Arizona started the upset bus, and the state of Mississippi took over from there. Many had their top four penciled in for the playoffs, but after today they can just throw that list out....
The Ducks narrowly escaped Pullman, Wash. with a road win against the Washington State Cougars last Saturday on a day that will be remembered as “Survivor Saturday.” Along with Florida State, Alabama, and Oklahoma, the Ducks faced an opponent inferior on paper, yet all four of the nation’s top teams legitimately looked like an upset was very much in the …
Another weekend is upon us and it’s time to take stock of teams that are up, down or right there in the middle. One of the teams listed in today’s report has a bye this week, but the same issues might be present this coming Thursday. Down Low Oregon Ducks – Injuries and defensive concerns galore Give credit to Washington …
Well, it was my best week yet. Not by much, only three points actually, but it was enough to vault me to the very top (No. 1, baby!) of the Fans of Oregon Ducks group. Out of 2,658 people, through four weeks, I’m the cream of the crop. Out of the millions of people that play ESPN’s College Football Challenge, I’m …
The narrow loss to No. 2 Oregon wasn’t considered a statement game, according to Cougar head coach, Mike Leach, but “a step in the right direction today.” He went on to say, “I think we just need to focus on practicing and improving, but I thought we played extremely hard the entire game.” WSU dropped this well-fought battle by a score of …
The Oregon Ducks enter their first road game of the 2014 tonight in Pullman. Oregon needs to turn around their most recent road record of 0-2 where they finished last season. Losses to Arizona and Stanford on the road led to an Alamo Bowl berth rather than a chance at a National Title in 2014. This season of course brings the first ever College Football Playoff and Oregon with a 3-0 start is in a good position right now for a semi-final, but the winning has to continue.
Washington State hosts Oregon and Quarterback Marcus Mariota, who will be playing in Pullman for the first time in his career. The Offense has been solid so far this season leading the way, but the Oregon Defense, at times, has shown some cracks allowing each team they played in their non-conference schedule yards on the ground and through the air. The latter will be a big focus against the Cougars.
One key player on Defense in 2014 has been Erick Dargan. He has three interceptions in the last three weeks and has stolen some of thunder from Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu who has not had much opportunity this season as opposing offenses know how talented he is in the backfield and have not thrown in his direction. I expect that to change on Saturday.
With more of a passing attack than a running attack tonight should be a good night for the Oregon Ducks Defense, or Washington State with Connor Halliday at Quarterback will dice up Oregon to a win for Cougars.
WSU has some talent at the Wide Receiver position including Isaac Myers and Dom Williams who have a combined seven scores through three games this season. Halliday has thrown twelve touchdowns in 2014, but the Cougars are just 1-2 on the season. A big reason, they have no running game. Washington State averages forty yards per game on the ground. Halliday would lead to a milestone night for the hometeam or Oregon could make a statement with an early Pac-12 season win.
The Oregon Ducks will also look to more milestones on Saturday night. Cornerback Ifo Ekpre- Olomu is eight tackles away from reaching two-hundred in his career as a Duck and with a touchdown pass Mariota will continue his streak of a pass for a score for every game in his Oregon career.
The Oregon Ducks QB can also add to his Heisman Campaign with a good performance with fellow contender Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston sitting out the game for the Seminoes tonight against Clemson.
Oregon is favored by twenty four points against the Washington State Cougars in Pullman.
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For the third consecutive week, my college team has put up huge fantasy numbers. That was thanks in large part to my starting quarterbacks, Kenny and Taysom Hill (not related) of Texas A&M and BYU, who scored 34 and 31 points respectively. Connor Halliday led the way for all quarterbacks, scoring a miraculous 45 fanatsy points. His week by week totals …
Stanford: bested. Michigan State: handled. Ohio State: surprised (they miss Braxton). What a week of college football! In a bye week that had immediate Heisman favorite Todd Gurley of Georgia watching from his couch, I, along with many, thought this might be a boring week of college football. Well, now, don’t I feel stupid? Besides the Oregon and MSU game, …
I know. He was fined. It was not politically correct. It was even against the rules. But it was honest, and it was the truth. Just as Nick Aliotti intimated (well, spouted off, actually), during garbage time of last year’s Oregon/Washington State game Wazoo coach Mike Leach should have been working on his running game instead of scoring two passing …
After a week long hiatus and a few departures, the EDN staff is back to predict the results of Pac-12 action this week.
Season Pick’em Standings:
Ryan Beltram: 57-16
Isaac Rosenthal: 57-16
Corey Buchanan: 56-17
Franklin Bains: 53-20
The Ducks offensive line must be breathing a sigh of relief after facing three of the best front-7’s in college football the last three weeks. But more importantly for the Ducks as a whole, because USC triumphed over Stanford, Oregon controls its own destiny to the Pac-12 championship game. Arizona on the other hand has lost back to back home game to UCLA and Washington State and is still void of a win against an above average opponent.
X-factor: Ka’Deem Carey vs. Derrick Malone. As expected, Carey is having himself another awesome year for the Wildcats, already rushing for more than 1300 yards. Malone’s rise as the Ducks most reliable tackler was a little less predictable. It will be interesting to see if his shoulder injury will prevent him from winning one on one confrontations with one of the best RB’s in college football.
Corey: Oregon Franklin: Oregon Isaac: Oregon Ryan: Oregon
Utah(4-6, 1-6) at Washington State(5-5, 3-4) 12:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network.
