Oregon Ducks quarterbacks Morgan Mahalak (16) and  Taylor Alie (12) while warming up. The No. 9 Oregon Ducks played the University of Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on October 18, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Four-star quarterback flips commitment to Oregon

Although Oregon still have the Alamo Bowl to play, the quarterback competition for the 2016 season is already heating up. Four-star quarterback Tristen Wallace of DeSoto (Texas) High School flipped his commitment from the Ohio State Buckeyes to the Ducks on Sunday. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Wallace is rated the No. 7 dual-threat …

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Oregon Ducks place kicker Aidan Schneider (41) kicks a field goal. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Three Ducks named to AP All-America Team

Three Oregon Ducks were named to the 2015 Associated Press All-America Team on Sunday, adding to their long list of accolades from this football season. Defensive end DeForest Buckner earned a second team selection, and running back Royce Freeman and kicker Aidan Schneider earned third team selections from the AP …

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Royce Freeman will be the featured running back in Oregon's offense this season, but questions remain about who will receive most of the carries  as the No. 2 back (Samuel Marshall/ Emerald).
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Freeman for Heisman: Where is the love?

Before every football game, Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. tells running back Royce Freeman he’s the best running back in the country. The country, apparently, disagrees. Alabama running back Derrick Henry was awarded the Heisman Trophy on Saturday and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey finished second in the voting. Following …

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TCU head coach Gary Patterson instructs his team during an NCAA college football game against SMU Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Why TCU will beat Oregon

**Editor’s Note: Each week during football season, we feature an essay from the opponent’s student newspaper on why Oregon will lose. This week’s bowl game edition is from Dean Straka, the sports editor at TCU 360.** A year ago, the Horned Frogs seemed destined to meet Oregon in the Rose …

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Stanford Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) drags a pile of ducks into the end zone. The Oregon Ducks head south to face No. 7 Stanford in Palo Alto at Stanford Stadium on Nov. 7, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Wise: Pac-12 out of playoff because of Stanford’s non-conference slate

Stanford provided plenty of highlights to end its season. With a last second field goal to beat then-No. 6 Notre Dame and a Heisman-like performance from Christian McCaffrey in the Cardinal’s 41-22 win over USC in the Pac-12 Championship the following week, David Shaw’s bunch captured its third conference title in …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) throws to Oregon Ducks wide receiver Bralon Addison (2) for a touch down. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Matchups/Players to watch: Quarterback duel highlights Alamo Bowl

The battle for the Alamo will feature two high-powered offenses that are adept at torching defenses and scoring points. The Ducks (9-3) enter the game as underdogs, returning to San Antonio’s Alamodome for the second time in three years. Oregon hopes it can repeat the success of 2013, when it …

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Oregon Ducks defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (44) greets young fans. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Oregon headed to Alamo Bowl to take on No. 11 TCU

The Ducks are headed to the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl for the second time in three years. No. 15 Oregon will take on No. 11 TCU of the Big-12 conference on Jan. 2 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Alamo Bowl typically features the second-choice team from the Pac-12 …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) throws to Oregon Ducks wide receiver Bralon Addison (2) for a touch down. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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AP Poll: Three Pac-12 teams remain ranked including Oregon at No. 15

Michigan State moved up to No. 3 in the latest AP Top 25 rankings with a last-minute 16-13 win over Iowa to clinch the Big Ten title. The Spartans bumped Oklahoma to No. 5 and Iowa to No. 6. Clemson stayed on top at No. 1 with 51 first-place votes. No. 2 Alabama …

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Oregon Ducks defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (44) celebrates after bringing down a back behind the line. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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DeForest Buckner named Pac-12 defensive player of the year

Oregon defensive end Deforest Buckner culminated a dominant 2015 campaign by claiming the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honor Tuesday night. The Oregon senior, who is projected to go in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, finished the regular season with 76 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 16 tackles for …

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Oregon Ducks defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (44) celebrates after bringing down a back behind the line. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Seven Ducks named to Pac-12 football all-Conference team

Seven Oregon football players were honored with Pac-12 football all-Conference team recognitions Tuesday. The honors are voted on by the conference head coaches. Sophomore running back Royce Freeman and senior offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone were both named on first team offense, while senior defensive lineman DeForest Buckner made first team defense. …

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Former Oregon offensive coordinator and current UCF head coach Scott Frost meets with the media. Oregon football held media availability after practice outside the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon on Monday, April 13, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost named UCF head coach

Scott Frost is heading to the Sunshine State. Early Tuesday morning, Rivals.com reported that Frost, Oregon’s offensive coordinator since 2013, would be named the University of Central Florida’s next head football coach. The school later confirmed the report. “UCF is an excellent opportunity for me because our student-athletes can succeed immediately, …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) and Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington (7) talks with Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich before the march to victory. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Redeeming his name: Darren Carrington’s road back to the football field

Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington burst into national stardom after Oregon’s 59-20 win over the Florida State Seminoles in the 2015 Rose Bowl, when he caught seven of Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota’s passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Carrington figured to play a key role in the Ducks’ …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Jalen Brown (15) reaches to try and catch the ball while being defended by Oregon State Beavers cornerback Treston Decoud (14). The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Pac-12 roundup: Rivalry games solidify conference standings

The Pac-12 standings are in the books. In the final week of conference play, USC knocked off No. 22 UCLA to clinch a date with Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship. Oregon finished with a 7-2 conference record, second best in the Pac-12, but early season losses to Utah and Washington …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Tyson Coleman (33) jumps to try and knock a pass out of the air. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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AP Poll: Oregon moves up to No. 15; win over No. 7 Stanford looking better

