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NFL Players - participation by NCAA Power 5 Conferences

Recently 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 ..."

NFL Players - by NCAA Conference


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).


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 ...

2 August

Has the Pac-12 passed the SEC as college football's top conference?

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. “I don’t think any conference had the résumé that our conference had. I don’t think we’d even be having this conversation had Oregon beat Ohio State.” ... The influx of money from television contracts has flattened the college football world. If the Pac-12 produces a national title winner in 2015, it could offer the final piece of evidence that the league has jumped ahead of the SEC.

Post-Mariota era Ducks think team

Source: Portland Tribune
So, how do the Ducks stay at the top of the Pac-12 and contend again for another spot in the College Football Playoff? Rely on the entire team, linebacker Tyson Coleman says. “We knew the day would come that Marcus would leave and we’d have to rebuild,” he says. “Contacting Vernon was a smart move. And, we got a good stable of guys.”

Pac-12's 2015 starting quarterback class may rank with its best

Source: USA Today
BURBANK, Calif. — For all the talk about facility investments and recruiting rankings, it's not hard to figure out why the Pac-12 is in the midst of a golden era. From almost every angle, quarterback play throughout the league has never been better.

Pac-12 Media Days: Oregon Ducks Helfrich Mum on Transfer Vernon Adams

The summer could have gone differently for Oregon Transfer Quarterback Vernon Adams. He could have fulfilled a math requirement and be set to be enrolled at the University of Oregon. He could have completed his coursework at Eastern Washington and been to camp on time, however that is not how it has gone.

Pac-12 notebook: Can Oregon trust in QB Vernon Adams as a 'leader?'

Source: CBS Sports
BURBANK, Calif. -- It might as well qualify as the biggest question of Oregon's season. How does a team buy into a supposed team leader who -- until this point -- hasn't taken care of his own business off the field?

LOOK: OL Kyle Long rides massive tricycle into Bears camp

Source: CBS Sports
Presumably in an effort to one-up not only Seahawks bicycle legend Michael Bennett, but also the Green Bay Packers' long-held tradition of riding bicycles into training camp, Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long showed up to camp on Saturday riding a huge Big Wheel.

USC aims to sack Oregon, regain Pac-12 throne

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
BURBANK, Calif. -- The power that is and the power that was. The once and future Pac-12 kings. The question is which is USC and which is Oregon?

Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman is embracing the spotlight

Source: Register Guard
Royce Freeman strolled through airport terminals in Burbank, Calif., and San Francisco on Friday night without drawing any attention. No one recognized that comfortably dressed kid eating a bag of gummy bears as Oregon’s preseason Heisman Trophy candidate.

3 years after launch, Pac-12 waiting for its network to prosper

Source: Register Guard
ac-12 leaders had a choice to make when the conference decided to launch its own TV network four years ago. They could start their fledgling network with the help of a media giant, as the Big Ten did with Fox and the SEC would do with ESPN. Or they could go it alone, striking out in the wilderness to reap all the profits and manage all the risks for themselves.

Marcus Mariota autograph worth 3-hour wait for fans

Source: The Tennessean
About 50 minutes after Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota started signing autographs, the end of his session was announced with the Schwarz family finally reaching the front of the line.

Duck Season: Previewing the defensive line

Source: Daily Emerald
Tony Washington and Arik Armstead are gone, but Oregon’s defensive line retains experience with seniors Alex Balducci, DeForest Buckner and Tui Talia back for their senior years.

Accuser voluntarily dismisses Dana Altman from lawsuit stemming from 2014 Oregon sexual assault investigation

Source: OregonLive
Altman, who was being sued by the victim of an alleged 2014 sexual assault, was dropped from the lawsuit on Friday, documents filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene show, resulting in the full dismissal of "all claims against defendant Dana Dean Altman with prejudice and without fees or costs to any party."

Former Oregon Ducks thrower Sam Crouser punches ticket to World Championships in javelin

Source: OregonLive
Sam Crouser is going to Beijing. The former University of Oregon and Gresham High School standout secured his spot on Team USA for the World Outdoor Track & Field Championships by throwing a personal-best 83.33 meters (273 feet, 4 inches) in the javelin at the Concordia Throws Center on Saturday.

