Nov 21, 2015; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Victor Bolden (6) runs the ball in the third quarter against the Washington Huskies at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Abe Asher’s College Football Picks – Week Eight

The college football picks column is coming early this week for reasons I simply will not disclose. A little change of pace is healthy anyway. I rebounded by going 10-2 last week, bringing my season record to 62-27. Here are the picks. Miami 34, Virginia Tech 27 – Maybe we’re just going to have to […]

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Abe Asher’s College Football Picks – Week Seven

We’re almost at the halfway point of this college football season, and here’s what we’re looking at for the playoff: Clemson, the winner of Ohio State-Michigan, Washington, and the winner of Alabama-Texas A&M. Of course, that all could very well change. It almost always does. But at the moment, those are the six teams with […]

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Oregon Ducks Next Move Will Determine What Lies Ahead For Program

The Oregon Ducks have now lost four straight games with the most embarrassing loss coming last weekend against Washington 70-21. Oregon athletic administration, the fans, the players and coaches, everyone has to be disappointed and frustrated at the recent descent of the team. If head coach Mark Helfrich makes it through this season showing he […]

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Helfrich, Oregon Face Respective Moments Of Truth

There’s an exchange at the end of the 1968 film The Lion in Winter – often repeated by Aaron Sorkin’s characters – between three men who are sitting in a dungeon awaiting their executions. The first man tells the two others to be brave, and take their fate standing up. But the second man shoots […]

Oregon State right tackle Dylan Wynn (45), right, and right guard Alejandro Crosthwaite (71) of California fight for a fumble during an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Troy Wayrynen)

Abe Asher’s College Football Picks – Week Six

The next month gives us the baseball playoffs, the MLS stretch-run and playoffs, the NFL, and the start of the NBA and NHL, and college football – and that’s even not to mention the small matter of the upcoming election. It’s time to buckle up. We start with Week 6 of an increasingly manic college […]

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A Goodbye To Les Miles And Week Five College Football Picks

In a moment, the Week 5 picks. First, though, a few words on Les Miles, who was fired by LSU last Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the Tigers’ last-second loss to Auburn. Les Miles made college football exponentially more fun. He was a show unlike anything the sport has ever had. One time, in […]


Ducks Entitlement Could Hurt Oregon’s Recent Run Of Success

Oregon Ducks football continues to unravel as this season moves forward. After a tough loss to Colorado in the first week of Pac-12 play, Oregon faces Washington State on the road this weekend. They gave up 500 yards in the air last year against the Cougars. The Ducks need a win desperately after a loss […]

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Debate 2016 – Fact Checking The Oregon Duck Fan Base

The Oregon Ducks have had a rough couple weeks on the gridiron, losing back-to-back heartbreakers against a couple of former Big XII rivals in the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Colorado Buffaloes. Considering the opponents and the fact that this represents the Ducks first losing streak since 2007, it’s no wonder that emotions are high and expectations […]

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Abe Asher’s College Football Picks – Week Four

We’re three weeks into the college football season, and things are starting to heat up as conference play begins across the country. I went 11-3 last week, bringing my record on the season to 30-8. Here are the Week 4 picks. Utah 34, USC 20 – Long live SC! Ole Miss 45, Georgia 21 – […]

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Oregon Can’t Stop Catharsis For Mike Riley And Nebraska

When Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose-Ivy took down Oregon quarterback Dakota Prukop on fourth down and twenty and it was finally over, Memorial Stadium exploded like it hasn’t since late 90s. Huskers 35, Ducks 32. Final. And that’s just the beginning of the story, because for different and converging reasons, Mike Riley and Nebraska needed this […]

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Mike Riley Readies For One More Shot At The Oregon Ducks

As he’ll tell you, it happened quickly. So when Mike Riley took the Nebraska job two Decembers ago, he didn’t know that the Cornhuskers had the Oregon Ducks scheduled for a date in Lincoln in September 2016. But it didn’t take him long to find out. On Saturday afternoon, the coach and Oregon will be […]

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Abe Asher’s College Football Picks – Week Three

There wasn’t all that much to enjoy from Week 2 of the college football season, but fear not, because Week 3 is stacked higher than the odds that LA Rams have a new head coach in 2017. I went 10-2 last week, bringing my record on the season to 19-5. Here are the picks. Louisville […]

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The Journey Is Just Beginning For These Oregon Ducks

To say that the Oregon Ducks season opening 53-28 win over UC-Davis was met with mixed reviews is a bit of an understatement. Even acknowledging the Aggies only won 2 games last year playing in the FCS Big Sky Conference, it still feels weird to see so much hand-wringing amongst a fan base after a […]


Abe Asher’s College Football Picks – Week Two

It was billed as college football’s best opening weekend ever, and, somehow, week one didn’t disappoint. It’s good to have the sport back. I went 9-3 in to start the season. Here are the Week 2 picks. Michigan 54, UCF 17 – Welcome to the show, Scott Frost. Nebraska 38, Wyoming 14 – Next week: […]

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Will Oregon Ducks’ Dominance On National Level Continue?

Chip Kelly established Oregon as a national powerhouse starting in 2009, winning 3 consecutive Pacific Conference titles taking the Ducks to 2 Rose Bowls and a national title game in the span of those 3 seasons (2009-2011). Kelly nearly won a 4th consecutive conference title before losing late in the season to Stanford in his […]


Abe Asher’s College Football Picks – Week One

College football returns this week, and with it comes this much loved picks column for its fifth year on Oregon Sports News. Here’s the week one slate. Stanford 35, Kansas State 14 – I think everyone should talk more about how much David Shaw looks like Mike Tirico. Oklahoma 41, Houston 34 – Texas A&M […]

Oct 17, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) rushes against the Washington Huskies during the fourth quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

23 Things To Watch For In The 2016 College Football Season

Oregon’s Defense: The Ducks demoted Don Pellum back to Linebackers coach after a mostly disastrous two year run as the team’s defensive coordinator. In his place, Oregon made an unusually splashy hire – bringing in former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke. The Ducks were 116th in the country last year in yards given up per […]