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Kim: Why Oregon still has as good a shot as anyone to make College Football Playoff

Last season, I walked out of Autzen Stadium following Oregon’s Thursday night loss to Arizona thinking there was no way this team was making the inaugural College Football Playoff. I wasn’t alone. Flooding the exits all around were justifiably discouraged fans, who seemed to have lost all hope of seeing their …



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Kim: Oregon receives wake up call from Michigan State, experiences life without Mariota

Vernon Adams Jr. was the last player to take the podium as lights and cameras quickly brightened the lifted stage following No. 5 Michigan State’s (2-0) 31-28 victory over No. 7 Oregon (1-1). Adams, who finished the game 22-of-39 for 309 yards, one touchdown and two picks, knew he had …



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Kim: Oregon fans lack enthusiasm as NCAA tournament approaches

I briefly spoke with former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington on Saturday morning. We discussed the current state of the Pit Crew and Oregon men’s basketball since transitioning from McArthur Court to Matthew Knight Arena. If you didn’t already know, Harrington was one of 10 original members of the Pit Crew …



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Gaffney: How “hook-up culture” has destroyed modern romance

I’m not exactly sure when romance died for our generation. It certainly hasn’t been an overnight process – rather a more gradual decline in which the notions of romance and monogamy have detiriorated from the inside out. In fact, the concept of a relationship nowadays is borderline horrifying for most people. What? …



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Comnes: Happiness isn't found at the bottom of a Twitter feed

A good indicator of addiction is dreading no longer having access to the object of the addiction. An aspect of dependency is not knowing how to navigate the world when the object of dependency is not available. This is why I was worried when I realized how much I was …



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Wieber: To this point, Trail Blazers exceed expectations

Coming into the season, the Blazers were expected to be a doormat team, a shell of their former selves. They have four rookies in their regular rotation, including their starting point guard, and were expected to have a defense among the leagues worst. 11 games in, they are far from …



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Wieber: Miami Marlins' con of fans could've happened in Portland

About a year ago, the Florida Marlins rebranded themselves. They moved into a brand new $640 million ball park in Miami, changed their name to the Miami Marlins, designed a new logo and spent $190 million in free agency. The ballpark was funded by taxpayer money, and in order to …



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Long: Ducks vs. Crimson Tide, the fight we wanted to see

Speed against power. Cutting edge meets tradition. Flashy versus methodical. New versus old. West Coast faces the Deep South. Visor takes on a polo. The prospect of an Alabama-Oregon BCS title game had all the makings of a fight to end all fights. This year, with Oregon’s offense in a …



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Why Stanford will beat Oregon

**Editor’s Note: Each week during football season we will feature an essay from the opponent’s student newspaper on how Oregon will lose. This week’s edition is from Miles Bennett-Smith, the sports reporter at Stanford’s Stanford Daily.** History is rarely kind to the underdog. In colonization, in investment banking, in politics …



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Long: Penn State pride is on the rebound

Jerry Sandusky got whacked in the face. He deserved it. Thirty to 60 years in prison isn’t nearly enough for what he did, but he will die in jail. And that is how it should be. Everybody who covered for him at Penn State got whacked in the face as …



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Paskal: How far can Oregon volleyball go?

The American Volleyball Coaches Association released their weekly poll of collegiate volleyball teams and the Oregon Ducks once again found themselves slotted at No. 2, tying their highest ranking in program history. The Ducks are now only ranked behind Stanford, the only team that has managed to defeat them this …



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Why USC will beat Oregon

**Editor’s Note: Each week during football season we will feature an essay from the opponent’s student newspaper on how Oregon will lose. This week’s edition is from Nicholas Burton (@NickMBurton), from USC’s Daily Trojan.** Ah, the Oregon Ducks. This is quite the rivalry the Ducks and the Trojans have developed …



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Long: For seniors, this Oregon football season is special

I avoid talking about football games in the month of January and the Oregon Ducks in the same sentence. To predict the future is to jinx it. When people ask me for an opinion on where the Ducks will play in the postseason I usually answer, but I look for …



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Long: Lessons I taught my dad

I liked watching sports as a kid. Scratch that. I was obsessed with watching sports as a kid. My dad was worried for me. Not because I was some obese couch potato or airhead gamer, but because if I was talking, it was about sports.



