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Thoroughbred Seminoles outpace upset bid in Louisville, 42-31

Oregon almost hit a longshot daily double, but the 30-1 nag they took a flyer on in the first race threw a shoe on the home stretch. Though Louisville gave Florida State a run for their money last night, a pre-Breeder’s Cup dream turned into a ripped ticket for the Ducks. The Cardinals jumped out […]

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How to turn Oregon’s Stanford problem into Stanford’s Oregon problem

Both of Oregon’s losses to Stanford over the last two seasons have been really close. Execute better, finish drives, and pressure Kevin Hogan into a couple of mistakes, and Saturday can be a much better result. The keys to a Oregon victory are simple, not to be confused with easy: 1. Establish Royce Freeman and […]

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Can Scott Frost and the Oregon coaches figure out Stanford, this time around?

Never approach any great task with a spirit of fear, but always strive to know your opponent. Saturday night the Ducks face 4-3, unranked Stanford, who have beaten and dominated them for two straight seasons. The temperature at kickoff will be 58 degrees with a chance of light rain. Oregon’s defense has struggled to stop […]

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The fundamental mistake people make in evaluating Marcus Mariota, or anyone

Yesterday Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel of si.com’s “Inside Read” Column posted an interview with an anonymous NFL scout, who questioned whether Marcus Mariota was too nice to make it in the NFL Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota is expected to declare for the draft and could be the No. 1 overall pick. Mariota will […]

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Oregon football tickets up 17% for matchup vs Stanford

The Oregon Ducks (7-1), who rank No. 5 in the most recent AP Poll, will look for their fourth straight win when they host the slugging Stanford Cardinal (5-3). Oregon’s offense, which has scored 40+ points in three straight games, put up 59 points en-route to a convincing 59-42 road victory over the California Bears. […]

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The glaring hole in Oregon recruiting, and how it haunts the Ducks

In 2009 Oregon made a commitment to a cutting-edge, pro-style 3-4/4-3 hybrid defense, a shifting front intended to pose problems for the offense and take full advantage of the Ducks athleticism, but one that also posed problems in executing it. Kenny Rowe was the first hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end. Beginning in the 2009 Rose Bowl […]

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Scouting The Cardinal: This isn’t the Tyler Gaffney and Shane Skov show anymore

by Adam Vinton, from reader comments Against Oregon State, Stanford did the majority of their damage in the first half. They scored 10 points in the second. On offense, Stanford threw slants and misdirection at the defense. When ASU beat Stanford, their offense was what you typically think of when you think Stanford: run straight […]

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This time, the Ducks need to go full-Mariota

After all the modeling, analysis, statistical projections and gelled-hair experts’ expulsions through their pie hole, Stanford and Oregon will play a football game. There will be a lot of talk about Oregon’s “Stanford problem” and The Cardinal’s physical toughness, but talk never made a first down or denied one. This weekend Jon Wilner of the […]

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It’s time the Oregon Ducks lit up the Stanford Cardinal

Elite sports performance is a delicate balance. An athlete has to be focused for competition, completely in the moment, but not so “psyched up” that it inhibits their natural gifts. Scott Frost thinks the Ducks have lost that balance in the last two years versus Stanford. Some of the blame has to go to dropping […]

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For coaches, it’s a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world

Even geniuses get the blues. Yesterday in Glendale, Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles fell 24-20 to the Cardinals. Kelly’s team had 521 yards of offense and 27 first downs, but the dreaded self-inflicted wounds, three turnovers and 103 yards of penalties, dropped them to 5-2. They built a 20-17 lead before Phoenix quarterback Carson […]

The fundamental problem with the Oregon defense, and how to fix it

There’s a famous scene in Rocky II where Burgess Meredith is training Rocky for the rematch with Apollo Creed and he growls in that marvelous “taking the one-eyed snake to the optometrist” voice, “Ya gotta be quick like a chicken.” Mickey then releases an ordinary white chicken in a dusty alley and makes the reluctant […]

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