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Friday, November 30, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Football news always slows down as the regular season ends but recruiting news picks up. Rob Moseley takes a look.

Justin Hopkins, co-publisher of, which closely follows UO recruiting, said the staff is in a critical period of assessing where they stand with their top remaining targets. This past Sunday, following the team’s postseason awards banquet, Oregon’s assistant coaches headed out on the road to visit many of those recruits, after which the staff will decide which to continue pursuing, and which to move on from.

The fact the Ducks have yet to stop recruiting many of those players is a sign of the staff’s confidence, Hopkins thinks.

• Who would you rather play in the Fiesta Bowl? Current favorite is Florida in this poll.

Never too early to talk about 2014 bowl scenarios and Oregon is mentioned in the final four scenario.

Oregon, which made the "Final Four," against Notre Dame, with the winner to face the other semifinal winner, Alabama or Florida, for the national title.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Kenjon Barner was named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and was also tabbed a finalist for the Walter Camp player of the year award yesterday.

Barner, a senior from Riverside, Calif., has run for 1,624 yards and scored 22 touchdowns this season to rank fourth in the country in rushing (135.3 avg.) and sixth in scoring (11.0 ppg). He also rates second nationally in TDs scored while ascending to second on the Ducks’ all-time single-season scoring list (132 points) and fourth on the one-year rushing ledger.

• Who are the Pac-12's worst teams? Ted Miller takes a look and what do you know, two of my faves are in the mix, the fuskies and the beavs.

Jackson Long at the ODE picks their top ten moments of the 2012 football season. It's a pretty good list so check it out.

• Marcus Mariota was named a finalist for the Manning Award which is given annually to the top collegiate quarterback in the country.

The Honolulu, Hawaii standout previously was announced as the Pac-12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year and became the league’s first freshman to be named to the first-team all-conference contingent at quarterback since 1989. Mariota also became the school’s first freshman quarterback in 21 years to start the season opener while leading the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (5th nationally) and ranking second in the conference in touchdown passes (30). His completion percentage of 69.87% is currently ahead of the NCAA freshman record of 69.5 percent (Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, 2007). He has completed 218 of 312 passes for 2,511 yards to go along with only six interceptions.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Bob Clark looks ahead to the 2013 season to see who will likely return for Oregon.

The offense returns eight starters, losing Kenjon Barner and the two guards. The defense returns seven starters, though two of the losses are those inside linebackers who did so much.

Adam Jude, who is grasping for story ideas IMO, wonders if the Ducks could play the Gators in the Fiesta Bowl.

On a similar topic, Oklahoma is trying to avoid another trip to the Fiesta Bowl. (although it says otherwise, could it be they don't want to play the Ducks?)

• Oregon based, SportsOne, Inc., has been selected to stage the Fiesta Bowl pep rallies.

• Jerry Thompson talks about gathering all of the material used in his seven hour, four DVD production of "Mighty Oregon," which covers the history of Oregon football from 1894 through the 2012 Rose Bowl. A sure hit for the Duck fan on your Christmas list.

Ted Miller looks at the 2013 Pac-12 schedule rotation where you will notice the following games for Oregon:



Miss: Arizona State, USC

Ted also updates the Pac-12 stat numbers compared to the rest of the nation. Oregon is mentioned numerous times.

Have you seen the redesigned It was due for a serious makeover and loads much faster and looks better.

• Ken Goe wonders if the Cal and Colorado athletic directors should learn from Oregon's example when it comes to hiring a new coach.

The people in charge at Oregon figured out that having a revolving door in the head coach's office is not a model for success. They opted to make a good hire, and have enough faith and guts to stick with him.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
The latest BCS standings have Oregon in the 5th spot with a likely Fiesta Bowl spot in their immediate future. Rob Moseley and Kevin Gemmell weigh in.

The Ducks are likely headed to the Fiesta Bowl, for the second time. Oregon would play in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., for the second time in three years. Two years ago, it was for the BCS title. Now, it’s for a Fiesta Bowl win — a heck of a consolation prize, but a consolation prize nonetheless.

Yes, Oregon football has come a long way.

“I’m really proud for our kids,” defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. “Eleven-and-one is a great season.”

• Michael Clay and Marcus Mariota shared the MVP honors at the team awards banquet held Sunday afternoon.

Charles analyzes the "cat & mouse" game Oregon played against the beavs.

Adam Jude reports on the Chip Kelly to the NFL rumors.

You'll find Oregon in the second position in the latest Pac-12 power rankings.

