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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 ..."

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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).

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 (through spring 2014). (...and 2/3rd's of the way to 4 years)


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...

Catch Up ...

4 May

Marcus Mariota too nice for NFL? No way, says coach

Source: The Tennessean
Marcus Mariota is too nice to be a successful NFL quarterback.

10 things that will be different in 2015 after the NFL Draft

Source: Fox Sports
6. Philadelphia's passing offense will be better even without Marcus Mariota at quarterback. | 10. There is hope once again in Tampa Bay and Tennessee.

How well do the NFL's newest quarterbacks fit with clubs that drafted them?

Source: USA Today
Breaking into the NFL as a young quarterback may be tougher than ever, whether you're a first rounder or undrafted. | Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans: Can Mariota assimilate coach Ken Whisenhunt's complex playbook? Will he be comfortable in the pocket, in the huddle and leading much older men in the locker room? Does he have sufficient playmakers around him to elevate the Titans from the league's depths?

SSE: Andrew Greif on Oregon 2015 spring game (5/3/15)

EUGENE, Oregon - Andrew Grief, Oregon Ducks beat writer for the Oregonian, joins KEZI 9 Sunday Sports Extra to dissect Oregon's 2015 spring game and discuss the biggest take-aways from Saturday's game.

Cardinal hand costly defeat to Oregon

Source: Register Guard
Winning two out of three games usually makes for a successful weekend in college baseball, but not when it ends with a devastating defeat.

Ducks wrap up another sweep

Source: Register Guard
Oregon played its final regular-season game at Howe Field on Sunday afternoon, but don’t prep the old stadium for demolition just yet.

See you in August

Source: Register Guard
Now that everyone has taken a sneak peek at the 2015 Ducks, it’s time for the players to improve individually and develop team chemistry when the coaches aren’t looking.

Oregon's Jeff Lockie states his case to be next starting quarterback in efficient spring game

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE — With the quarterback of Oregon's past watching from the sidelines and possibly its future signal-caller observing from the stands, Jeff Lockie served notice that the Ducks' present is in capable hands.

Chip Kelly: Eagles 'weren't close' to trade for Dion Jordan

Kelly did admit the two sides had discussed a deal, but the talks occurred in February — not last week, shortly before Jordan was suspended for next season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Jeff Lockie did a lot during Oregon's spring game, but not enough

Source: CSNNW
The Oregon Ducks could win with Jeff Lockie at quarterback. They might even be able to contend for the Pac-12 title.

Oregon run-rules No. 18 Cal 17-1 en route to series sweep

Source: Daily Emerald
Even head coach Mike White was surprised. No. 2 Oregon tallied 17 runs on 19 hits to run-rule No. 18 California Sunday in the final regular season game at Howe Field, sweeping the series and sending its seniors out in style.

Injuries at a cost, the inherent risks that come with football

Source: Daily Emerald
“If we’re sitting here and I had to choose, would I take a concussion right now or would I want my knee blown out?” New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski asked on Showtime’s Jim Rome Show on April 2. “I’m going to say a concussion.”

Francis Wins Gold at World Relays

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Oregon track and field alum Phyllis Francis represented the United States for the first time of her career at the IAAF/BTC World Relays this weekend and brought home a gold medal as part of the women’s 4x400 relay.

Late Stanford Rally Forces Ducks To Settle For Two Of Three

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon's typically reliable back of the bullpen had a rare misstep Sunday, allowing four runs over the final two innings as Stanford came from behind to win 6-5 at PK Park and avoid being swept by the Ducks.

3 May

2015 NFL draft grades

San Francisco 49ers: B- | Tennessee Titans: B | Chicago Bears: B | Cincinnati Bengals: B+

Lockie shines, sets up two-man QB competition for Ducks

Source: Statesman Journal
EUGENE – After two years backing up Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, junior quarterback Jeff Lockie is making his case for Oregon's starting job.

2015 NFL Draft Grades: Jags, Dolphins, Ravens, Cardinals score highest

Source: CBS Sports
Chicago Bears: ... they got two starters in White and third-round center Hroniss Grasu. Grade: B | Cincinnati Bengals: The two tackles they took were Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher. They are good players, but they won't help this year. Grade: B+ | Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles didn't make the big move to go up and get Marcus Mariota, although they tried, so they kept their picks. Grade: B+ | San Francisco 49ers: They landed a player in Arik Armstead in the first round who has the boom-or-bust ability. Grade: C | Tennessee Titans: The way Mariota develops will be what ultimately what decides this grade. Grade: C 

Showcasing Nelson sends a message

Source: Register Guard
fter Oregon’s spring game, the mission should be clear for the rest of the Pac-12. Find something Charles Nelson can’t do. Go ahead, try. Take the summer and think about it. Report back in September with your findings. Because until someone proves otherwise, it’s clear Nelson should be doing everything for Oregon.