Plaintiff dismisses UO men’s basketball coach Dana Altman from lawsuit

Source: Daily Emerald
The official document of the dismissal, dated and signed on July 31, can be found on UO Economics Professor Bill Harbaugh’s website, UO Matters, as well as (in) this story.

1 August

Coolhaus Created Custom Ice Cream Sandwiches For Every Team At Pac-12 Media Days

Source: College Spun
Other conferences may get more attention for their media days, but we think the Pac-12 has the most fun.

Oregon Media Relations Staffer Fires Back At Steve Sarkisian After USC Coach Takes Shot At The Ducks

Source: College Spun
The two most successful program in the Pac-12 over the last decade or so have been Oregon and USC. So, it’s only natural for there to be a little bit of a rivalry between the two programs.

The Four-Step Guide to (Almost) Perfect College Football Predictions

Source: Athlon Sports
How good will your team be this year? Ask yourself these questions in this order: How good were we last year? And how good have we been for the last five years? How are our recruiting rankings — getting better or worse? Are we returning more or fewer than about 6-7 starters on offense and defense? And how lucky were we last year?

Mark Helfrich: '100 percent' confidence in QB Jeff Lockie

Source: Yahoo
“He knows our system better than anybody on the team,” Helfrich said via the Eugene Register-Guard. “I have total confidence in Jeff, 100 percent. Our players do, too. That’s probably the more important part.”

Which Team Fits the Championship Mold in 2015.

Source: Phil Steele
On defense, my benchmark is the 2010 Oklahoma St Cowboys allowed 409 ypg (Auburn 2012 defense actually allowed 421 ypg but was excluded like many of their other categories). Using this measurement, we can remove five more teams including Oregon, which leaves us with 40 teams:

Nebraska's grand offensive plan: Just copy Oregon and Baylor

Source: Fox Sports
CHICAGO -- Mike Riley spent the last 12 years trying to beat the Oregon Ducks. Now, having moved from Oregon State to Nebraska, Riley is attempting to emulate them.

Pac-12 notebook: Can Oregon trust in QB Vernon Adams as a 'leader?'

Source: CBS Sports
BURBANK, Calif. -- It might as well qualify as the biggest question of Oregon's season. How does a team buy into a supposed team leader who -- until this point -- hasn't taken care of his own business off the field?

Helfrich says Vernon Adams situation creating 'zero distraction'

Source: Statesman Journal
Adams has not yet wrapped up his obligations at Eastern Washington, so he is not yet officially a part of the Oregon football program.

Oregon's Royce Freeman tries his hand at piñata, Twitter

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
BURBANK, Calif. -- Oregon running back Royce Freeman is one of the strongest players in the conference. But at Pac-12 media days, he was worried that he might not be able to break the piñata that the Pac-12 Networks had set up for the Ducks.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich doesn't discuss transferring QB Vernon Adams

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Question: In terms of picking up the verbiage and playbook, how often does that tend to take guys at the quarterback spot? Translation: How long will it take Adams to come up to speed once he can join the team? Helfrich: “It’s 100 percent unique to each individual. Some guys can come in and know kind of the scheme and maneuver of things within days. Some guys it's never."

Pac-12 making officiating a priority

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
BURBANK, Calif. -- For all of the work Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has done to improve the image of the conference, there remains a giant zebra in the room -- officiating. Long the butt of social media jabs, quips and criticisms (see: #Pac12refs), the league's reputation when it comes to officiating is less than stellar.

USC aims to sack Oregon, regain Pac-12 throne

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
"We're not going to take the field in 13 different uniforms in 13 different games this fall. We're going to wear cardinal and gold. You know what we wear." Ladies and gentlemen ... shots fired.

Oregon Ducks’ Aaron Wise roars back to win Pacific Coast Amateur

Source: Register Guard
Aaron Wise’s strategy coming into the final round of the Pacific Coast Amateur was to play mistake-free golf and, he hoped, be in contention with nine holes left.

