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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 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 ...

26 August

Canzano: Won't matter, but South Dakota looking at Civil War football film vs. Ducks

Source: OregonLive
Glenn said he's watching Oregon's games last season against Stanford, but also Oregon State, in particular. Also, he says he's only looking at bits and pieces.

Your guide to 2014′s big Heisman games

Oregon.  vs Michigan St  vs. UCLA  vs. Stanford  vs. Oregon St  Pac-12 Championship

Heisman Preview: Who will win using the modern formula?

Source: Fox Sports
It's Marcus Mariota

College Football Countdown | No. 5: UCLA

Source: USA Today
The frustrations make the success all the sweeter to savor.

The 10 best uniforms in college football

Source: USA Today
Surprise....Oregon at #1

2014 CFT Preseason Preview: Playoff Primer & Predictions

Source: NBC Sports
WHAT, WHO, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and,,,PREDICTION (All have Oregon IN)

Michigan State's opponent: Jacksonville State experienced, plays like Oregon

“We’ll have a great spread offense before we get into Round 2,” (Defensive coordinator Pat ) Narduzzi said this month.

Depth chart backs up Royce Freeman hype

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
EUGENE, Ore. -- It can be tricky to make too many assumptions during fall camp, especially when all the practices happen behind closed doors.

The Legend of Royce Freeman: Ducks freshman is humble, mature ... and good

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE — Back home in Imperial, California, where the sun scorches at 115 degrees and flash floods occur when it rains, his phone calls come, a college freshman checking in with his parents.

No. 1 spot on Oregon Ducks' running back depth chart remains a triumvirate

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- If Monday was supposed to bring any sort of closure to Oregon's three-headed monster of a running backs competition, then the day ended up being a failure.

Opponent sneak peek: No. 3 Oregon vs. South Dakota (Oregon rundown)

Source: OregonLive
Threat level (1-5 scale): 1. The Ducks are 9-1 in home openers since 2000 and this will be a rout on par with Oregon's openers against Nicholls, New Mexico and Arkansas State in recent years.

Kenjon Barner sets solid impression in Eagles debut

Kenjon Barner kept calling Duce Staley Wednesday night. Wouldn’t leave him alone. It got later and later, and Barner kept calling and asking questions.

Oregon is No. 1 in The Times' 'Super 16' countdown

Source: LA Times
The race for championships, trophies and recruits will continue unabated, for years to come. However, the arms race in college football is over. Oregon won, and everybody else is a guest cottage at Hearst Castle.

Pac-12 football is catching up to the SEC

Source: LA Times
ac-12 football has relentlessly tracked the Southeastern Conference for years — almost like Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.. The pursuit produced its share of botched ACME dynamite explosions, but could the SEC finally be cornered?

James slips on sod, but plants a few Chargers defenders, too

SANTA CLARA – LaMichael James struggled to keep his footing Sunday on the 49ers’ new playing surface at Levi's Stadium.

Report: Oregon Five-Star commit Taj Griffin out for season

Taj Griffin, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back, is out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL on Monday.Griffin committed to Oregon over Clemson and UGA last spring. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Oregon this weekend but now will delay it until after his knee surgery which will take place in the next two weeks.

Two-deep shows ongoing position battles as opener nears

Five true freshmen are on the two-deep released Monday...

Oregon Ducks football depth chart: 10 thoughts on UO's early rotation

Source: OregonLive
1. Oregon's praise for freshman running back Royce Freeman wasn't bluster.

Oregon Football Practice Recap - Aug. 25

Offensively, the Ducks have advanced quite a bit from where they were to open camp, which is typical. Quarterbacks and receivers have their timing down, the offensive line is communicating crisply, and Scott Frost’s group is really able to cut the time between reps.

Chip on his lopsided Oregon players: 'Like having good football players'

When the Eagles traded for running back Kenjon Barner it gave Chip Kelly nine former Oregon players that he coached in college on his roster.

25 August

Poetry in motion

Source: RegisterGuard
Derrick Malone shines tackling free verse or running backs

Ducks’ attention turns to Coyotes

Source: RegisterGuard
Since finishing second in the North Division of the Pac-12 and missing out on a BCS bowl last season, Marcus Mariota and Oregon have been preparing to take care of unfinished business in 2014. The wait is almost over.

Michigan State senior Tony Lippett has grown into go-to receiver

Connor Cook knows where to find him, and ... trusts Lippett enough to put the ball up in his direction ... . That's the way co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner says he wants it drawn up, as Lippett has proven to be the Spartans' most consistent and reliable receiver over the past year.

10 predictions for Michigan State's 2014 football season

MSU will beat Oregon

Home Field Advantage

Source: Phil Steele
While I mention that there are 27 factors in my home field computer ratings, there are actually nine individual factors that I use each year and I then combine the grades for the last three years giving half of the grade to last year, 30% to the numbers from two years ago and 20% to the computer rankings from three years ago.

Cal transfer Johnny Ragin wins two NCAA appeals, eligible immediately at Oregon

Souirce: Yahoo Sports
The NCAA has often been criticized for its lack of consistency — and clarity — when deciding transfer eligibility. So, linebacker Johnny Ragin decided to challenge that inconsistency and he won.