• Marcus Mariota was named the Pac-12 freshman offensive player of the year as well as making it on the first team offense. Numerous other Oregon players were announced by the Pac-12 as well.

• Can the cresting dynasty at Oregon continue? Aaron Fentress takes a closer look.

Oregon's signature -- beyond its uniforms -- is the no-huddle, spread-option offense. Returning to a more traditional offense would make Oregon just another good team in the Pac-12 that would spit out 10-win seasons here and there but face inevitable downturns. 

Keep the system intact and Oregon remains a problem for opponents until the rest of the football world adjusts.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Rob Moseley and Ken Woody talk about the Civil War victory in this edition of the Postgame Brew.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ken Goe gives credit where credit is due and does a little house cleaning.

Give UO coach Chip Kelly credit. He has revolutionized the game and taken Oregon places that nobody who remembers the struggles of the previous century ever could have imagined.

Rob Moseley has all of the Register Guard game coverage links you could ever hope for after the Civil War victory.

Aaron Fentress believes the Ducks will end up in the Fiesta Bowl playing the Big 12 champion.

Dale Newton believes the kicking game misery is almost over.

Ted Miller looks back at what we learned in week thirteen in the Pac-12.

Kevin Gemmell has a helmet sticker for De'Anthony Thomas.

For just the second time this year, Thomas crossed the 100-yard rushing mark, totaling 122 yards on 17 carries (7.2 average) with three touchdowns in the Ducks' 48-24 win over Oregon State.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Chip Kelly, Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota talk with the media after the Civil War victory. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

KEZI shares their late news coverage video on the Civil War victory for Oregon.

• The game wasn't as close as the 48-24 final would indicate and the win will likely earn the Ducks a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. We'll have to wait and on that one though. Lots of game stories so here we go.

Ted Miller said it was close and then it wasn't; Aaron Fentress says turnovers were the key and they righted the ship; Scott Reed said it was a strong performance; Ken Woody believes the Ducks blew it open in the third quarter; Josh W. called it a "chippy" win for Oregon; Robby Boydstun notes DAT played with high emotions; Rob Moseley looks at the BCS bowl picture and figures Oregon will play Kansas St. or Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl; Adam Jude notes the record setting six takeaways and DAT's fiery performance; Matt Walks provides the ODE coverage; and ESPN round out the coverage.

The Oregonian and the Oregon Daily Emerald took some nice photos during the game.

John Canzano wonders if Chip Kelly coached in his last Civil War.

On Saturday when I asked if the "unfinished business" he talked about when he turned down a shot at coaching in the NFL is still unfinished, he hedged.

"I wasn't talking about wins and losses when I said that," Kelly said. "I was talking what this team is about, we don't grade ourselves on wins and losses ... we grade ourselves on whether we do the right things on and off the field. This team -- it's young -- but they get it." 

So what's left for Kelly at Oregon? (lots I hope)


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Adam Jude believes the Ducks need to bring the Ferrari (De'Anthony Thomas) out of the garage against the beavs.

This Civil War is like the state's biggest car show of the year, and who wouldn't want to show off his polished, Sunday best on a day like that?

• Bob Clark believes there will be no stopping the Oregon offense if they get their run game going.

• Joel previews the Civil War.

• Ken Goe, along with many others, find it unfortunate that many Civil War fans won't be able to watch this year's edition because of an impasse between the Pac-12 Network and DirecTV.

Aaron Fentress and John Hunt predict an Oregon victory.

Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"

The Civil War has been all Oregon lately. Oregon has won four straight and those wins came by an average of 19.0 points. A win would give Oregon a five-game win streak in the series, the second-longest Oregon win streak in the history of this rivalry. These teams have played each other 115 times with the first meeting in 1894.

Rob Moseley predicts  a victory for the Ducks today and will be interested to see...

...what the Ducks get from Mariota, Barner and Thomas. Oregon State has been killed by Oregon's run game the last few years, and you'd expect the Beavers to try to avoid that by loading up to stop Barner and Thomas. For 10 weeks, Mariota was good enough to beat teams that did that. Last week, he wasn't. Has he hit some sort of wall? Or was that just a blip in his ascendancy to elite status nationally?

My prediction: Oregon 52 - beav trash 27


Friday, November 23, 2012

Beaver Jokes

• The gift that keeps on giving. Added a few new ones this year. These never get old, enjoy!

Q: What's the difference between the beavers and a dollar bill?
A: You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill.

