Oregon has always been a team of ‘next man up’, however there is something to be said about gaining experience in actual games. This team has that this season, with each player at Defensive Back. While it is a big loss for Ekpre-Olomu to not be on the field, the team will be okay.
Mariota did not just win the Heisman, he pretty much won it by a landslide. He was named on over ninety percent of all ballots. He is not only the first to win the award from the University of Oregon, but also to win the award from the State of Hawaii
Oregon finished the season ranked second in the College Football Playoff Top 25. The final ranking of the Top Four included Alabama at one, Oregon at two, Florida State at three and Ohio State from the Big Ten coming in fourth. Mark Helfrich and Company are in the perfect spot in the College Football Playoff.
I like to spend time on the field prior to the game. I usually find several players warming up and you see what they look like without helmets on. I usually see the same players out but this time Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner were out going through some drills.
Being at the Pac 12 Championship football game was an amazing experience. Being a photographer on the sideline was an even more amazing experience. Being part of the media group on the field is something I won’t forget.
This was absolutely the best game and road trip I’ve ever participated in. A group of six of us traveled south on Thursday to cover the championship game.
Over the last two weeks Mariota has been accountable for eleven touchdowns including several to Freshman which bodes well for the team moving forward. Another Freshman, Running Back Royce Freeman had his eighth one-hundred yard rushing performance of the year against Arizona
Earlier this week the Pac-12 Conference announced Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year. Mariota was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Arizona’s Scooby Wright was named Defensive Player of the Year.
If revenge is a dish best served cold it may also, along with a relatively speaking frigid temperature, be a wet and windy Friday evening in early December in the Bay Area when the Ducks play the Arizona Wildcats (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
It is now Championship Week in College Football. Alabama faces Missouri on Saturday. Ohio State takes on Wisconsin on Saturday and the Pac-12 Championship Game is Friday Night with Oregon and Arizona. Arizona comes into the standings at number seven with Oregon at two. The game will be the only game this weekend with a Top Ten matchup.