Pac-12 media day: Oregon Ducks back Jeff Lockie, Helfrich mum on Vernon Adams

Source: Register Guard
BURBANK, Calif. — Oregon’s rivals talked about their bad memories of Vernon Adams. Oregon State cornerback Larry Scott watched helplessly from the sideline as Adams carved up the Beavers during Eastern Washington’s 49-46 victory in the 2013 opener at Reser Stadium.

SportsCenter Anchors Neil Everett, Stan Verrett Reach New Agreements to Remain with ESPN

Everett started at ESPN in July, 2000, after working for 15 years for various affiliates in Honolulu, most recently KGMB-TV, the CBS affiliate where he was the sports director and weekday anchor. Prior to his TV news career, Everett served as an assistant athletic director and sports information director at Hawaii Pacific University. He also was the communications director for the Jeep Aloha and Jeep Oahu bowls. He grew up in Spokane, Wash., and graduated from the University of Oregon.

Oregon Ducks face unknowns and high expectations entering 2015 college football season

Source: OregonLive
BURBANK, Calif. — Give Mark Helfrich credit: Early in his press conference Friday morning, he floated the suggestion that he wanted to stay on-message.

USC coach Sarkisian takes jab at Oregon’s uniforms

Source: NBC Sports
Sark on USC’s recruiting approach: “We fall back on our rich tradition...We’re not going to take the field in 13 different uniforms.”

Ducks express confidence in quarterback Jeff Lockie

Source: CSNNW
BURBANK, Calif. - Oregon coach Mark Helfich didn't wait for questions before addressing to team's quarterback situation during Friday's session at Pac-12 Media Days at Warner Bros. Studios.

Duck Season: Previewing Oregon football’s 2015 schedule

Source: Daily Emerald
The Ducks are expected to face at least five nationally ranked teams once the preseason rankings are announced. Michigan State and USC are expected to be ranked in the top 10 while Utah, Stanford and Arizona State should all appear in the top 25.

Titans: Marcus Mariota takes charge in camp debut

Source: The Tennessean
On the first day of the rest of his football life, Marcus Mariota did not look like a rookie quarterback. And that’s a good thing, Titans fans.

Wise Crowned 49th Pacific Coast Amateur Champion

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon sophomore Aaron Wise won the 49th Pacific Coast Amateur on Friday afternoon at Eugene Country Club. Wise (-6) was one of six Ducks to compete at the event.

Mariota Opens Training Camp Atop Titans Depth Chart

NASHVILLE — There were a few moments, as the Tennessee Titans opened preseason camp Friday, during which players were just sort of standing around. For a follower of Oregon football, that was one thing that jumped out — NFL practices, or at least this one, don’t take place at the Ducks’ breakneck pace.

31 July

Preseason Camp Preview: Offensive Line

What to Watch: Regardless of (Matt) Hegarty’s experience, replacing a center can’t be expected to be completely seamless, especially one as capable as Hroniss Grasu.

Ranking the 2015 Pac-12 offenses: Oregon still has best offense in Pac-12

Source: SB Nation
1. Oregon | 2. Cal | 3. Arizona St. | 4. USC | 5. Arizona

The Mariota Project Begins

There is plenty to like about Marcus Mariota. There is also plenty that should make the Tennessee Titans nervous. The track record of run-oriented college quarterbacks in the NFL is not good. Beginning this summer, the Titans will try to build Mariota into a passer who can buck that trend

For Pac-12 football, how strong is too strong?

Source: USA Today
BURBANK, Calif. — There are perceptions, and then there are scoreboards. The former would insist that very little has changed in the hierarchy of college football, that the SEC's power has not faded despite championship outliers in Tallahassee, Fla., and Columbus, Ohio. The latter would tell a much different story, with plenty to suggest that the Pac-12 is on the verge of supplanting the SEC as the nation's top conference — if it hasn't already.

Michigan State, the Big Ten's most overlooked team, might be its best

Source: USA Today
CHICAGO — Mark Dantonio’s public speech rarely deviates from a standard tone and tempo, one that might best be described as unvaried or, unkindly, as monotonous.