Two osu football players, Bubba and Tiny, were taking an important exam. If they failed, they would be on academic probation and not allowed to play in the big game the following week. The exam was "fill in the blank" and the last question read, "Old MacDonald had a____." Bubba was stumped -- he had no idea what to answer, but he knew he needed to get this one right to be sure he passed. Making sure the teacher wasn't watching, he tapped Tiny in the shoulder. "Tiny, what's the answer to the last question?"

Tiny laughed, then looked around to make sure the professor hadn't noticed. He turned to Bubba and said, "Bubba, you're so stupid. Everyone knows that Old MacDonald had a FARM."

"Oh yeah," said Bubba, "I remember now." he picked up his No. 2 pencil and started to write the answer in the blank. Then he stopped. Tapping Tiny on the shoulder, he whispered, "Tiny, how do you spell farm?"

"You are really dumb, Bubba. that's so easy," hissed Tiny, "farm is spelled ‘E-I-E-I-O’."

Q: What has twenty legs and three teeth???
A: The first row at reser stadium

Did you hear the osu library burned down?
The saddest part was that half the books weren't colored in yet.

Q: What do you call a Beav with 1/2 a brain???
A: Gifted

Mike Riley is only dressing 10 players for the osu game against Oregon.
The rest of the team will get dressed by themselves.

 Q: What are the best four years of a beaver grad's life?
A: Third grade

osu Computer Terminology:
Logon -- Makin' the wood stove hotter
Download -- Gettin' the farwood off the truck
Floppy disk -- What you get from carrying too much farwood
Hard Drive -- Gettin' yer pickup home from the bar
Windows -- What to shut when it's cold outside
Chip -- Vittles to eat when yer sitting in front of the TV
Modem -- Whatcha done to the hayfields
Dot Matrix -- Bubba Matrix's wife
Lap top -- Where the kittycat sleeps
Software -- Those dang plastic forks and spoons
Mouse -- The reason you put out the D-Con
Main frame -- The part that holds up the barn roof
Apple - whatcha' eat when you put your teeth in.
Mac - whatcha' eat when your special lady comes over.
Keyboard - where you hang your screwdriver that starts the Datsun.
Cpu - the pretty robot in star wars.
Monitor - that thingy on your ankle the sheriff makes you wear.
Megabyte - your favorite dinner sausage at 7-11

Q: What the difference between the beavs and Cheerios???
A:Cheerios usually end up in a bowl

The recent budget cuts have taken a serious toll at OSU

They have had to cut both drivers education and sexual education courses

When the campus mule died last week, there just wasn't enough money to replace her

Q: Why are there so many unsolved murders in Corvallis?
A: There are no dental records and everyone has the same DNA

What do you call a beav with 2 brain cells???


If Chuck Norris coached the beavs, he'd roundhouse kick himself in the face.

Q: How do you know the toothbrush was invented at osu?
A: If it was invented anywhere else, it would have been called a teethbrush.

Q: Why are there so many unsolved murders in North Dakota?
A: There are no dental records and everyone has the same DNA

Did you hear about the power outage in Corvallis?
30 people were stuck on the escalator for five hours.

What does the average Corvallis high school student get on their SAT?

Why did they raise the drinking age in Corvallis to 25?
They wanted to keep booze out of the high schools.

What's the most popular pickup line in Corvallis?
Nice tooth.

Did you hear that the President of OSU's mansion burned down over the weekend? Almost took the whole trailer park with it.

Mike Riley passes away, and God rewards him with a house in heaven. Mike doesn't want to be disrespectful, or ungrateful, but can't help but ask why he was given such a small home, but Chip Kelly has the huge mansion on the hill, decked out with everything Ducks...people laughing and having a great time there. God replied," Oh Mike, that's not Chip's house...that's my house."

Why don't OSU football players count sheep to fall asleep at night? They have other plans for their four legged friends.

I've always felt that being a Beaver prepares you for life. You learn not to expect too much.

What do you call a Beaver golfing with an IQ of 120?
A foursome!

What's the biggest lie told in Corvallis?
"I was just helping that sheep over the fence."

Why do Beaver football players only wear Levi 501 jeans?
Zippers make Sheep nervous.

Why is a tornado and a Beaver divorce similar?
You know someone is going to lose a house trailer!

What does a Beaver say to a Duck at MacDonald's?
"Do you want to Supersize that?"

An OSU student walked into a bar in Eugene and ordered two beers. After he paid for the beers he drank one and poured the other one all over his right hand. The bartender was curious to what he was doing so he asked him, and the OSU student replied "I'm trying to get my date drunk."

