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Sportsdesk: Oregon Ducks Must Be Road Warriors to Make NCAA Tournament

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The Oregon Ducks have once again rebooted their NCAA Tournament chances this season with a complete game win over UCLA on Saturday afternoon.

SportsDesk: Mariota Moves On – Saying Goodbye Is Hard, Saying ‘Thank You’ Is Easier

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Mariota set the bar pretty high with the Oregon Ducks and he will have very big shoes to fill. In looking at the talent that Oregon has in the pipeline for next season filling the hole could bring some growing pains for the Oregon Ducks next season.

SportsDesk: Dream Season Ends With Shattered Perception….Decisions Loom

Marcus Mariota | (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

Regardless of Mariota’s choice, Oregon is loaded with talent for next season. On Offense Running Backs Thomas Tyner and Royce Freeman return, along with a big play Wide Receiver who was out this season with injury in Bralon Addison. On Defense, Armstead is gone, along with Senior Defensive End Tony Washington, and Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

SportsDesk: Oregon Basketball Show Grit in Non-Conference As Pac-12 Season Begins

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Attendance this season has been solid. Over four-thousand in attendance for each game of the non-conference home slate can only start to tell the tale. If Oregon can start the Pac-12 season out at 2-0 the cautious optimism that surrounds this team will shift. Altman is the Coach that can make that happen.

SportsDesk: If Oregon Ducks QB Leaves Who Else May Depart?

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f the Junior Quarterback decides to depart some of the key players this season could follow. On the Offensive Line Senior Hamani Stevens who played two roles on the Line this season will also depart, leaving a big hole to fill for 2015. We already know that Doug Brenner is the heir apparent to the Center position which will be left vacant by departing Senior Hroniss Grasu.

Solving the ‘Stanford Problem’ Is Key To Oregon Ducks Playoff Hopes

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If Oregon can have a complete game Defensively as it has Offensively this season against Stanford, many of the questions of the last few weeks will be answered and Oregon will remain on track. If the Oregon Ducks win out, they will be in the College Football Playoff.

SportsDesk: Oregon Ducks Win vs Cal, But Lose ‘The All Important Perception’ of Finishing

Marcus Mariota | (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

Oregon could face one more ranked team this season before the Pac-12 Championship Game in Utah, who they visit on November 9th. Utah is feisty and will play USC on Saturday. Oregon needs to dominate from this point on to have a legitimate chance at a National Title this season, or we could have another week of top team losses for Oregon to move up.

SportsDesk: Oregon Knows About ‘The Pick’, Does The Rest of the Country Care?

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If Oregon had the lead back in 1994 before the interception, would the play be remembered the same way? If it wasn’t, what play would be in it’s place to last for twenty years?

SportsDesk: Will the Pac-12 Beat Itself Out of the National Championship? It Appears That Way

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This week Arizona, who beat Oregon, will face the USC Trojans and could lose. Stanford hosts Washington State and the top passing offense in the nation. Week in and week out there will be more than one game that can go either way. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You have to play the games on the field and not on paper.

SportsDesk: Lay Off the Oregon Ducks Defense and Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

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t is now more, “Let me see if I can limit our mistakes on the defensive side of the ball and we can outscore you on offense.” vs “Our defense will pitch a shutout every game.” With the Oregon Ducks the first clearly applies here.

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