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Ridley’s College Football Rankings – Week Six

Sometimes life gets in the way of our passion and interests. Such is the case this week as the time I normally take to write the rankings has been encroached upon by other responsibilities. Because of that, I have ditched my normal format of providing a write-up for each team and instead have supplemented my […]

Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) escapes the tackle of Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Chidobe Awuzie (4) while running the ball down the field during the first quarter. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, on October 3, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Welcome Back To College Football, Oregon Ducks

Watching the Oregon Ducks play these past two weeks has left me dealing with a wide range of emotions. Throughout that roller-coaster ride, there was one phrase that kept repeatedly popping into my head. Although, depending on the exact moment, it was often accompanied by dramatically different emotions. “Welcome back …” Yes, it’s been a […]


Pac-12 Football – Then, Since, And Later

The Pac-12 Conference, thought by many to be challenging the SEC as college football’s premiere league, has become predictable based solely on its unpredictability. Prior to the season, the league was thought to have as many as 5 or 6 contenders for this season’s playoff.  However, since those days prior to the action on the […]

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Abe’s College Football Picks – Week 5

Hello and welcome back to the college football picks, where I’m still an idiot. Last week’s record was 5-7, bringing my season mark down to 30-19, and included such gems as BYU over Michigan, the Arizona schools over the LA schools, and, yes, Oregon over Utah. Thanks for making me look good, guys. Here are […]

Oregon defenders work to bring down Utah Utes quarterback Kendal Thompson (1). The No. 13 Oregon Ducks face No. 18 Utah in Eugene, Oregon on September 26, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)

It’s Time For Oregon To Remember Its Roots

Reasonable people can disagree about whether the sky is falling on the Oregon football program after their shocking 62-20 loss to Utah last Saturday, and considering that the aghast longtime partisans hadn’t seen a Ducks defeat so thorough since Washington came to town in the 2-9 season of 1977, things aren’t looking good. The best-case […]

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Don’t Drag Your Duck In The Dirt

Watching the Ducks fly south at Autzen was a shocker that settled in before halftime. That it was the worst defeat since 1977 was an unwanted reminder of dark Duck days. The 2-9 Ducks of ’77 invited everyone to beat them, home and away. One U of O student from 1977 said they witnessed worse […]

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Oregon Football – Percentages Said This Year Was Coming, But No One Could’ve Seen What Happened Last Saturday Night

It’s truly inevitable. What goes up, always comes down.  Whether you’re Florida, Texas, Notre Dame, or even Alabama pre-Saban, even the best college football programs are subject to periods of mediocrity.  The Oregon Ducks – minus a national championship – have been amongst the elite of the elite of college football over the last 7 […]

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Ridley’s College Football Rankings – Week Five

Everyone rejoice! The dog-days of August are gone and college football is back. Okay, it was back four weeks ago, but who’s counting? I like to think that my rankings are like a fine wine and need time to reach their peak. In all seriousness though, the first two or three weeks are so weighted […]

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Abe’s College Football Picks – Week Four

My last week was pretty much the most inept series of picks in the history of this column. It was filled with gems such as, “Alabama 34, Ole Miss 31 – This game becomes approximately 732,000 times less fun when it’s in Tuscaloosa and Ole Miss has no shot,” and, “Georgia Tech 25, Notre Dame 24 […]

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Everyone Wins If Oregon Ducks Sit Vernon Adams Jr. Vs. Georgia State Panthers

Oregon Ducks’ quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. played the biggest game of his collegiate career last week on the road against the then-ranked No. 5 Michigan State Spartans, and the result was not a good one. He completed just 22 of 39 passes for one touchdown and two interceptions, he missed a wide open Byron Marshall […]

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Abe’s College Football Picks – Week 3

An unexpectedly wild week two of the college football season provided plenty of drama, but mostly left the top 25 landscape unchanged. That won’t be the case in week three, with four games pitting ranked teams and plenty of other matchups involving power conference and conference opponents ensuring a lasting impact from this Saturday. My […]

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Broken Finger – When Did Oregon Start Confessing Injuries?

Vernon Adams has a broken finger. Yes, by now you’ve heard the Oregon signal-caller broke his finger during week 1 versus Eastern Washington, and played with such during the Michigan State game last Saturday.  But far more remarkable than the feat of playing against the 4th ranked team in the country with a compromised throwing […]

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Chip Kelly’s Influence Continues To Fuel Oregon

Vernon Adams, Jr. is the first Oregon starting quarterback since Kellen Clemens to never work under Chip Kelly’s tutelage. Let that sink in. Clemens, a gutsy Ducks quarterback who played a major part in one of Oregon’s best years of the last decade in 2005, is already in his tenth NFL season. He’s been married […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 6: Devon Allen #5 of the Oregon Ducks heads toward the end zone on a 70-yard touchdown reception in the first half of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Autzen Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Abe’s College Football Picks – Week 2

It’s week two of the college football season, and already the Pac 12 is doing its best to kill the farcical preseason storyline that it’s somehow a better conference than the SEC. Coming off of a 12-2 record in week one, here are the picks. Michigan 34, Oregon State 13 – Michigan players must already […]

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Duck, Oregon! Is The Sky Falling In Eugene?

Red flags are up. Yep, after last Saturday’s 19-point win over FCS Eastern Washington, fans and local pundits have their hand firmly on the eject handle of an Oregon airliner in a flat-spin out to sea. Maybe it’s the expectation level as a result of an unprecedented 6-year run.  The humanistic need by so many, […]

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Oregon Ducks Opening Week – Over And Under-Reaction

There’s nothing quite like the first weekend of a football season, for fans, players and coaches alike. After months of preparation and anticipation, the openings game signifies the official transition from theory to reality. We may think we know who the best teams, players and units are, but, until that opening kickoff, we don’t really […]

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Two “O” Schools On Track

Only one group gets to knock the defending national champion in big school college football. Alabama stays down after the Ohio State Buckeyes rolled them in last year’s semi-final at the New Orleans Super Dome. Florida State, the defending champ in 2014, got run out of the Rose Bowl. No word from them. That leaves […]