CFP won’t force Notre Dame, other independents to join a conference

Source: NBC Sports
Over the past 10 days, in the midst of various conference media days, one of the talking points has suddenly become Notre Dame and its lack of a conference when it comes to consideration for a College Football Playoff spot.

Pac-12 Notes: Fans in stadiums to see same replays officials do at games

Source: CBS Sports
BURBANK, Calif. -- The Pac-12 has either hit upon the next great idea in fan engagement or another officiating debacle. This season, the league will begin showing on stadium scoreboards the same replays available to officials reviewing it upstairs during the game.

Will Pac-12 football return to glory, end title drought on 100th birthday?

Source: CBS Sports
BURBANK, Calif. -- The Pac-12 turns 100 this year. Fitting because it seems to have been that long since the league won a championship in its most important sport.

Oregon track and field freshmen off to Pan Am Games

Source: Register Guard
It has been seven weeks since Raevyn Rogers and Blake Haney helped Oregon sweep the NCAA outdoor track and field team titles, and it’s been about a month since they each won an individual U.S. junior championship. Now it’s time to race again. ... in Edmonton, Alberta.

USC the Pac-12’s preseason pick? Ducks should say thanks

Source: Register Guard
Mark Helfrich has 21 bouquets of roses to order as soon as he’s finished with Pac-12 media days.

Media poll picks Oregon Ducks to win Pac-12 North, and USC to win conference

Source: OregonLive
BURBANK, Calif. — Oregon will win the Pac-12 North division and USC the conference crown, a preseason poll of league-wide media predicts.

Vernon Adams 'put on a show' against Oregon State, recalls OSU defender: Pac-12 football media days

Source: OregonLive
BURBANK, Calif. — Oregon State defensive back Larry Scott was there in Reser Stadium Aug. 31, 2013, when Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. blitzed the then-top-25-ranked Beavers for an upset victory.

Titans' Marcus Mariota primed for first training camp

Source: The Tennessean
Only weeks after soaking in the beauty of his native Hawaii - boogie-boarding and, yes, even surfing - with buddies, Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota is ready for an entirely different challenge.

Larry Scott 'optimistic' that AT&T's takeover of DirecTV will bring good news for Pac-12 Networks

Source: OregonLive
BURBANK, Calif. — Three years into a stalemate between DirecTV and the Pac-12 Networks that has kept the league's channels out of the homes of millions of the cable provider's customers, conference commissioner Larry Scott is "delighted" a resolution could be close.

Sam Crouser again misses World Championships qualifying mark in javelin

Source: OregonLive
Crouser threw 267 feet, 11 inches (81.66 meters) Thursday at the Concordia Throws Center. Crouser needs a throw of 269 feet (82 meters) to meet the qualifying standard for the World Championships, which begin Aug. 22 in Beijing.

Duck Season: Glen Ihenacho follows in older brothers’ footsteps to college football

Source: Daily Emerald
I’m very excited – especially with this secondary we have this year. We’re all very talented in more than one aspect. We can do anything. Coach [John] Neal keeps telling us how excited he is for how good we are while we’re this young. It’s promising. Everyone is excited.

Report: Blount placed on NFI list for failing conditioning test

Source: CSNNW
Failing a conditioning test seems a bit ironic, given that Blount spent time at Oregon under head coach Chip Kelly. Blount can come off the list as soon as he passes his test. The former Oregon Duck is suspended for the Patriots' season opener against Pittsburgh after violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Difined By Tradition - Challenged Through Transitions - Remembered By Milestones

University of Oregon - 2015 Spring Game
2015 Football Schedule

Full Pac-12 2015 Schedule  
2015 NCAA Track & Field Champions


    -  Change - 2013 

    -  The Pick - 1994

    -  2006 Oklahoma Game

    -  Oregon Boogie 2009

    -  Road Trip 2011

    -  Oregon at Michigan 2007

    -  Civil War 2013 (The Final Drive)

    -  2013 Autzen's The Place To Be 

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