One day at the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter was greeting new comers. The first man was a brilliant engineer Boston College, so he and St. Peter talked about the great structures and buildings of the world. Next was a mathematician from Harvard, so they talked about the most complex mathmatical problems in the history of civilization. The third guy had an IQ of 78 and a six pack in his right hand and St. Peter says, "How 'bout them Beavs!"

What's orange & black and goes 100 mph?
A Beaver in a blender.

Why wasn't Jesus born in Corvallis?
God couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.

How do you make a OSU graduate leave your house?
Pay him for the pizza.

What's black and blue and goes tha-dump, tha-dump, tha-dump?
A Beaver in a dryer.

Why don't they raise chickens in Corvallis?
They plant the eggs too deep.

How do you keep a Beaver out of your front yard?
Put up some goalposts.

Why do OSU graduates put their diploma on the car dashboard?
So they can park in the handicap spots.

Why did OSU decide to put Astro-Turf in Reser Stadium?
To keep the cheerleaders from grazing.

What do you get when you breed a OSU Beaver and a Groundhog?
Six more weeks of bad football.

What does a OSU woman tell her lover when she's done with sex?
"Get off me, Dad, you're crushing my smokes!"


Morning Mud: Bonus Video

De'Anthony Thomas, Terrance Mitchell and Marcus Mariota talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

KEZI produced and aired this Civil War preview special and makes it available to those not in the local area.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Keanon Lowe sits down with KEZI reporter Erick Elken to talk about the Civil War.

Josh S. breaks down what it will take to beat the beavs.

A lot of this game will depend on whether or not Mariota is back on par with his usual performance... Something tells me Oregon will be back to its usual ways this Saturday...

Adam Jude notes Oregon will put its impressive road winning streak on the line when they travel to corvallis on Saturday.

Nathan doesn't have lot of love for the blackened hearts of beav nation.

Nice story on Will Murphy and the support he has given one small boy fighting a terrible disease.

Adam Jude sat down with Joey Harrington recently for a little Q&A session to talk about the Civil War, his new job and Marcus Mariota. Here is one of my favorites from the story:

Q: Do you have a favorite Civil War memory, either as a fan or a player?

A: It's absolutely Dino Philyaw (from 1994). That was at what was then Parker Stadium and (Oregon fans) took down the goal post ... and Oregon clinched their first Rose Bowl in forever. Danny O'Neil and that team, they were just really fun to watch. The season had started so rough; they were 1-2 to start the season and then they just made this improbable run that ended in Corvallis. It was just a fight of a football game. It will always be my favorite memory. ... I was at home, watching on TV (as a high school freshman).


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Kenjon Barner, Mark Helfrich, Tyler Johnstone, and Ricky Heimuli talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Joey opens the history book and looks back at historic moments in the annual Civil War.

The 2012 Civil War game is going to be a true test for Oregon, and for Duck fans. If you make the trip up to Corvallis this year, just remember - there is nothing civil about this war.

• shares their weekly football release for the Civil War.

• Adan Jude has a nice story on center Hronnis Grasu who clears out the chaos for Mariota.

• Anne M. Peterson previews the Civil War and calls it a study in opposites. Kind of like big brother, little brother.

Aaron Fentress wonders if Oregon can slow down the passing attack of the beavs.

Kenjon Barner wonders if he was a little "too patient" waiting for running lanes to open against Stanford.

Rob Moseley provides us with a complete weekend viewing guide to the important games for Duck fans.

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell give their Pac-12 predictions for the weekend and both favor Oregon.

Marcus Mariota blames himself for the loss against Stanford and looks to bounce back this week.

"When you see a kid like that you understand why we know he's such a special kid because of how hard he is on himself," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "You watch how well he's practiced the last two days and you get excited about the next opportunity to go out there and try to straighten the ship out."

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy a day of family, friends, football and food and give thanks for all that is special to you and your loved ones.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

• Mike Jorgensen and Jill Savage preview the Civil War.

Marcus Mariota and Chip Kelly talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Nick Aliotti talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of the ODE.

Ted Miller, Rob Moseley and Joe preview the Civil War.

Moseley: The Ducks (10-1, 7-1) are looking to recover from their first loss of the season, which ended a school-record 13-game winning streak. Oregon needs a win Saturday plus a Stanford loss to UCLA in order to stay alive for its fourth straight conference title, and the Ducks need USC to upset Notre Dame in order to keep their BCS championship hopes alive.

The Nikeblog unveiled a new Civil War T-shirt.

Ken Goe says the Civil War rhetoric has toned down but mentions the beav trash have not forgotten the "little brother" comment from two years ago.

