Ducks try to pioneer a return to the Top 25 with improving play

This week Oregon inserts the Duck Lenin-like into the tableau of Lewis and Clark, rewriting the nascent history of the country as they try to rewrite their own. A team left for dead like a dehydrated ox on the unforgiving plain revived itself last weekend with a 41-24 victory over Colorado. Really it was a […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 05: DeForest Buckner #44 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates in front of fans during the first half of the PAC-12 Championships against the Arizona Wildcats at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Ducks face Colorado in pivotal bounce-back test

Great seasons are always improbable, magical stories where resolve triumphs over ruin. Nobody gave the Ducks a chance after last year’s loss against Arizona, the 2011 thumping by LSU, or the disaster on the blue turf in 2009. Go back 35-40 years and Oregon football was a laughingstock and a target for ridicule, a weekly […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 26: An Oregon Ducks fan sits in the stands as the time winds down in the third quarter of the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

An era ends in Autzen as Ducks succumb to Utes, 62-20

With brilliant execution, clever play designs and physical toughness, Utah demolished Oregon 62-20 Saturday night in Autzen Stadium. It was the worst Oregon loss since the bad old days, one that prompted commentators to reach for comparisons, whether to a 59-14 drubbing by Arizona State in 2003, a 1977 beatdown by Washington 54-0, or Boise […]


Ducks ready for conference play with big questions

The struggles of the Oregon defense are nothing new and not unique in college football. The Ducks gave up yards and points in previous years to Wyoming and Arkansas State. The defense struggles every season to find its rhythm and backbone, learn the system and get used to live tackling. Concern over injuries and NCAA […]

Oregon Ducks Pac-12 Schedule Begins Against Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium

A week removed from their first loss of the season dealt by the now-No. 2-ranked Michigan State Spartans, the Oregon Ducks took their frustrations out on Georgia State before starting their Pac-12 schedule. In their final non-conference game of the season, the Ducks put up 61 points for already the second time this year (also […]

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 12:  Vernon Adams Jr. #3 of the Oregon Ducks during their game at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Fickle finger of fate threatens to end run of excellence for 1-1 Ducks

Bothered by a broken index finger on his passing hand, Vernon Adams needed a cortisone shot before the Michigan State game, wore gloves during the game and a splint after. He says it didn’t bother him and that he wouldn’t use it as an excuse, but his delivery was noticeably off during the game, missing […]

during their game at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan.

Upset win sails just out of Ducks’ reach. What now?

As a fan the impulse is strong to look for someone to blame after a loss, particularly during a long glorious period when your team doesn’t lose very often. Certainly there were breakdowns and things to assess honestly in Oregon’s 31-28 road loss to #5 Michigan State, and part of being an informed fan is […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 05:  Running back Royce Freeman #21 of the Oregon Ducks stiff arms defensive lineman Kaleb Levao #97 of the Eastern Washington Eagles during the second quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Are big-play V.A. and that leaky Oregon secondary ready for prime time?

We’ll know more in 36 hours, but there’s hope for the Oregon secondary. In 2011 injuries forced John Neal to start two freshmen cornerbacks against USC, and Matt Barkley, Marqise Lee and Robert Woods torched the Ducks for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 38-35 upset victory that cost the Ducks a shot at […]

KALAMAZOO, MI - SEPTEMBER 4: Zach Terrell #11 of the Western Michigan Broncos is sacked by Riley Bullough #30 of the Michigan State Spartans in the second half at Waldo Stadium on September 4, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Broncos 37-24. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

This is Sparta. Will the Ducks come home bearing their shield, or on it?

Beware the rematch. Among two good teams, it almost always favors the team that lost. In the only  nonconference game this season between two Top Ten teams, ESPN Game Day will be in East Lansing for Saturday’s Oregon vs Michigan State clash. The Spartans are bringing in 200 recruits for official and unofficial visits. While […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Cooper Kupp #10 of the Eastern Washington Eagles can't quite hold on to the ball as safety Juwaan Williams #17 of the Oregon Ducks closes in during the fourth quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Ducks roll to 61 and 1-0, but defense is head-in-the-hands bad

Michigan State is a much bigger test, and the Ducks know that. In their week one victory over Eastern Washington the #7 Webfoots displayed the offensive explosiveness and versatility that have made them one of the most consistent and exciting teams in college football, but the defense struggled to stop a Big Sky team with […]

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 18:  Wide receiver Bralon Addison #11 of the Oregon Ducks is hoisted up in the air by offensive linesman Nick Cody #61 after Addison scored a 6 yard touchdown reception against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on October 18, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Meet the new Ducks. Not the same as the old Ducks

Every year you get reborn. Today the 2015 Ducks run through the tunnel for the first time, and the anticipation and optimism will reach a crescendo, a roar as loud as the Harley and the foghorn and an Autzen capacity crowd on its feet. Elsewhere you can read about the uncertainty and the question marks […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Wide receiver Cooper Kupp #10 of the Eastern Washington Eagles scores a touchdown against defensive back Kevin King #20 of the Washington Huskies on September 6, 2014 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Finally, college football and an end to talk, predictions and exposes

Beau Baldwin’s Eastern Washington squad is young on defense, where they will start as many as five freshmen on Saturday. The offense is experienced, led by All-American wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Quarterback Jordan West started four games last season when Vernon Adams was out with a broken ankle and threw for over 1072 yards, with […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Quarterback Cyler Miles #10 of the Washington Huskies rushes against the Eastern Washington Eagles on September 6, 2014 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Ducks search for consistency while Eagles look to send a message

The way to beat a spread team is with disruption. Oregon’s offense has been prolific over the last eight seasons, but their handful of losses reveals a common pattern. It’s a tempo offense, designed to move the chains with quick positive gains and then strike quickly. With its wide splits and the ball tossed and […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. #3 of the Eastern Washington Eagles rushes against the Washington Huskies on September 6, 2014 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Three puffs of smoke released from the Hatfield-Dowlin: Adams starts vs. EWU

Consider how crazy talented the Ducks are, then consider this: 2016 verbal commit at wide receiver Dillon Mitchell had over 200 yards and six touchdowns in the first game of his senior year last night. Mitchell’s from Tennessee, another national recruiting coup for Oregon. That thoroughness in talent hunting is much in evidence as the […]

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 14:  Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans drops back to pass in the first half of a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on August 14, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Eight days a week, the Ducks pursue excellence

The Ducks are one Marcus Mariota away from kicking off the college football season, eight days until the first snap. Whatever decisions come out of the Hatfield-Dowlin Center in terms of the starting quarterback, the depth chart and the roster, Oregon fans have to appreciate the genuine class Jeff Lockie has displayed in his battle […]

Oregon Ducks Are In Top-Seven For Best Odds To Win Second-Ever CFP

The Oregon Ducks were on the brink of history as they made it all the way to the conclusion of the first-ever College Football Playoff, but were cut short by the Ohio State Buckeyes in the National Championship game. However the Ducks are clearly in the conversation for a title once again, as Las Vegas […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 13:  Rodney Hardick #48 of the Oregon Ducks leads the team onto the field against the Wyoming Cowboys at Autzen Stadium on September 13, 2014  in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The secret sauce of Oregon football

A variety of commentators from All-time Ohio State great Eddie George to Comcast Northwest’s Aaron Fentress have predicted the Ducks will take a step back this year. Watch out for Stanford, Rachel Barbeau of Sirius Satellite radio says. USC is the team that can make the college football playoff from the PAC-12, George Schroeder of […]