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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 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 Wyoming) 50 games of 40+ points since 2009. No other FBS team has more than 37 such games over that span.

Catch Up ...

23 November

Oregon No. 2 In CFB Power Rankings

Source: ESPN
The ESPN College Football Power Rankings have been updated ...

Amway Coaches Poll

Source: USA Today
1) Alabama 2) Florida State 3) Oregon 4) Mississippi State 5) TCU 6) Baylor 7) Ohio State
8) Michigan State

The AP Top 25 Poll

1) Florida State (37)  2) Alabama (21) 3) Oregon (2) 4) Mississippi State 5) Baylor 6) TCU
7) Ohio State 8) Georgia

Hobbled Grasu keeps to the sidelines

Source: Register Guard
Hroniss Grasu was on crutches and cloud nine Saturday. Oregon’s all-American center’s streak of consecutive starts ended at 50.

Winning curtain call

Source: Register Guard
Oregon says goodbye to its seniors — and maybe its quarterback — with a rout of Colorado

Senior Day overtaken by Mariota

Source: Register Guard
The students at O’Hara Catholic School will be talking for years about the day one of their own ended up on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

CU football: Oregon pounds outmanned Buffs

EUGENE, Ore. - They celebrated senior day at Oregon on Saturday as the winningest class to ever go through that football program said its goodbyes with a 44-10 win over Colorado.

Marcus Mariota dominates as No. 3 Oregon handles Colorado

Source: Denver Post
EUGENE, ORE. — Colorado and its football fans had reason to celebrate and go crazy Saturday afternoon against No. 3 Oregon.

Ducks Face No. 24 Michigan in Brooklyn

Fresh off an impressive win over Toledo on Friday, the Progressive Legends Classic moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn where Oregon will meet No. 24 Michigan Monday at approximately 6:30 p.m. Pacific.

#1QFor128: An 8-team playoff could be ideal

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Of the coaches that voted in ESPN’s poll, 44 percent want an eight-team playoff compared to 29 percent for the current four-team model, and 17 percent want a 16-team playoff.

Instant Analysis: No. 2 Oregon 44, Colorado 10

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Playoff implication: Oregon is securely in the top four. And with every single one of these blowout wins, it continues to make big statements to the committee.

Oregon overwhelms Colorado, sending seniors -- and maybe Marcus Mariota -- out in style, 44-10: game story

Source: Oregonian
As sweet as it was for Mariota, it was a forgettable day to be a quarterback for Colorado (2-9, 0-8).

Oregon Ducks' sentimentality gives way to focus as Ducks begin season's final chapter

Source: Oregonian
EUGENE — The memory is crisp for Keanon Lowe. Arkansas State. First quarter. Third-and-long.

Notes: Seniors on Defense Say Goodbye to Autzen in Style

Source: GoDucks
Oregon's senior class wins its 44th game in the last four years, and for the 56th time in the last five years, beating Colorado 44-10 on Saturday.

End of an era at Autzen, but much work remains for Mariota, Ducks

Source: CSNNW
"There's so many things that flash through your mind and probably 98 percent of it is not football," Helfrich said. "The reason that the tears come, and the pride, and the not football. It's a vehicle for a lot of great things."

Oregon defeats Colorado 44-10 on Senior Day

Source: Daily Emerald
Just like his surprise to return to Oregon this year, Mariota and head coach Mark Helfrich had one more trick up their sleeve.

Marcus Mariota says likely goodbye to Autzen Stadium

Source: Daily Emerald
There was 13:21 left in the game when Marcus Mariota jogged out to begin Oregon’s drive from its own five-yard line.

Marcus Mariota makes emotional exit at Autzen Stadium

In all likelihood, Marcus Mariota played his last game at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon WR Darren Carrington catches pass that deflected off defender's foot (GIF)

Source: Yahoo Sports
Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington made one of the more unique catches of the season late in the first half against Colorado.

"Jesus, Girls, and Marcus Mariota"

Source: KEZI9TV
After Oregon's 44-10 win over Colorado, a (sixth grade) student reporter asked Mark Helfrich if Marcus Mariota would be returning to school next season. The back-and-forth, which included a reference to "Jesus, girls, and Marcus Mariota" was hilarious.

Winners and losers: Top teams take care of business heading into rivalry weekend

Source: Yahoo Sports
WINNERS: Marcus Mariota: Maybe spread QBs winning the Heisman is getting a little obvious. Maybe you could argue that Mariota’s crowning would almost feel more like a lifetime achievement award. ... Get your “Jesus, Girls, and Marcus Mariota” posters while they’re hot.

Mariota has 4 TDs and Ducks beat Buffaloes 44-10

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Mariota got his curtain call at Autzen Stadium. "I think they're the best football team (in the country). I don't care what anybody says, because he's the best quarterback in the nation. ... "

22 November

Mariota or Winston 1st QB in the NFL

Is Marcus TOO nice?

Ducks show they can finish

Source: Register Guard
No. 14 Oregon hands 17th-ranked UCLA a three-set loss Friday at Matthew Knight Arena

Ducks rocket to victory over Toledo

Source: Register Guard
Dana Altman spent the week making sure everyone knew Toledo was not just another mid-major team that Oregon would be expected to blow away.

Can the Buffs stampede Oregon’s home finale?

Source: Register Guard
Oregon will celebrate 17 seniors during the home finale. Fans were also encouraged to say mahalo to Marcus Mariota by picking up green and yellow leis at The Duck Store this week.

Tenacious Ducks Give Altman His 100th Victory at Oregon

Oregon made all the hustle plays Friday evening to deny visiting Toledo, 78-68, in Matthew Knight Arena.

Will Colorado backup QB Gehrke get meaningful snaps against Oregon?