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Wieber: The BCS is a lesson in arbitrariness

Earlier this week, when the second BCS rankings came out, the Ducks dropped from third to fourth. This sent Duck fans into a frenzy. How could they make the title game now? They’re fourth! And Notre Dame is closing in on them. Voters surely are playing favorites with the SEC, …



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Long: Mariota will see more success than Darron Thomas

The hoopla is over. The islander quarterback is in fact a human being. His five interceptions the past four games prove his mortality. Yet, despite Kilimanjaro-sized expectations coming into his premier season, Marcus Mariota has weathered the storm of the first half of his first college football season — and …



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Rosenthal: Civil War for the ages could be in store

The Ducks came in third in the first batch of BCS Standings because the computers hate Chip Kelly. Ranked second in the human polls, the Ducks average ranking in the computer polls was sixth. One computer even ranked the Ducks tenth, and four of the six computer rankings in the …



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Long: Striving to keep the journalist and fan apart

Being a student sports journalist in college is tough. And no, it isn’t because of the way we are belittled by media relations folk or scoffed at by our peers for thinking we could make a career out of what we are doing. The difficulty is not in the meager …



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Wieber: MLB's one-game Wild Card round should be embraced

Baseball is doing the lesser teams a favor by giving them one last chance, and now people want to hand out more charity? If a team can’t get it done in 162 games, what will they accomplish with two more?



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Paskal: What the world was like the last time the Huskies beat the Ducks

The beauty of college football is that every game is important. For teams like Alabama and Oregon that have national title aspirations, a single sloppy game that results in a loss could all but ensure that these goals will not be met. While this need for perfection can be frustrating …



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Rosenthal: All things considered, Ducks pass first road test

At the end of the day the Ducks are 5-0 no matter how you slice it. There are things to smooth out for sure, but in the end it’s pretty simple: the Ducks’ goal every time they step onto the field is to win.



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Walks: Students still want their share of night games

To those unaffiliated with the program complaining about late games: shush. Crack a beer. Enjoy your day, and then enjoy your night with your favorite football team.



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Long: Ducks diversify the passing game, for the better

Opponents of the Ducks are used to having to ask themselves who the ball is going to. Now they have to wonder — who isn’t it going to?



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Rosenthal: Replacement refs are not the problem

If a football coach started a seventh grader at left tackle, people wouldn’t be in an uproar over why the seventh grader couldn’t block a 6’8″ 300-pound defensive linemen.



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Long: Numbers indicate the Ducks are just fine

Stats. They are the proof in sports. Much like DNA evidence or eyewitness testimony in a courtroom, stats are the substantiation for almost everything in college football. And in the stat book so far, the men in varying shades of green and yellow have impressed this season. Yes, I agree …



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Paskal: USC's loss can serve as a learning experience for Oregon

With USC losing to Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. on Saturday night, it’s fair to say the coronation of Matt Barkley and Southern Cal as the kings of the Pac-12 came a tad early.



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Walks: Welcome to year two of the topsy-turvy Pac-12

The Pac-12 is a weird, weird conference. First, the conference hasn’t had a winning bowl season since going 5-0 in 2008. Last year’s realignment — ostensibly to allow for a conference championship game for more moolah and visibility — ended up as sort of a failure in its first year. …



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Rosenthal: Colorado football should be euthanized

It’s time to put the Colorado football out of its misery. I know, I know, the so-called “death penalty” is normally reserved for egregious NCAA violations. But in the case of Colorado football, being this flat-out awful should also warrant the death penalty. It’s the only compassionate course of action, …



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Long: Marijuana a football-future killer

Tyrann Mathieu, Cliff Harris, Michael Dyer, Jeremiah Masoli, Greg Reid. What do all these familiar names have in common? At one point they were all college football superstars on some of the nation’s premier teams. But sadly, the similarity that has come to define them is that they have all …



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Paskal: Ducks can solidify team identity against Tennessee Tech

With the news coming out this week that both John Boyett and Carson York are done for the season, Oregon’s game Saturday against Tennessee Tech takes on a slightly more important tone. The Ducks are currently 2-0, but aside from their first-half effort against Arkansas State have not looked as …



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