• Koa Ka'ai has been named to the first team Pac-12 all-academic team and Dion Jordan is now a finalist for the Butkus Award.

• Have a desire to attend the Pac-12 championship game? All the details are here.

The Championship Game will be played on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. PT at Oregon, Stanford, or UCLA with the final site determined by this Saturday’s games between Stanford-UCLA and Oregon-Oregon State. 

The following scenarios will determine the host institution:
Stanford will host if it beats UCLA;
Oregon will host if it beats Oregon State AND UCLA beats Stanford;
UCLA will host if it beats Stanford AND Oregon State beats Oregon.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets this week. Ticket prices at each university start between $80-$85.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Mark Helfrich, Michael Clay and Nick Cody talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Rob Moseley reports the Ducks have turned their attention to preparing for the Civil War.

"Pride," [Michael] Clay said. "It's the Civil War. How can you not be ready for the Civil War?"

 Charles analyzes what went wrong for the offense against Stanford.

Aaron Fentress takes a sneak peek at the upcoming game against the beav trash.

• Oregon falls to the third spot in Ted Miller's Pac-12 power rankings.

BCS championship game? Take care of business first.

Redshirt freshmen WR Devon Blackmon is in the process of transferring according to the Ducks.

Pac-12 bowl scenarios are spelled out on this report.

• BenzDuck opens the history book and lists the many reasons not to like Stanford.

• Kenjon Barner was named one of three finalists for the Doak Award yesterday.

Barner's friend and former teammate LaMichael James won the award in 2010, and it remains the most prestigious individual award ever given to an Oregon football player.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Not much news (at least not good news) from the world of Oregon football yesterday. The one and only bright spot is the outside chance of going to the national championship. Realistically that is not likely to happen. Oregon fell to 5th in the AP and 4th in the coaches poll. We currently sit at 5th in the BCS.

• Rob Moseley lists the games and outcomes Duck fans should root for.

If you're an Oregon fan holding out hope for the natty, you really want to see ...

1) The Ducks beat Oregon State next week;
2) USC beat Notre Dame next week;
3) Florida State beat Florida next week.

A Stanford loss to UCLA, and a subsequent win over UCLA in the Pac-12 title game by Oregon, would also help, but I'm not sure it's critical.

• Pat and Jai over at also list important games to watch that will have a big impact on where Oregon will be ranked when the season is over.

One thing nobody mentions, if the Ducks take care of business against the beavs they will still end up in the top ten of the BCS and will almost assuredly be an at-large BCS team and go to one of the big BCS bowl games. How entertaining would a Texas A&M vs Oregon matchup be?


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Chip Kelly, Nick Aliotti, Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota talk with the media after the gut wrenching loss to Stanford. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Jake Zivin @KEZI calls it the worst kind of deja vu as the Ducks lose 17-14 in overtime on a missed field goal.

• On to the all of the game recap stories. Rob Moseley called it a stunning loss; Bob Clark says it's either feast of famine; Alejandro Maldonado would like to have that game back after great practices; Adam Jude wonders if Chip Kelly might have been distracted last week; Aaron Fentress said repeated miscues cost the Ducks dearly; Carl says it's not the end of the world even if it feels like it; Ken Woody believes Mariota's freshmen nerves and inexperience couldn't have come at a worse time; Steve Summers gives the Stanford defense credit; ESPN and round out the coverage.

Thomas Boyd and Chris Wilson took some nice photos of the game and festivities.

• Time to regroup and plan for a total beav trash annihilation.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

KEZI takes a look at how the Gameday crew gets setup in just a short amount of time.

KEZI talks with the Gameday hosts and they talk about why they like coming to Eugene.

• Seems Puddles lost his head in the filming of a stunt yesterday for the Gameday show. Video courtesy of KVAL.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

CBS wonders if there is an upset in the making today. Uhhh, let me think about that, don't think so.

Kirk Herbstreit picked Oregon previously but talks about Stanford's strengths.

Bob Clark adds fuel to the upset fire by taking a deeper look at the Stanford "fearsome" Cardinal D-line.

Ted Miller likens the matchup to a couple of my favorite cartoon characters.

Oregon is on track for its fourth consecutive outright Pac-12 title. As ESPN's Brad Edwards noted this week : "If [the Ducks] can win [the Pac-12 title game] again this season, they will join John McKay's USC teams from 1966 to 1969 as the only groups in the history of that conference to win four consecutive outright titles." 

Opponents haven't been able to slow down the Ducks' potent offense for four quarters. So Oregon is historically good. 

And Stanford, though on a historically good run for its own program, has been the Wile E. Coyote to the Oregon Roadrunner.

