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20 Borderline Insane Predictions For The 2015 College Football Season

With most teams still yet to kick off the 2015 college football season, just about everyone is still undefeated (sorry, Michigan).  And, that doesn’t just go for coaches, players and teams, it also goes for journalist, experts and prognosticators, too. And, because the preseason is all about hyperbole, I’ll even go as far as putting […]

Mark Helfrich

Abe’s College Football Picks – Week 1

Against all odds, the college football picks have returned for year three on Oregon Sports News. South Carolina 31, North Carolina 20 – The great thing about this game is the return of former Gene Chizik – the worst, least qualified head coach to win a national championship in the history of the sport – […]

Ellen Urbani

Roll Tide In Portland?

Remember the last literary reading you attended? An author sat beside a stack of books, read a few pages, took questions, then signed copies. It’s the way it’s supposed to be, nice and traditional. The audience knows what to expect. No one wants any more. Like a football game between teams with rabid fans, some […]

Mark Helfrich

Oregon Ducks Coaches Showing Homework Isn’t Just For The Players

High school teachers around the world are often fond of saying, “If you diligently do all your homework, the tests will be a breeze.” Well, for the sixth straight year, the Oregon Ducks’ coaches have aced their first test of the season. That’s because when junior college transfer linebacker Jonah Moi joined the fall practice […]

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 14: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans is sacked by Tyson Jackson #94 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of a preseason game at the Georgia Dome on August 14, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Will Nashville Be Abuzz For Marcus Mariota’s Regular Season Debut?

Last week, Marcus Mariota debuted as quarterback for the Tennessee Titans in the team’s first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. It went about as poorly as it could have. At least, about as bad as it could have in the eyes of the media who’ve made much ado about the former Oregon QB Heisman […]

Oregon Ducks

Oregon’s Culture Is Its Biggest Weapon In 2015

Did you stop, just for a moment, and consider the inanity of it all? There everyone was, on a Friday afternoon, tripping over themselves to be the first one to report whether a fifth year college senior from Eastern Washington had passed a math test required for graduation so that student could exploit a loophole […]

Vernon Adams

Vernon Adams – From Passing Tests To Passing Tests

In honor of all the hype in the air circling the first day of the preseason in the NFL, I thought it was only appropriate to talk about football. However, instead of reviewing on Preseason Day 1 of the NFL, let’s take a moment to appreciate the graduation of a quarterback in the Northwest. After […]

Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks 2015 Preview

A lot of people thought that the 2014 college football season would be special for the Oregon Ducks. In many ways, it was, as they had the Heisman Trophy winner in Marcus Mariota and they qualified for the playoffs. After making quick work of Florida State, they ultimately fell to Ohio State in the championship. […]

Oregon Ducks

Five Stories To Watch Heading Into Oregon Ducks Fall Camp

Fear not my friends. After many dark months of intense emotional pain and anguish, this long, national nightmare is over. That’s right, with the first practice of fall camp kicking off today, college football is officially back. Hallelujah! While we’re still almost a month away from the season officially kicking off when the Eastern Washington […]

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota Will Save The Tennessee Titans

It’s going to be fun. “Just as Andrew Luck has converted a large portion of the Stanford fan base into Indianapolis Colts fans, the same will happen here with Oregon/Tennessee,” ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura said. Marcus Mariota sends his jersey – May’s top seller – to Oregon fans who miss him. He made the Sports Illustrated […]

Oregon Ducks

Oregon’s Football Uniforms No Longer A Joke

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Oregon Ducks football program must be feeling pretty gratified. Since the 1995 Rose Bowl, the program and its athletic department have spent countless amounts of time and money making “ugly,” “embarrassing,” and “laughable” uniforms.  At least that’s what outsiders spent the better part of their […]

Vin Lananna

Track And Field The Best Sport? Yes, But …

Who better than Track Town President Vin Lananna to explain the world’s most basic sport. Of course it’s track and field. He lives and breathes the stuff. Don’t you? Because of him, Portland hosts the World Indoor Track and Field meet in 2016, the same year the Olympic trials return to Eugene for the third straight time. […]

Jeff Lockie

College Football In Oregon Is A Big Question Mark

The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers both face big questions as they head deeper into the spring football season with several things to sort out. The Beavers have a new head coach after having Mike Riley at the helm for the last eleven seasons. Mike Riley made the move to Nebraska in the offseason; […]

Vernon Adams

Good Luck Vernon Adams, You’re Behind An 8-Ball Of Experience

Vernon Adams is Oregon’s next starting quarterback. Well, that’s what popular opinion and conventional wisdom suggest based on the much ballyhooed decision by Adams to leave Eastern Washington and enroll at the University of Oregon.  But while outsiders believe the aforementioned to be set in proverbial stone, logic and a quality showing at last Saturday’s […]

Marcus Mariota

Pac-12 North Has Strong Showing In NFL Draft

As round one ended, it was clear that the Pac-12 North had a lot of depth. Although a lot of Pac-12 South and SEC players were drafted, five players from the North were drafted in the first round, which was a nice showing for the Pacific Northwest (all of those players were from Washington (3) […]

Wonderlic Test

Wonderlic Gets Tested

The biggest news in football is the upcoming NFL Draft. The biggest name in the NFL Draft is Marcus Mariota. At least he’s the biggest name in Oregon this year. Maybe in history. This is a player on the greatest adventure of his life and he’s taking us with him. So far he’s made all the […]

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota And The NFL Draft – Where Should He Land?

With the 2015 NFL Draft arriving in just over two weeks, much is being said about which possible team will be smart enough to claim former Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota. Why won’t he go number one, you might ask? Well, the short answer is that while he is an outstanding athlete, an undisputed gem […]

Premature Celebration

Great Moments In Premature Celebration

At the risk of eternal shame and ridicule, athletes continue to prematurely celebrate their would-be victories.  The latest and greatest example of this comes to us from Eugene, Oregon, where the University of Oregon Ducks hosted and competed against athletes from Washington and Kentucky in the Pepsi Team Invitational on Saturday. In the video, Oregon […]

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