College Football Countdown | No. 6: Michigan State

Source: USA Today
Offense: Connor Cook seems supremely prepared to take the next step. Let's remember that he's starting from a position of strength: Cook's sophomore season – his first as the Spartans' full-time starter – featured one of the finest passing performances in program history ... Defense: Michigan State is one of two programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision to rank among the top nationally in total, scoring and rushing defense in each of the past three seasons, joining Alabama.

College Football Countdown | No. 7: Stanford

Source: USA Today
All that's preventing Stanford from implementing its desired formation are those pesky NCAA rules.

25 things to watch: The playoff will affect everything, except elite's status

Source: CBS Sports
Oregon AND Michigan St in the playoff; the Pac-12 has grown up; the "All-Name" team includes LB -- Zeek Bigger, OL -- Chongo Kondolo, and OL -- Halapoulivaati Vaitai but no Andre Yruretagoyena.

Marcus Mariota can run but ...

Source: ESPN
... Oregon's Heisman contender can't hide from the spotlight

Pac-12 questions entering opening week

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
ESPN Pac-12 reporter Ted Miller joins Zubin Mehenti to discuss expectations at UCLA and the biggest weakness for Oregon.

The Oregon Ducks will win the national championship if...

Source: CSNNW
The Oregon Ducks are set to embark on a fifth consecutive season with national championship possibilities. They are 47-6 since 2010 with one national title appearance. Could a second be coming?

24 August

Mac & Mose

Source: GoDucksdotcom
Decisions have been made following fall camp.

Oregon Football Practice Report – Aug. 23

With Oregon’s preseason camp officially in the books, the Ducks enjoyed a rare weekday void of intense training on Friday as the staff reviewed the month’s progress and settled on primary offensive and defensive depth, as well as scout team members.

Michigan State's Lawrence Thomas ready to silence critics, even on social media

Source: Detroit Free Press
Thomas came from Detroit Renaissance as a “five-star” middle linebacker, one of three in eight recruiting classes so far under Mark Dantonio, and his first three seasons have seen a shoulder injury, a redshirt, a switch to fullback, a switch to defensive end, a back injury, a switch to defensive tackle and growing questions about whether his credentials will ever be justified.

Did A Job Listing Give Away The Location Of College Gameday On Sept. 6?

Source: College Spun
As ignitors your responsibilities include but are not limited to; event set up, encouraging football fans to come to our site and have his/her photo taken to be entered in to win the ESPN College Game day fan of the week

ESPN’s Lee Corso: The SEC Is Not The Best Conference In The Country This Season

Source: College Spun
It's some conference out west.

The top five College Football Playoff darkhorses

Source: USA Today
1. Stanford

College Football: 10 best running backs in the country

10) Byron Marshall, 9) Jeremy Langford, Michigan St.

Pac-12 vs. SEC: coaching pedigree

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Advantage: Push. See you in January.

Under pressure: Oregon Ducks' title expectations fuel another season played under the microscope

Source: OregonLive
Intense focus on Ducks football has become another fall tradition around Eugene -- like a motorcycle leading UO out of the Autzen tunnel or speculation about its newest sweat-wicking fabric -- a byproduct of Chip Kelly's four-year head coaching tenure pushing already high expectations into the stratosphere.

Royce Freeman and Tyrell Crosby highlight list of true freshmen on the roster for Oregon Ducks

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- The Oregon Ducks will have a handful of true freshmen on their roster when they open up the season next week against South Dakota.

Canzano: Former coach hoping Mark Helfrich and Ducks can finish the job

Source: OregonLive
MEDFORD --- He had a 10:54 a.m. tee time on Saturday morning. This was the Medford City Championship at Centennial Golf Club, and former Southern Oregon University head football coach Jim Palazzolo pulled into the parking lot in a dark green pick-up with a single sticker affixed on the center of his tailgate.

Brandon Bair making push to land on Eagles' roster

Connor Barwin seemed stunned by the question. So you think Brandon Bair is making the team? Barwin paused. His eyebrows furrowed. He shrugged. "I think so,” Barwin responded. “Who knows what happens — but I think he did."

B.C.S. Makes Way for College Football Playoff (and New Debates)

Source: NY Times
In an office in Irving, Tex., there is a jar that as of early August contained about $17. The College Football Playoff’s staff members had decided to donate a dollar every time one of them referred to the new system as “the college football playoffs.”

A Star’s Bumpy Trail to Oregon

Source: NY Times
HONOLULU — Near the base of Koko Head, on the south shore of Oahu, an abrupt change in the ocean floor causes the steep, violent waves that crash onto Sandy Beach. Whenever Marcus Mariota and his high school friends wanted to get away, they gathered there when the morning sky was still dark.

23 August

2014 Fall Camp - I Got Mine

Source: OregonVideo
Fall camp is in the books. Check it out!

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio adds fractions to depth chart for non-starting contributors

Source: Detroit Free Press
EAST LANSING — Mark Dantonio coined a new term Thursday — a useful term for a coach with a deep football team. “Are they ones or are they twos — or are they one-and-a-halves?”

Looking back at Michigan State's preseason camp, by position

Source: Detroit Free Press
EAST LANSING — Identifying leaders is part of every preseason camp, but very important at Michigan State this month because of the ones who must be replaced, and because of the opportunity the Spartans have in 2014.



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