Adam Jude has a nice piece on Carson York's progress.

Aaron Fentress previews today's game and has Oregon winning.

Joel has an in depth preview and likes the Ducks.

Chip Kelly is one of eighteen coaches on the watch list for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award.

• Ted Miller wonders "did you know."

Oregon is the only team in FBS to have at least two touchdown drives in two minutes or less in all of its games this season. The Ducks have scored 14 touchdowns in two minutes or less in three games against Stanford since Chip Kelly took over in 2009, including five such touchdowns in each of the last two games against the Cardinal. Those are the only two games in the last eight seasons in which Stanford has allowed five or more such touchdown drives.

• Rob Moseley  predicts an Oregon victory and will be interested to see... Mariota factors into the run game. Recall the 2010 Oregon-Stanford game, when Darron Thomas -- no track star -- was unleashed on the ground, running 15 times for 117 yards. Of course, Chip Kelly would say the Ducks were just taking what the defense gave them. But I suspect there's a little more emphasis from Oregon on the quarterback keeping the ball when something like that happens. Mariota's shoulder problems the last two weeks, and unwillingness to slide feet first, might preclude the Ducks from calling many runs for him. But if they do, history shows Oregon has hurt the Stanford defense that way.

My prediction: 48-10 Oregon. Chrome dome, green jersey, black pants.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Dior Mathis and James Scales talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of ODE and KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of the Daily Emerald.

Adam Jude wonders if Stanford can make the second half interesting this year.

"I think the entire conference has an Oregon problem," Stanford coach David Shaw said.

"We don't talk about stopping anything," Shaw said. "We're talking about slowing everybody down. There's no stopping these guys.

Ted Miller talks about the biggest Pac-12 matchup this weekend.

• Brian talks about winning the national title and what that would mean. Other good reads at include a Stanford opponent breakdown by Josh S. and a big "thanks for nothing Alabama" by Josh W.

Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller both predict an Oregon victory against Stanford.

A win against Stanford locks up the Pac-12 North for Oregon.

If the Ducks can get past visiting Stanford this week, they'll lock up the division and earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. They still have to go through Oregon State next week -- but wins over both of those clubs should help them in the BCS standings. Well, at least on the computer side. The Ducks hold the No. 1 spot in both human polls. So if they win out, they will be in the national championship game.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Nick Cody and Tyler Johnstone talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Kirk Herbstreit breaks down the Stanford vs Oregon matchup.

Mike Jorgensen and Jill Savage preview the matchup this weekend with Stanford.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Aaron Fentress reports Oregon's battered defense braces for Stanford's power running game.

"They are a power, downhill, a lot of big personnel group running team coupled with play action," Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. "That's what sticks out the most. They are probably going to feel pretty good after watching some of that film (against California)."

• Unstoppable force meets immovable object is one way to put it when Oregon takes on Stanford.

“Best D line we’ve faced so far,” UO senior guard Ryan Clanton said. “They scheme, they disguise blitzes — you can’t tell at the snap what they’re going to do. And they’re physical.”

Who has the toughest remaining schedule among the contenders for the BCS championship game? Oregon gets the vote.

Oregon might have the toughest remaining schedule but Las Vegas likes the Ducks to win it all.

John Canzano believes Chip Kelly will opt for the NFL when he completes unfinished business.

Ken Goe likes Chip's chances in the NFL if he did leave Oregon.

Chris Brown calls Chip Kelly football the new old school. (good read with a plug for FishDuck)

Ted Miller updates his superlative tracker where you will find a few Oregon notables.

Many teams must wonder, did we just get Mariota-ed?

"I think he is as composed and has as full a package as any quarterback I've seen, especially a redshirt freshman," [Jeff] Tedford said. "He's quick with decision-making. He doesn't force balls, doesn't turn it over. He's big. He's very fast. He makes good decisions. Very accurate throwing the ball. ... We did a pretty decent job against the run game the other night but he killed us."


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

ESPN promotes this weekends matchup against Stanford.

Mark Helfrich, Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner and Michael Clay talk to reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with the media after practice yesterday and talked about preparing for the Stanford game. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Rob Moseley sets the stage for the game against Stanford.

The Ducks (10-0, 7-0) are playing their first game of the year as the No. 1 team in the polls, though they're No. 2 in the BCS standings behind Kansas State. Oregon can clinch the Pac-12 North division by beating Stanford on Saturday, and would thus host the conference title game in two weeks, regardless of the outcome of the Civil War to close out the regular season.