Oklahoma moved up two spots to No. 3 in Sunday’s AP Top 25 Poll rankings, after its  58-23 win over Oklahoma State to clinch the Big 12 title and essentially punch its ticket to the College Football Playoff. The Sooners bumped Iowa down a spot to No. 4, with Michigan State …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) looks for his family after the game. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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After Civil War win, Oregon left to ponder what could have been

For a team vying for a New Year’s Six bowl bid, Oregon didn’t pass the eye test on Friday in the Civil War battle. Although the first half showed promise, the Ducks didn’t finish close to covering the 34.5-point spread by which they were favored — over a team that didn’t win a conference …

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Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) runs with the ball in the first half. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Royce Freeman moves to fourth on Oregon all-time rushing touchdown list in 52-42 Ducks win

Before every game, Vernon Adams Jr. tells his starting running back that he’s the best in the country. Last Friday, in the 119th Civil War — that finished in an unexpectedly close 52-42 score — Adams was speaking the truth. Royce Freeman, a Doak Walker semifinalist who eclipsed the 100-yard mark …

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Oregon Ducks defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (44) celebrates after bringing down a back behind the line. The No. 18 Oregon Ducks face the Oregon State Beavers in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. on Nov. 27, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Rapid Reaction: Oregon hangs on for 52-42 win over Oregon State in 119th Civil War

Oregon entered the Civil War Friday as 34.5-point favorites. And it looked like a perfect prediction, as the Ducks raced out to a 24-point lead by halftime. But, Oregon State didn’t let the game snowball into a nightmare. The first half deficit proved to be too much though. Despite the Beavers outscoring …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) gets his knee crunched as he is sacked. The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Kim: What to take away from Oregon’s rollercoaster year

Oregon’s goal was to make it back to the College Football Playoff. But above all, it seemed the goal was to prove that it could remain at an elite level without reigning Heisman winner Marcus Mariota behind center. Expectations from fans were high. I mean, can you really blame them? …

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Video: Ducks & Beavers on Civil War Game Predictions

Only 50 Miles north of Eugene is a a small town named Corvallis home of the Oregon State Beavers. In this special edition of “Ducks on”, we included Beavers, students of OSU; to get their insight to the big rivalry game this Friday.

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Jeff Lockie (17) runs down the field with the ball during the second half. The Oregon Ducks face the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on October 10, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Three Ducks receive Pac-12 football All-Academic first team

Three Oregon football players made the Pac-12 football All-Academic first team, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced on Tuesday. Quarterback Jeff Lockie (3.82 GPA), linebacker Johnny Ragin III (3.62) and offensive lineman Doug Brenner (3.51) were named to the first team. Lockie had the third highest GPA of all players on the …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) watches the play after a 3rd and out. The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Bowl projections: Where the Ducks are most likely to land

Week 13 of the college football season provided some clarity to a murky Pac-12 title race. With No. 11 Stanford’s win over Cal, No. 18 Oregon will not be going to the Pac-12 Championship. But outside of the Pac-12 title and College Football Playoff, the Ducks’ bowl game fate has …

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An Oregon student takes a selfie with the Duck during a timeout. The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Has Oregon’s national success diminished relevance of Civil War?

In the past decade, Oregon football has experienced profound success previously unchartered. With it, a lack of concern for a rivalry game that dates back to 1894, the Civil War.

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Oregon Ducks running back Kani Benoit (29) celebrates his touchdown. The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Matchups/Players to watch: Can Oregon State trick its way past the Duck defense?

With the final home game of the year quickly approaching, Oregon fans must be thinking about what the season could have been. This has been a different squad with a healthy Vernon Adams Jr. under center. Many of the losses, like Washington State, may have played out differently with the …

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Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich shakes students hands before the game. The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Q&A: Mark Helfrich discusses preparation for Oregon State, recruiting of Vernon Adams Jr.

The Oregon Ducks (8-3, 6-2) are riding a five-game win streak heading into the Civil War matchup against the Oregon State (2-9, 0-8) on Friday. After practice on Tuesday, head coach Mark Helfrich discussed the team’s preparation for the Beavers on a short week. Oregon State is going through a similar …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) fires a pass to a teammate in the first half. The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Stack up: Oregon and Oregon State heading in different directions as Civil War nears

While Oregon’s matchup against USC was taking place, ESPN analyst Danny Kanell tweeted that based on the eye-test, the Ducks should be in the College Football Playoff committee’s top four. If the committee truly went by “eye test” or “who is playing the best” right now — Oregon would be …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Charles Nelson (6) is mobbed by ducks after a big touch down. The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Oregon seniors brace for final game at Autzen against rival Oregon State

Oregon’s senior football players will take the field at Autzen Stadium for the last time in Friday’s annual Civil War game against Oregon State. “It’s kind of crazy,” senior defensive lineman DeForest Buckner said. “Time flies, to be honest. Me and the seniors just have to soak it all in.” …

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Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich shakes students hands before the game. The No. 23 Oregon Ducks face the No. 22 USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 21, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Oregon does great job of ‘sticking with it,’ now winners of five straight

The words “what if” seems to be the ones that will define the 2015 Oregon football season. After Vernon Adams Jr. effortlessly tacked on touchdown pass after touchdown pass in the Ducks’ 48-28 win over USC last Saturday, Oregon is now ranked 18 in the AP Poll and is one game away …

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