A spring statement

Source: Register Guard
Your move, Vernon. Jeff Lockie publicly separated himself from the pack during Saturday’s spring game, completing all nine passes he threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pathway team to a 35-29 victory against the Oregon team in front of 35,808 at Autzen Stadium.

Ducks turn the power on Bears

Source: Register Guard
With four games left in the regular season and just a one-game lead on UCLA in the Pac-12 standings, this is no time for Oregon to have a letdown. Good thing the Ducks haven’t had one in a month.

Oregon Ducks receive Rose Bowl rings after spring game

Source: OregonLive
The rings are big. They're shiny. And they were a perfect cap to the spring for many of Oregon's hard working players.

Oregon quarterback Travis Jonsen talks about his first spring game experience (VIDEO)

Source: OregonLive
In the video ... freshman quarterback Travis Jonsen talks about his first spring game experience.

Bryce Youngquist, 4-star LB, names Oregon Ducks his leader after visit

Source: OregonLive
247Sports four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist entered his Oregon Ducks visit hoping to be wowed by the atmosphere of the spring game. It's safe to say Oregon delivered, as the Los Osos High School (Rancho Cucamonga, California) product named the Ducks his leader Saturday evening despite recent trips to Washington State and Oregon State. "I would have to say they are No. 1 right now," he said.

Troy Hill, key piece in Oregon Ducks' defensive backfield, signs with Cincinnati Bengals

Source: OregonLive
Former Oregon defensive back Troy Hill was not picked in the 2015 NFL draft but signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals shortly after the draft ended Saturday. (Also: Former Oregon Ducks linebacker Tony Washington has signed a free agent contract with the Houston Texans and Dior Mathis with the Steelers. )

Oregon Ducks spring game: De'Anthony Thomas, Josh Huff join recruits on sideline

Source: OregonLive
Here's a quick rundown of who was spotted prior to kickoff. Of note, this is not everyone who is expected to be in Eugene, just the players verified by sight prior to the game.

Oregon spring game sheds light on QB competition

Source: CSNNW
The quarterback position was highly scrutinized in today's Spring Game. (VIDEO)

Nelson A Two-Way Star In Saturday's Spring Game

There were times, during Oregon’s Spring Game on Saturday, when sophomore Charles Nelson looked over to the sideline for a play call and got confused.

Addison's Return A Welcome Sight For Ducks And Fans

When the two teams for Saturday’s Spring Game broke off for brief practice time together Wednesday, the coaching staff flipped deep into the back pages of the playbook.

Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in line to collect $3M from insurance policy

Source: ESPN
When Oregon bought the policy at the start of last season, the insurance company projected that Ekpre-Olomu would be called as the No. 12 pick if he didn't get injured. ... A source with knowledge of Ekpre-Olomu's policy, written by North Carolina's International Specialty Insurance, came with a $3 million total disability policy as well as $3 million in lost value, cost the school a premium of about $40,000.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu set to collect on $3 million insurance policy

A former Oregon cornerback once considered a potential first-round pick, Ekpre-Olomu ended up being taken in the seventh round (No. 241 overall) by the Cleveland Browns, but a $3 million insurance policy protecting him from slipping in the draft triggered when the last compensatory pick of the third round -- the Cincinnati Bengals choice of TCU linebacker Paul Dawson -- was made with Ekpre-Olomu's name yet to be called.

Charles Nelson shows off as a two-way threat during Oregon spring game

Source: Daily Emerald
What is Oregon going to do with Charles Nelson?

Peterson guides Ducks to fourth straight win

Source: Daily Emerald
Oregon took the series after picking up a 7-3 win behind Cole Irvin’s seven solid innings on Friday. The Ducks swept the three-game series the last time the teams met in Eugene in 2013.

Ducks blast five home runs to run-rule No. 18 California

Source: Daily Emerald
Lauren Lindvall had no problem hitting the first pitch she saw on Saturday.

Jeff Lockie stars in Oregon spring game

Source: Yahoo Sports (AP)
''I think the spring game is way overblown in terms of its value, or the immediate impression, but yes, Jeff had a great spring,'' Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. ''I thought he did a pretty good today in terms of what he was asked to do.''  

Ducks Post Personal Bests at Payton Jordan

STANFORD, Calif. – It was quality over quantity for Oregon track and field at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Saturday, as a group of seven Ducks ran to six personal-best times.

Lockie Caps Consistent Month With Perfect Spring Game

Jeff Lockie went 3-for-3 this spring. Oregon’s most veteran quarterback moved the ball most consistently in each of the Ducks’ two scrimmages this spring prior to Saturday. In front of 35,808 in Autzen Stadium for the Spring Game, Lockie did it again, seemingly cementing his status as the leading candidate to replace departed Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota entering the summer.

Ducks Wrap Up Month Of Practices With Traditional Spring Salute

EUGENE, Ore. – Making a solid bid in his case to replace Marcus Mariota as Oregon’s starting quarterback, junior Jeff Lockie went 9-of-9 passing for 223 yards and three touchdowns in the Ducks’ Spring Game on Saturday, leading his Team Pathway to a 35-29 victory over Team Oregon.