• Rumor has it Bryan Bennett is also taking practice reps on defense along with De'Anthony.

Looks like we will have some defensive players who were injured joining the team this week.

• Getting game experience in the blowout games early in the season has paid dividends according to this report.

Kyle Long has taken a long and winding road to make it to Oregon in his final year of eligibility.

You'll find Oregon mentioned numerous times in this edition of stat attack.

Ted Miller takes a quick look at the game against Stanford.

Stanford leads the series 44-30-1, but Oregon has won nine of the past 10. The Ducks have scored 105 points combined in the past two games while winning each by more than 20 points. Stanford will be the highest-ranked opponent that Oregon has faced thus far this season. Both teams control their own Pac-12 destiny. If either wins its final two games, it will win the Pac-12's North Division and host the Pac-12 title game. 

A key question for the Ducks is the health of their defense, which might be without several starters due to injury. Stanford has the Pac-12's best defense. Oregon has the best offense. The critical matchup is the Ducks running game, which ranks third in the nation (325 yards per game), against Stanford's run defense, which ranks No. 1 in the nation (58.6 yards per game). Of course, California did a nice job against the Ducks running game last weekend, but QB Marcus Mariota passed for 377 yards and six touchdowns.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Koa Ka'ai, TE turned DE due to injuries, and Chip Kelly talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of the Oregon Daily Emerald and KEZI.

Rob Moseley and Ken Woody discuss the victory at Cal last Saturday in this edition of the Postgame Brew. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Nick Aliotti talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of the Oregon Daily Emerald.

Aaron Fentress takes a sneak peek at the upcoming Stanford game.

Early prediction: The Ducks have so much offense that at times it doesn't seem to matter what they do on defense. That will hold true on Saturday. UO 52, Stanford 24.

• Rob Moseley reports the Oregon defense looks to regroup after injuries took their toll at Cal.

Adam Jude notes Avery Patterson is out for the remainder of the season (according to a source) with a torn ACL.

With all the injuries to the defense might we see De'Anthony on that side of the ball? Maybe.

Charles analyzes a couple of new passing formations seen at the Cal game.

Would Oregon be the BCS favorite with no SEC teams in the picture?

• Bob Clark reports all eyes will be on the game against Stanford this Saturday in front of a nation wide audience.

Ted Miller and Matt Hayes both have Oregon at #1 in their respective Pac-12 power rankings.

There is a mad dash to the finish line in the Pac-12 and Oregon leads the way.

Ted Miller has Marcus Mariota as an offensive standout in his weekly Pac-12 rewind.

Despite getting banged up in the first half, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was brilliant in the win at California, completing 27 of 34 passes for 377 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 42 yards. He's now No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Alex Balducci (who burned his redshirt) and DeForest Buckner, who are both true freshmen, talk about the Cal win after the game. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Oregon claims the number two spot in the latest BCS rankings and climbs to number one in the human polls.

Rob Moseley talks about the latest polls but also includes the news that Marcus Mariota has taken over the lead in nationwide passing efficiency.

On the strength of his 27-of-34 day in Berkeley, Mariota moved up to No. 1 nationally in pass efficiency, with a 176.96 rating. The FBS freshman record is 180.4, by Michael Vick in 1999.

The Oregon defense sure has a different look to it when you compare the two-deep chart from when the season started to the current version.

Ken Goe wonders if Stanford has a chance against Oregon. Probably not.

John Canzano talks about Oregon's remaining games and a couple of concerns we all have. The d-line and Mariota's health.

Ted Miller also wonders about health issues as Stanford comes to town.

Kevin Gemmell has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota after his masterful performance against Cal.

The accolades continue as Mariota matched an Oregon record by throwing six touchdowns. He completed 27 of 34 passes for 377 yards. He also carried six times for 42 yards.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

• Chip Kelly talks with reporters after the 59-17 victory at Cal. Video courtesy of the Oregon Daily Emerald.

Josh Huff talks with the media after the game on his big night. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Keeerrrttt shares their video of pregame activities along with post game interviews with coaches and players after the 59-17 Oregon victory at Cal.

ESPN has a few highlights from the game after a big night from Mariota and Huff.

• There was plenty to feel nervous about as Oregon players continued to leave the game with injuries but after the defense settled down and the offense began clicking it became evident that Oregon would leave Berkeley with a victory. On to the game coverage stories.