Source: Denver Post
The biggest question hovering over the Colorado football team as it takes on No. 3 Oregon is a simple "Will he or won't he?"

CU football: No ducking long odds for Buffs

They're not quite polar opposites anymore. The Colorado Buffaloes are gaining ground on the rest of the Pac-12, including No. 3 Oregon.

Mailbag: Humbug to Pac-12 pride

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
"Thank you to Kevin Gemmell for writing the following: "This league's coaches rarely talk about what's good for the conference. ..."

As Oregon Ducks' Doug Brenner takes center stage, a scar doesn't hold him back

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- The story of Doug Brenner's ear-to-ear scar is one he relies on others to tell.

Oregon Ducks pass big early test with win over Toledo: 5 takeaways

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- Extend the streak to three. The Oregon Ducks defeated the Toledo Rockets 78-68 on Friday to improve their record to 3-0 to start the season.

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota's performances at Autzen, by the numbers

Source: CSNNW
Saturday will be Mariota's 22nd start at Autzen during his storied career. Interestingly, most of his best statistical performances did not occur at Autzen.

Oregon men’s basketball overcomes first test with 78-68 win against Toledo

Source: Daily Emerald
With 2:39 left to play and Oregon clinging to a six-point lead, the Ducks were looking for some sort of spark to put the game out of reach and get the victory.

No. 14 Oregon volleyball sweeps No. 17 UCLA in revenge match

Source: Daily Emerald
No. 14 Oregon volleyball dominated No. 17 UCLA in straight sets behind superb defense and a balanced attack on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena

Mariota might be playing his last game at Autzen

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Many people believe that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is bound for the NFL after this season is over.

Mac & Mose - Colorado Preview

Source: GoDucksdotcom
It seems like forever since Oregon has been on the field. This group of seniors will be missed.

Oregon Football Practice Report: Nov. 21

It’s the elephant in the room, so when writing about UO scout-team receiver Jeff Bieber, let’s get the subject of his name out of the way right off the bat.

21 November

Pre’s People

Source: Oregon Quarterly
Nearly 40 years after Steve Prefontaine's death, the track star's legacy stretches far beyond Hayward Field, inspiring runners of every stripe.

Facts-5, Myths-0

Source: Oregon Quarterly
Five myths about UO athletics that we think deserve debunking

College Football Total QBR - 2014 Season Leaders

Source: ESPN
1 Marcus Mariota, ORE (90.9) 2 Blake Sims, ALA (88.5) 3 J.T. Barrett, OSU (87.8) 4 Taysom Hill, BYU (85.0) 5 Nick Marshall, AUB (84.8) 6 Justin Thomas, GT (84.0) 7 Jameis Winston, FSU (81.4) 8 Cody Kessler, USC ( 81.4) 9 Kenny Hill, TA&M (81.3) 10 Zach Terrell, WMU (80.4)

Oregon's Marcus Mariota: A nice guy finishing fast

Source: USA Today
Mariota insists any edge created is unintentional. He says he's just trying to "display good sportsmanship," to play the game the way it's supposed to be played.

Murky 'Game Control' stat becomes a tool for playoff committee

Source: CBS Sports
Although there is an ESPN metric for game control, Long said there is no statistic for it listed on the team sheets committee members receive each week.

Next Man In

Source: Register Guard
Evan Baylis is ready to step up after Pharaoh Brown’s leg injury

Ducks hope they can trim Spruce

Source: Register Guard
The Colorado receiver, a Biletnikoff Award finalist, is the Buffaloes’ go-to guy on offense

Ducks begin tough slate with Toledo today

Source: Register Guard
Toledo received three votes in this week’s USA Today coaches poll, but Dana Altman thinks they deserved more.

A difficult recovery ahead

Source: Register Guard
“The Lord don’t put no more on you than you can handle,” (Pharaoh Brown's mother) said. “It’s just another part of his story.”

A solid Number 2

Source: Register Guard
UO’s Eric Jenkins teams with Edward Cheserek to form a solid 1-2

CU football: No doubting Henderson's heart

Buffs cornerback sets tone with durability, dependability


The five finalists include P/WR/PR Scott Harding (University of Hawai’i), LB Hau’oli Kikaha (University of Washington), QB Marcus Mariota (University of Oregon), DE Nate Orchard (University of Utah) and QB Anu Solomon (University of Arizona).

Oregon Ducks' tackle Jake Fisher a semifinalist for Outland Trophy

...semifinalists for the award, in alphabetical order: Malcom Brown, Texas defensive tackle; Reese Dismukes, Auburn center; Spencer Drango, Baylor offensive tackle; Jake Fisher, Oregon offensive tackle; Tré Jackson, Florida State offensive guard; and Brandon Scherff, Iowa offensive tackle.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota named finalist for Pop Warner Award

ORLANDO, FL – University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Stanford University safety Jordan Richards, University of Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and University of Florida center Max Garcia were named finalists for the fifth annual Pop Warner National College Football Award.

Patriots re-embrace Blount after release by Steelers

About 24 hours after Jonas Gray ran for 201 yards on 37 carries in Indianapolis, LeGarrette Blount was stomping off the field in Tennessee after not touching the ball once.

GameDay: Secondary Coach John Neal – The Godfather of the D-Boyz

Source: Daily Emerald
In 2006, former Oregon defensive back Matthew Harper coined the name D-Boyz for the defensive backs group and it has stuck ever since.

Reliever Jordan Spencer no longer with Oregon baseball

Source: Daily Emerald
No reason was given for Spencer’s departure.

Oregon Football Practice Report: Nov. 20

From frequent phone calls to teammates wearing his jersey, Pharaoh Brown remains prominent around the Oregon football team as the season goes on this week.


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