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

Byron Marshall Runs through a shoestring tackle  | Photo by Gary Breedlove

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?


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


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


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.

Pac-12 Weekend: All Eyes on Oregon State at USC


With the Oregon Ducks on a much needed ‘bye’ week, the rest of the Pac-12 Conference is in full force with five games this weekend. One game is already in the books with UCLA taking care of business against Arizona State in the desert 62-27 on Thursday night. There are some important Saturday games including Washington hosting Stanford and USC playing host to the Oregon State Beavers at the Coliseum.

Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston: From Hero to Moron in 15 Seconds


Florida State and Clemson kickoff on Saturday night at 5pm Pacific Time on ABC. Jameis Winston will again miss the first half. Oregon and Washington State kickoff over on ESPN at 7:30pm Pacific Time.

Oregon Defensive Coordinator Don Pellum Talks Cougars

DC Don Pellum

photo-Dave Peaks

This week the Oregon Defense faces a different monster in Halliday and Oregon may be on their toes according to Pellum, “When you face an offense that spreads the ball out and throws it down the field you have to play with great intensity because if someone misses a tackle it can become a bugger play. Everyone is going to have to tackle.”

Oregon Fall Sports Season Begins in Earnest on Friday

The Oregon Duck patrols the sidelines in 2013. Alex Shoemaker/Eugene Daily News

If your a fan of the Oregon Ducks it is quickly coming up on the time of the year where there will be plenty of action to follow. Volleyball and Football start the season this weekend.

Oregon Fall Camp Continues As Mariota And Company Look to ‘Perfect Their Game’

Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich talk to the media during Spring Practice//KPNWSports

On Tuesday, Helfrich spoke about Quarterback Marcus Mariota as a leader for this team, as he has been in years past and how teammates rally around him. We all know the kind of special talent that Mariota is, but when it comes to coaching that talent.

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