Utah must fight to keep its bowl game hopes alive against WSU. It’s a shame that this Utah team might not make it to a bowl game due to its ridiculously tough schedule. Because this team is as solid as they come. The Cougars on the other hand must be thankful they beat USC early on or they would similarly have to win out to make it to a bowl game.
X-factor: Utah’s Defensive Front vs. Connor Halliday. Utah’s biggest strengths are run defense and rushing the passer. Unfortunately for the Utes, one of those two strengths will be irrelevant because WSU head coach Mike Leach absolutely refuses to run the ball consistently. However, a sense of predictability will give Utah’s tough D-line, headlined by future all-American Trevor Reilly, the ability to pin their heads down and sprint toward the QB without worrying about handoffs. WSU gives up 2.4 sacks per game. If Utah can sack Halliday four times or more, Utah will likely come out victorious.
Corey: WSU Franklin: Utah Isaac: WSU Ryan: Utah
California(1-10, 0-8) at Stanford(8-2, 6-2) 1 p.m., Fox Sports 1
After losing to USC, Stanford went from being in a home game to decide the Pac-12 title game to a likely a trip to the Holliday or Alamo Bowl. The Cardinal will either be melancholic or motivated to knock the living hell out of the Bears. Speaking of the Bears, Cal football is in dire straits right now. The Golden Bears have not come within 10 points of any opponent this season sans their win over Portland State.
X-factor: Jared Goff vs. The World. The lone bright spot for Cal has been their sometimes spectacular passing game which is ranked tenth in the nation in yards through the air. Goff will likely have to use his golden arm to heave the ball up their, hoping his lucky stars that it falls into the grasp of Chris Harper or Bryce Treggs. But seriously, Cal is absolutely dreadful in every other facet of the game, whereas Stanford is solid other than its sometimes erratic QB. The Golden Bears only hope is utter chaos.
Corey: Stanford Franklin: Stanford Isaac: Stanford Ryan: Stanford
No. 17 Arizona State at No. 14 UCLA 4 p.m., Fox Despite being the highest ranked team of the three teams in the top-3 of the Pac-12 South, UCLA likely must defeat both USC and ASU to reach the Pac-12 title game. ASU only has to win this matchup to make it. At a glance, this game seams like an inevitable shootout. Both teams feature balanced attacks headlined by marquee QB’s. However, both defenses are sneaky good as well. ASU’s opportunistic secondary picked off highly prolific OSU QB Sean Mannion four times and UCLA didn’t allow Bishop Sankey 100 yards rushing or Keith Price 200 yards passing against Washington. Other than a few hiccup games, both teams have more than held their own defensively.
X-factor: UCLA Running Back? The running back position at UCLA has epitomized the “revolving door” cliche this year. Despite THREE injured UCLA RB’s, including starter Jordon James, UCLA was able to rush for over 200 yards against the Huskies. Even better, linebacker Myles Jack had four touchdowns. If Jack can bulldoze his way to the end-zone like he did against Washington last week and Paul Perkins can continue his admirable performance as featured back, UCLA should be able to win this one at home.
Corey: UCLA Franklin: ASU Isaac: UCLA Ryan: UCLA
No. 25 USC(8-3, 5-2) at Colorado(4-6, 1-6) 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network
One well-executed and gutsy slants call on fourth and two paid off big time for the Trojans. Before this game, this only thing Trojan faithful had to celebrate was the firing of maligned former head coach Lane Kiffin. Now USC has an outside shot at breaking out the champagne in honor of something more substantial: a Pac-12 title. However by outside I mean, in a galaxy far far away. USC must win-out and ASU must lose-out for the Trojans to play the PAC-12 North champ. Colorado may not yet be able to play competitively against the best of em just yet, but after a one win season, four wins isn’t too shabby for the Buffaloes.
X-factor: Marquis Lee vs. Paul Richardson. Who would’ve thought before the year that Richardson would have twice as many receiving yards as Lee. Lee may be the first(or at least the second) receiver off the board in April’s draft, but despite the lack of notoriety, Richardson also looks like an NFL talent. It will be interesting to see who outperforms who Saturday night.
Corey: USC Franklin: USC Isaac: USC Ryan: USC
Washington(6-4, 3-4) at Oregon State(6-4, 4-3) 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Another year that began with hope and promise that Husky football would retain its former glory is down the drain. Despite having a talented and experienced roster, Washington just hasn’t been able to stop quality opponents. UW has given up an average of 43 point per game against the cream of the Pac-12 crop(Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and ASU). But like Utah, this team is better than its record would indicate. Bishop Sankey is fourth in the nation in rushing and QB Keith Price has a 19/4 TD/INT ratio. On the other side of the coin, the Beavers was sitting pretty with a 5-1 record until its schedule smacked them in the face. Good thing they beat Utah in overtime early on, because they would have had to win this one or beat Oregon to get into the bowl festivities.
The Huskies rank 20th in the nation in pass yards allowed. Sean Mannion ranks number one in the nation in pass yards thrown. It is unlikely that the Beaver defense can stop the Huskies balanced attack but the other side of the ball is still up in the air. Will we see the Sean Mannion who has thrown seven picks in the last two games, or the one who looked like a Heisman candidate?
Corey: Washington Franklin: OSU Isaac: Washington Ryan: OSU