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Oregon’s Niche in the Cycle of Pac-12 Football Dominance

Over the past 50 years or so there have been many great teams in the Pac-8/10/12, but only a few teams have risen to the top to dominate the conference over an extended time period. There are common threads among...

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The Top 6 Tests Oregon Will Face in 2016

Given that the landscape of the Pac-12 has changed so dramatically it’s worthwhile to dive into the schedule and attempt to project the teams that will present the stiffest tests for Oregon. We lost to Washington State at home last year...

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The Path to Glory Is Covered in Blue-Blood

There’s been a lot of grousing about preseason rankings and critics. When did Ducks fans develop such a thin skin? Rather than pound the table, I say bring it on. To the national pundits we’re known as the Blur or...

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Six Stories For 2016 With Six Days Until Opening Day

The Super Bowl was decided last weekend, and while most of the country is lamenting the end of football, I have been counting down the days to spring. With baseball securely in the driver’s seat and only six days until...

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Fare Thee Well

Well, it looks like FishDuck.com is going away, at least in its current high content, fast moving iteration. That being the case I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you and farewell to all who have made this journey so...

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Excerpts from the FishDuck.com Mailbag

10:30 a.m. is an important time at FishDuck.com headquarters in Compton. That’s when the mail arrives. While electronic media is responsible for some of the feedback we get from readers, some folks prefer the old ways. They put pen to paper and write...

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How the Ducks’ Season Was Completely Changed by Only 10 Points

So, I’m sitting here at my couch after watching the game, mouth agape because we actually just beat Stanford. The same Ducks who lost to the freaking Cougs at home just beat the playoff bound machine from Palo Alto. And...

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This week in Pac-12 football

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POLL WATCHING: With four teams appearing in this week’s AP Poll, the Pac-12 had a streak of five or more teams in the AP Top 25 snapped at eight consecutive weeks … UTAH moves up to No. 4 in this week’s AP poll, the highest ranking ever for the Utes during the regular season. The Utes had final AP rankings of No. 2 (2004) and No. 4 (2008) following postseason play … Utah is the fourth different Pac-12 team this season to be ranked in the Top 10 … Over the last two seasons, nine different Pac-12 teams have been ranked among the AP Top 25, while six different Conference teams have been ranked among the Top 10 … With OREGON falling out of the AP poll earlier this season, the Ducks had their streak of Top 25 appearances snapped at 98 weeks. It had been the nation’s second-longest active streak.

ALL-PURPOSE: STANFORD sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey is currently second in the FBS with 229.8 all-purpose yards per game. Since 1978, only four other Conference players have averaged 200 or more all-purpose yards per game for an entire season – USC’s Marcus Allen in 1981 (232.6 avg), Stanford’s Glyn Milburn in 1990 (202.0 avg), USC’s Reggie Bush in 2005 (222.3 avg) and USC’s Marqise Lee in 2012 (206.4 avg). Coincidentally, Milburn’s teammate in 1990 was Ed McCaffrey (father of Christian), who had 61 receptions for 917 yards and a Conference-leading 91.7 receiving yards per game that season.

PAC-12 NETWORK TO TAB ALL-CENTURY TEAM: The Pac-12 Network will honor the Conference’s 100-year anniversary with the selection of an All-Century team. Each Tuesday on the Network’s Inside Pac-12 Football show, the finalists/top 10 vote getters for each position as selected by a panel comprised of media, former players, coaches and administrators will be unveiled. The actual All-Century Team will be announced on Tuesday, December 1. To date, here are the finalists as selected by the panel:

All-Century Finalists

Running Back

Wide Receiver

Tight End

Marcus Allen – USC

Brandin Cooks – OSU

Mark Bruener – WASH

Ricky Bell – USC

DeSean Jackson – CAL

Fred Davis – USC

Reggie Bush – USC

Keyshawn Johnson – USC

Zach Ertz – STAN

Anthony Davis – USC

Marqise Lee – USC

Russ Francis – ORE

Mike Garrett – USC

James Lofton – STAN

Tony Gonzales – CAL

Hugh McElhenny – WASH

Ken Margerum – STAN

Rob Gronkowski – ARIZ

Chuck Muncie – CAL

JJ Stokes – UCLA

Todd Heap – ASU

Ernie Nevers – STAN

Lynn Swann – USC

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – WASH

OJ Simpson – USC

Troy Walters – STAN

Marcedes Lewis – UCLA

Charles White – USC

Mike Williams – USC

Charles Young – USC

This Week in Pac-12 Football

Thur., Oct. 15
Site
Local Time/TV
18/18 UCLA (4-1) at 15/16 STANFORD (4-1)
Stanford Stadium (50,000)
7:30 p.m. PT
Series: UCLA leads, 45-38-3. Last: STAN, 31-10 (2014)
 
ESPN
Stanford has won the last seven meetings.
 
ESPN3 (Spanish)
Average score the last seven meetings, 31.6-13.7
 
 
 
 
 
Sat., Oct. 17
Site
Local Time/TV
–/– OREGON STATE (2-3) at –/– WASHINGTON STATE (3-2)
Martin Stadium (32,952)
1 p.m. PT
Series: WSU leads, 49-47-3. Last: WSU, 39-32 (2014)
 
PAC12
OSU has won three of the last four, six of the last eight, and eight of the last 11 meetings.
 
 
 
 
 
t33/t35 USC (3-2) at 14/13 Notre Dame (5-1)
Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
7:30 p.m. ET
Series: ND leads, 45-36-5*. Last: USC, 49-14 (2014)
 
NBC
USC has won 10 of the last 13 meetings.
 
 
 
 
 
–/t42 ARIZONA (4-2) at –/– COLORADO (3-3)
Folsom Field (50,183)
7 p.m. MT
Series: COLO leads, 13-4-0. Last: ARIZ, 38-20 (2014)
 
FS1
After Colorado won the first 12 meetings of the series, Arizona has won four of the last five, including the last three.
 
 
 
 
 
28/29 ARIZONA STATE (4-2) at 4/7 UTAH (5-0)
Rice-Eccles Stadium (47,017)
8 p.m. MT
Series: ASU leads, 20-6-0. Last: ASU, 19-16 OT (2014)
 
ESPN
ASU has won the last 11 meetings, dating back to 1977.
 
 
 
 
 
–/– OREGON (3-3) at –/t40 WASHINGTON (3-2)
Husky Stadium (70,083)
7:30 p.m. PT
Series: WASH leads, 58-44-5. Last: ORE, 45-20 (2014)
 
ESPN2
Oregon has won the last 11 meetings.
 
 
 
 
 
OPEN DATE: 23/23 CALIFORNIA (5-1)
 
 
Rankings listed (AP/Coaches poll); * – One win later vacated
 
 

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