2 May

Welcome to the 2015 NFL Draft Awards

Source: Grantland
The Most Ado About Nothing | The Least-Exhaustive Exhaustive Search | The Most Worrisome Comp That I Might Be the Only One Worried About | The Most Worrisome Comp That I Might Be the Only One Worried About | The Most Terrifying Talent Stack | The Most Confusing Talent Stack | The Nearest-to-WrestleMania Moment | Most Awkward Moment | Most Surprising Pick | Worst Landing Spot | Most Brazen Trade Request | Most Confusing Pick | Least Confusing Pick

NFL draft round 1 snaps: Titans make right move in taking Mariota at No. 2

So much for that sneaky Tennessee smokescreen. Turns out, Ken Whisenhunt and his Titans really did love Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, just like he consistently avowed for most of the past five or six weeks.

Grading Day 1 of the NFL Draft

1. Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State GRADE: B | 2. Titans: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon GRADE: A- | 17. 49ers (via San Diego): ​Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon GRADE: B-

What to watch for during Oregon's spring game

Source: Statesman Journal
Five weeks. Fourteen practices. It's been a full month of spring workouts for the Oregon football team, and there's still one big one left.

Pac-12 QB rankings: Can USC make playoff run with No. 1 QB?

Source: Fox Sports
4. Vernon Adams Jr., Sr., Oregon Ducks Adams is easily one of the nation's most intriguing quarterbacks for 2015.

Pac-12 North will get young talent infusion

Source: USA Today
With spring drills nearly complete, here are a few breakout players from the Pac-12 Conference to keep an eye on come September.

Wide receivers made Oregon's biggest question its greatest strength

Source: USA Today
EUGENE, Ore. — On April 8, 2014, after their leading returning receiver Bralon Addison tore knee ligaments in a spring workout, the University of Oregon's football coaches examined the remaining pass catchers on their roster.

LOOK: Oregon continues to dominate uniform game, unveils spring threads

Source: CBS Sports
Let's face the facts here. Oregon's spring game uniforms -- its spring game uniforms -- are better than 99 percent of what your team is going to put out there during the regular season.

Oregon’s spring game military appreciation uniforms are fantastic

Source: NBC Sports
Oregon, the kings and true innovators of the college football uniform world, will be suiting up in a unique look Saturday afternoon for the spring game. The Ducks, closing out spring practices a tad later than most, will be playing the spring game in uniforms specifically designed to honor the military. As you might expect, these Oregon uniforms have a unique spin on the tribute, and it looks awesome.

Historic first round keeps Pac-12 on the rise

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
While the SEC still probably deserves top billing, the Pac-12’s already-compelling case was strengthened Thursday when nine of its players were selected in the first round of the NFL draft -- including seven of the first 20 picks.

Oregon spring game preview

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
1. Does Jeff Lockie look like a QB who can compete with Vernon Adams this fall? | 2. Where does Thomas Tyner fit? | 3. Could this be the coming out party for some early enrollees? | 4. A player to watch: Henry Mondeaux.

Newest Titan Marcus Mariota survives rookie whirlwind

Source: The Tennessean
A day after the Titans selected Marcus Mariota with the second pick of the NFL draft, coach Ken Whisenhunt showed his young quarterback how much he likes him. When Mariota arrived in Nashville on Friday, Whisenhunt gave him the shirt off his back. OK, so it came out of the coach's closet.

Two more Ducks punch their ticket into professional football

Source: Register Guard
Fisher is taken by Cincinnati in the second round; Grasu taken in the third by Chicago. According to head coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals considered Fisher in the first round but decided to draft Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi with the No. 21 pick.

Hawkins puts talons in Cal

Source: Register Guard
Only one out had been recorded in second-ranked Oregon’s series opener against No. 18 California before Ducks coach Mike White had to make a visit to the circle to have a chat with his pitcher.

Oregon wraps up spring today

Source: Register Guard
The past and the future, Marcus Mariota and Vernon Adams, are both expected to be among the curious spectators at today’s Oregon spring game.

Titans' kicker challenges Marcus Mariota to arm-wrestle for No. 8 jersey

Source: OregonLive
Succup is already training for the big event.

New Titans QB Marcus Mariota arrives in Tennessee for introduction

Source: OregonLive
New Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota arrived in Nashville on Friday for his introductory news conference.

Hroniss Grasu headed to Chicago Bears, who select him in 3rd round of 2015 NFL draft

Source: OregonLive
He becomes the fourth Duck taken in the 2015 NFL draft, following Marcus Mariota (No. 2), Arik Armstead (No. 17) and Jake Fisher (No. 53).

Oregon starts crucial stretch on right foot with 7-3 win over Stanford

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE — With three consecutive series against the bottom of the Pac-12's barrel, the Oregon Ducks know that it's now or never when it comes to their playoff hopes.

Difined By Tradition - Challenged Through Transitions - Remembered By Milestones

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    -  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 

   -  Green and Yellow (2010) 

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