Ducks face Bears, this time without the sheets of slantwise rain

Next up for the Ducks is the Cal Bears after an abbreviated week of practice, 7:15 Friday night in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. Cal features an improved gun-slinging quarterback in Jared Goff. He’s operated Sonny Dykes’ Bear Raid offense masterfully as a 2nd-year starter, 24 touchdown […]


Playoff picture muddled one week before first vote

Next week the College Football Playoff Committee releases their first ballot, and while the Ducks are clearly in the argument at 6-1, it’s a muddled picture. Action on the field should sort this out but right now there are four undefeateds and 15 one-loss teams in the Top 25. Hopefully the committee takes in to […]


Voice of the fan: any day is a good day to beat the Dawgs

by Mike Hayden “Walking the dog I’m just a walking the dog.  If you don’t know how to do it I’ll show you how to walk the dog”. OK I’ll admit I was a little nervous before the game and now I am embarrassed for being so.  I should have known the Huskies would circle […]


Ducks poised for title run, but have to remain watchful on the wall

Winter is coming. Stark words indeed, and made more so by the realization that there are just five games left in the college football season. The Ducks have put themselves in perfect position to win the PAC-12 North and make the first Division One playoff, but they have to endure some night watches to make […]

Washington at Oregon, game thread

Arik Armstead is in uniform, with his ankle heavily taped, taking warm-up reps with the first unit. Temperature at game time is 79 degrees, 10 percent chance of rain. Ducks are in the 1994 throwback uniforms complete with yellow facemasks.


Day in college football includes several games with Duckplications

Week 8 of college football features several games that impact the Ducks in their chase for college football’s first playoff. Of course the chase no longer has relevance if Oregon slips up against Washington tonight in Autzen Stadium. The Huskies bring a tough defense, a sound running game and two explosive wide receivers to the […]

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A lesson from history, on revenge in full measure

Long before Shakespeare got hold of his legend, Julius Caesar was abducted by pirates on the Aegean Sea. He was 25, on his way to Rhodes to study Rhetoric. The pirates demanded a ransom of 20 talents (620 kilograms of silver) equal to more than half a million dollars at the present price of silver. […]


Oregon football recruiting: Ducks live and die in L.A.

When Oregon went out for the coin toss Saturday afternoon in the Rose Bowl, their captains were Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Hroniss Grasu, Derrick Malone and Tony Washington, all products of Southern California high schools. The Ducks recruit nationally now, but they live and die in L.A. Unlike William Freidkin’s 1985 movie, the game didn’t star Mark […]


The crazy continues as another road team prevails in the PAC-12

Last night in Corvallis, Devontae Booker chugged 19 yards for a touchdown in double overtime as the Utah beat Oregon State 29-23. In all Booker ran for 229 yards and three scores for the victorious Utes, which used a swarming, physical defense to neutralize the Beaver passing game. They led 9-6 at the end of […]


A hero faces a thousand obstacles, the first remaining true to himself

In his seminal 1949 book The Hero With a Thousand Faces mythologist Joseph Campbell explores the hero’s quest, the archetypal journey where an adventurous young man leaves home, overcomes obstacles, achieves great things and returns to bless his tribe with newfound wisdom. It is the journey of a college football player, the universal story that […]


Time to bring the train and the train don’t stop

Today John Canzano of the Oregonian has a column suggesting Oregon-Washington is no longer a rivalry because the Ducks have dominated the series so completely, winners of ten in a row and 15 of the last 19. Hogwash. A cycle of dominance doesn’t erase the long history of open enmity or the intensity between the […]

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Oregon football tickets down 29% this week for game vs Washington

The Oregon Ducks (5-1), who rank No. 9 in the most recent AP Poll, will host the Washington Huskies (5-1) on Saturday. Both teams are coming off impressive road victories in Pac-12 play. After suffering their first defeat, Oregon bounced back by routing UCLA 42-30 at the Rose Bowl. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 210 […]


Three questions for Saturday’s tailgate

Are you kidding me? Dak Prescott has a big lead in ESPN’s “Heismanology” poll after leading Mississippi State to a number one ranking and a 6-0 start. It’s not surprising with the ESPN/SEC bromance, but the Bulldogs remaining games? Bye, 5-1 Kentucky, 3-3 Arkansas, FCS Tennessee-Martin, #7 Alabama,  2-5 Vanderbilt, #3 Ole Miss. Prescott threw […]