Michigan State, QB | 27. Paul Perkins, UCLA, RB | 29. Cody Kessler, USC, QB | 34. Royce Freeman, Oregon, RB

25 Things To Watch: Previewing the 2015 college football season

Source: CBS Sports
11. Four to consider: On some timelines, Ohio State was supposed to arrive in 2015. Gulp. TCU has the country's best offensive player (quarterback Trevone Boykin) and best defensive play-caller (coach Gary Patterson). The SEC is still the most talented conference, top to bottom, and Alabama still has the best talent in that league. Even without Marcus Mariota, Oregon has the best group of skill players in Eugene since …? | 15. Graduate transfers

Ducks ready for the season opener

Source: Statesman Journal
EUGENE – Eastern Washington has been a thorn in the side of Pac-12 football teams the past couple seasons.

Vernon Adams part of a growing national trend

Source: Salem Statesman
Jon Solomon of CBS Sports tweeted something very interesting on Monday. There are three top-10 college football programs that will start graduate transfers at quarterback: Vernon Adams (Oregon, from Eastern Washington), Everett Golson (Florida State, from Notre Dame) and Greyson Lambert (Georgia, from Virginia).

Is Marcus Mariota ready for regular season?

Source: The Tennessean
Ken Whisenhunt stepped to a sun-drenched podium after practice Monday at Saint Thomas Sports Park and answered the first question past a reporter’s lips, a question brewing since the Titans coach disclosed on Saturday that he’s considering holding his rookie quarterback out of the final preseason game against the Vikings on Thursday at Nissan Stadium.

Ducks Stay Undefeated, Defeat LIU Brooklyn

Source: GoDucks.com
BROOKLYN – In a match that once again utilized the entire lineup, the Oregon volleyball team continued its undefeated streak by beating LIU Brooklyn, 25-9, 25-10, 24-26, 25-17, Monday night.

Quarterback battle over, Ducks tailor Oregon system to Vernon Adams Jr.

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE — By now, everyone has heard about Vernon Adams Jr.'s upside. After all, it is what led the fifth-year senior transfer to victory in his quarterback battle over fourth-year junior Jeff Lockie.

Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year roundtable

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona | Budda Baker, S, Washington | Su’a Cravens, USC, LB

Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year roundtable

Source: EPN Pac-12 Blog
Devontae Booker, RB, Utah | Jared Goff, Cal, QB | Cody Kessler, QB, USC

Oregon Ducks' secondary violations include texting recruit's parent and providing a ride to Corvallis

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE — Picture this: You're a staff member for Oregon's football team, it's fall and recruits, along with their parents, are on campus enjoying their official college visits.

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