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Oregon Ducks 2016 National Signing Day Primer

While recruiting rankings are hardly an exact science, talent (and, thus, recruiting) is the lifeblood of a program. And, that makes National Signing Day one of the sneaky most important days of the year for college football fans. While die-hard fans have latched on to the recruiting craze in recent years, most fans see National […]

Mark Helfrich listens to a questions. Coaches Mark Helfrich and Garry Patterson address the media in the head coaches press conference on Jan. 1, 2016 . (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)

Oregon Ducks Football At A Crossroad Following Alamo Bowl Debacle

For the past 5 years, as sure as the sun comes up in the morning you can count on the Oregon Ducks football team to be among the nation’s elite, competing for both the Pac-12 and National Championships. Even this year, with so much in flux at the QB position after losing Heisman winner Marcus […]

Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly’s Greatest Challenge

Sooner or later, Chip Kelly is going to get another NFL head coaching job. And it might sooner. Kelly is the odds-on favorite to land the San Francisco 49ers opening, and two other teams that Kelly has negotiated with in the past – Cleveland and Tampa Bay – are looking for coaches as well. Considering […]


In The Wake Of Oregon’s Debacle, I Investigate Who And What’s Responsible For The Truly Embarrassing Night In San Antonio

It was disgusting. Somewhere…well, actually in many places, there are psychoanalytical professionals due to make a fist full of money from Oregon fans desperate to recover from the experience that was the second half of last Saturday night’s Alamo Bowl. The Ducks parlayed a dominating 31-point halftime lead, into a triple-overtime loss to a team […]

Bowl Games

Abe Asher’s 2015 College Bowl Predictions

It’s bowl season! There are now 41 bowl games, 38 of which do not matter, and I, of course am picking every single one of them. It’s going to be incredible. My record on the season is 115-57. Happy holidays, and enjoy the games! Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Arizona 45, New Mexico 12 – Hey, […]

Dakota Prukop

Oregon Ducks Hoping Dakota Prukop Can Be Vernon Adams 2.0, Just Sooner

When the clock strikes zero on Oregon’s January bowl game, the team from Eugene will officially be without its dual-threat starting quarterback. It will spend the dog days of the offseason evaluating a shiny new graduate transfer and putting a plan in place on how to recreate the success of the newcomer’s predecessor. Sound familiar? […]

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Abe’s College Football Picks – Week 14

I went 9-7 during Rivalry Week, bringing my season record to 108-56. Here are my Conference Championship, week fourteen picks. Houston 35, Temple 24 – Tom Herman and Matt Rhule just cannot wait to get the hell out of the AAC. Baylor 41, Texas 31 – Charlie Strong’s last stand at Texas? He’d probably be […]

112914 - PULLMAN, WA - Coaches Mike Leach, left, and Chris Petersen shake hands after the Huskies defeated the Cougars 31-13 to win the 2014 edition of the Apple Cup game.

Leach, Petersen Are Pac-12 Football’s Odd Couple

As the 2015 NCAA football regular season nears its end, before the onslaught of an unprecedented 42 BOWL GAMES, many with forgettable names lacking any semblance of tradition or history, (see: Taxslayer Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl) there are the traditional, largely in-state rivalry games, many going back 100 years are […]


Abe’s College Football Picks – Week 13

It was a tough 6-6 week twelve for me, bringing my season record to 99-49. Here are all the week thirteen picks. Navy 34, Houston 21 – Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo acts in his free time, lending his talents to such productions as the LDS Church’s 2014 classic Meet the Mormons. Arkansas 41, Missouri 10 […]

Oregon tight end Evan Baylis (81) runs with the football before scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Winning The Duck Day With Help

Modern mass media offers every which way to watch a Duck football game. From TV, radio, and online, to actually going to the stadium, I found a new way. It turned out so good I’d do it again, but since it was an accidental discovery, let’s backtrack just a little. When your kid announces he’s […]


I May Be Stupid, But I Do Know A Few Things About The Pac-12 Conference

I’m not a coach or player in the Pac-12 Conference, therefore based on the expertise of Oregon Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost, I’m truly incapable of an opinion regarding anything on or around the football field. However, in spite of the evidence stacked against me, I’m going to take a shot a handful of things I […]


Abe’s College Football Picks – Week 12

Last week I went 7-5, bringing my season record to 93-43. Here are the week twelve picks. Memphis 45, Temple 31 – Nothing like a little AAC action in the morning! Michigan 28, Penn State 13 – So that Ohio State-Michigan game next Saturday might be fun… Ole Miss 35, LSU 34 – Throwback to […]


Ridley’s College Football Rankings – Week 12

Another quality weekend of college football is in the books. We learned that Alabama is on a mission, Oregon still has some fight (and hope) in them and the only thing that may be able to stop the Sooners is the Playoff Committee. How they (and Oklahoma State) fare in this week’s Playoff Rankings should […]

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Abe’s College Football Picks – Week 11

I went 11-3 last week, taking my season record to 86-38. Here are the week eleven picks. Auburn 34, Georgia 31 – Mark Richt will salvage a ten-win season, save his job, and send half the state of Georgia off a cliff. It’s tradition. Beautiful, beautiful tradition. Florida 25, South Carolina 7 – Meanwhile, sitting […]


Pac-12 Officiating – It’s Not Their Problem, It’s Everyone’s

Officiating is bad in the Pac-12. That’s the narrative that has and continues to attach itself to the self-proclaimed “Conference Of Champions.”  But while bad calls seem to repeatedly rear their ugly heads on a weekly basis up and down the left coast, the league appears to be being singled-out for a problem without exclusivity […]


Ridley’s College Football Rankings – Week 11

I consider last week a win, as I had the same top three teams, in order, as the Playoff Committee had them. After that, things started to unravel, but if Meatloaf says “two out of three ain’t bad,” then three out of four has got to be okay. The big difference between my rankings and […]

Cam Newton

Why Oregon Ducks Fans Should Forgive Cam Newton

After watching Carolina QB Cam Newton stand astride the NFL on Monday Night Football, I saw a different player than the questionable Auburn player who beat the Oregon Ducks in their first National Championship game. What I saw was a man who deserves a second chance. America is a nation of second chances and it’s […]

Oregon Ducks

Rediscovering The Joy Of Mediocre College Football

For the past few years, being an Oregon Duck football fan has been akin to attaching yourself to rocket ship, rapidly ascending to exciting new heights you never thought possible. It has been a quest for perfection that, while it was never quire reached, always seemed just around the corner and well with grasp. In […]

White Sheets

Oregon Ducks Employ New Tactics In Win Against Arizona State

If you watched the Oregon vs. Arizona State game last weekend, you couldn’t have missed the eight-foot tall white sheets held up by Oregon staffers on the sidelines.  According to an article published in The Oregonian, Arizona State has apparently been going to desperate lengths to steal signs for offensive play signals, and the Ducks […]