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Are The Cal Bears Among The Early Pac-12 Contenders?

Last week was a wild one for college football across the nation. As many favorites lost, most shocking was Ole Miss’s upset win over then #2 Alabama. The Pac-12 had there share of surprise’s Standford beating then ranked #6 USC. California is 3-0, they might be a contender for Pac-12 North and Oregon State has […]

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A Football Fan’s Scouting Combine

This weekend hundreds of football players, each one a star in college, start the process of finding out whether they are considered good enough to play on Sunday. And also if they can play on Monday, Thursday night, Thursday afternoon,...

Mariota Undaunted by Chance of Rain Showers

Ashley Young of FishDuck.com interviewed Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota during Tuesday’s press conference at the University of Oregon’s Hatfield-Dowling Complex. With Oregon’s prolonged summer weather seemingly coming to an end, and with the possibility of...

How 2014 is like 2007, and How It Isn’t

Imagine if the 2007 season never ended. That was the obvious connection following week six. Not just among the college football landscape because of tumult among the nation’s top teams, but within the dynamic of...

From The Locker Rooms: Double Duty Addition

Pasadena, Calif. —  Welcome to a sunny, special addition of FishDuck.com’s “From The Locker Room.” Due to UCLA players taking longer in their locker room postgame than a twelve year old daughter getting ready...

Raw video: Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott advocate of compensating full cost of attendance, nothing more

Pac-12 Commisioner Larry Scott had a brief moment to speak with the media during halftime of the matchup between No. 12 Oregon and No. 18 UCLA. In addition to discussing the recent issues with Pac-12 officiating, Scott spoke about player compensation and reaching a deal with DirecTV.

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Oregon Ducks Take Mariota and Injured Offensive Line on the Road to UCLA


The Oregon Ducks and UCLA Bruins have something in common in 2014 other than their 4-1 records. Both are 1-1 on the Pac-12 season and both teams have given up sacks thanks in no part to the work of their Offensive Lines. Over the last two games the Oregon Offensive Line has given up twelve sacks. Six against Arizona last week and six two weeks before on the road against Washington State.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota takes the snap. | Photo by Eugene Johnson / for the Eugene Daily News
Oregon’s Marcus Mariota takes the snap. | Photo by Eugene Johnson / for the Eugene Daily News

All those sacks are bound to rough up your quarterback, but when your signal caller is Marcus Mariota, you would hope they were small dings and they appear to be according to the Oregon Ducks Quarterback, “Typical football stuff, you get banged up throughout the year and you have to fight through it.” When it comes to facing the Bruins, Mariota sees the talent, “Very athletic. Front seven is good, “They have some of the best linebackers in the country. We’ll have to be sure we get moving body on body and be physical.”

The Bruins Quarterback had a rough outing last weekend as Brett Hundley was sacked ten times in a loss against the Utah Utes. In drawing comparisions between himself and Hundly, Mariota left it up to the media, but when asked what he sees in his counterpart this week, “He’s a great guy. He’s very versatile. He’s a dual thready guy who can make plays with his legs and his arms. We have to prepare for that guy.” When it comes to passing, UCLA is just behind Oregon with just under three-hundred yards per game. Oregon is sitting around three-hundred forty yards per contest.

Byron Marshall leaves the UCLA defenders behind as he scores a touchdown | Gary Breedlove/ Eugene Daily News
Byron Marshall leaves the UCLA defenders behind as he scores a touchdown | Gary Breedlove/ Eugene Daily News

The depth chart for the Oregon Ducks was shaken up this week. Running Back Byron Marshall is no longer part of the three headed monster that was Marshall, Freeman and Tyner. Marshall is now listed at Wide Receiver with Freeman and Marshall at Running Back. Since the beginning of the season Marshall has been used in the slot so, for me, this change is not really a surprise.

The Pac-12 Conference this season appears to be catching up to the Oregon Ducks talent level and for Mariota and the rest of the team, the work at practice is that much more important, Across the board I think our conference is really tough. If you don’t come out to play and execute on every drive you’ll lose. We’ve just gotta prepare. If we continue to play games and we’ll fight until the end then we’re willing to do it.”

As I wrote earlier this week I can see a one loss team making it to the College Football Playoff, but not a two loss team. The Oregon Ducks patchwork Offensive Line and at times, hole filled Defense needs to have a solid game this weekend to earn the win in Los Angeles. It could go a long way in deciding of they are a part of the College Football Playoff.

If the Oregon Ducks lose on Saturday, some may break their ankles falling off the bandwagon and the sun may not rise come Sunday, but to those who say Oregon ‘can’t’ lose I say this, The talent level is different. There have been lingering injuries for the entire season so far for the Oregon Ducks. I believe it was just a matter of time before the cracks started to form in the foundation of the 2014 team and they are clearly evident. Another loss should not surprise you at this point.

Oregon and UCLA take the field on Saturday at 12:30pm Pacific Time on FOX.

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Top 5 Pac-12 Quarterbacks

Heading into Week 6 of college football, we are almost halfway through the season and the quarterback situation in the Pac-12 has only gotten more intense as the season has progressed. During the off-season, it was being declared all over that the Pac-12 was living up to its name as the “Conference of Quarterbacks.” Let’s take a look at the five …

Stock Up, Stock Down — Pac-12 Edition

We are a day away from the fourth weekend of college football and every weekend reveals high and low points for teams. Both teams listed on the low side of the chart last week turned it around (for the most part) and played much better in Week 3. Let’s see which team’s stocks are looking especially high and low this …

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