Ted Miller credits the defense for pulling together when a bunch of freshmen were pressed into service; Rob Moseley was impressed with Josh Huff; Eric Gilmore called it a mismatch; Bob Clark notes the gritty play of Kenjon Barner and Marcus Mariota shows the heart of this team; Ken Woody says the Ducks overcame a shaky start; Robby Boydstun notes the big turnovers the Ducks got; Kevin Gemmell reports on the game changing moment after the Boseko Lokombo interception in the third quarter; Steve Summers calls Marcus Mariota the most valuable player of the game; ESPN and round out the coverage.

Bruce Ely captured some great game day photos.

Next weeks Stanford game will be played at 5 pm local time and airs on ABC television and just might be hosting  ESPN's College Gameday. (early Sunday news from Rob Moseley: Gameday confirmed for Eugene next week)


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller previews the Oregon vs Cal game.

"Unbelievably impressive," Jeff Tedford said. "It will keep you awake at night watching that. They are prolific with what they are doing now. It's amazing how they are executing and the team speed they have, the way their quarterback is playing. There's really no holes. To do that against USC, which we all know is talented and athletic, was a real eye-opener." 

• Joel previews the matchup against the Bears and likes Oregon 55-24.

Oregon sits four wins away from a trip to the BCS championship game, and tonight figures to be the easiest test left. While the Bears have always played the Ducks tough at home, this is simply too big of a mismatch. Oregon’s offense will prove too much and the defense will rebound from a poor performance last week.

• Aaron Fentress previews today's game and picks Oregon 55-17 and wonders if Kenjon Barner will have a big day.

Let's face facts; about the most compelling element of this game is going to be how many yards Barner racks up before being shutdown for the night. The senior is very much in the race for the Heisman Trophy but needs productive games from here on out to have a shot at winning the coveted trophy.

Bob Clark believes Oregon isn't taking anything for granted as they take on the Bears today.

• Kenjon Barner was announced as a Doak Walker Award semi-finalist yesterday.

Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"

Oregon has scored at least two touchdowns in two minutes or less in every game this season, including four such touchdowns. against USC last week. Louisiana Tech is the only other team to score at least two such touchdowns in all of its games.

• Adam Jude takes a quick look at the game and picks the Ducks 52-17.

• Rob Moseley predicts an Oregon victory, 45-10, and will be interested to see... the UO defense responds to the USC game. Any other time, this might be the right formula for a trap game. But I've got to think Oregon's defense is eager to show that, unless you've got Marqise Lee on your side, you're not going to have the sort of success USC did. If it weren't for the defensive line questions, I'd predict an Oregon shutout, based in part on that.

Personally, I think the Ducks will end this game early, 62-17.


Friday, November 09, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Avery Patterson and Chip Kelly talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

Duck Fan Perspective - Oregon vs. ASU 2012 from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.

Fowlplay2010 shares his fan perspective video of the ASU game.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Nick Aliotti talks with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of the Oregon Daily Emerald.

Chuck Culpepper warns, "Duck and Cover," Oregon is playing at a different level than the rest of you.

It looked like spaceship football. It looked like most everything else looks antique. It looked like the rest of you are too busy huddling.

Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller both see an Oregon victory on Saturday.

Tim Livingston believes that Chip Kelly could revolutionize the NFL if and when he decides to leave Oregon.

Josh S. explains the Cover 0 defense Cal deploys against Oregon and wonders if there is cause for concern.

Evidently Matt Barkley, Lane Kiffin and a student manager like soft balls.

Marcus Mariota was named Manning Award player of the week for his efforts against USC.

• Rob Moseley reports Oregon is on pace to a record number of points per game this season.

Through nine games, Mariota and the Oregon offense have been ready for nearly anything they’ve seen. The results have been explosive — and potentially historic.


Thursday, November 08, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Jackson Rice, Ricky Heimuli and Chip Kelly talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Mike Jorgensen and Jill Savage preview the Oregon vs Cal game. Video courtesy of GoDucksdotcom.

Rob Moseley reports Oregon is trying to stay on their toes even though Cal is playing with several starters questionable.

Reports out of Cal camp suggest that Allan Bridgford will start for the Golden Bears against Oregon on Saturday.

Bridgford would replace Zach Maynard, who suffered a knee sprain last week.

Kevin Gemmell lists what each Pac-12 team is playing for and you'll find Oregon mentioned as the front runner to play for the big prize.

Bob Clark wonders if Cal coach Jeff Tedford is on the hot seat.

Joel reminds us not to overlook Mariota after KB's big day.

Charles advises the Ducks to beware of the trap game. has their weekly football release ready for the Cal game.

Ted Miller updates his superlative tracker after last weekends game.

1. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Barner rushed 38 times for a school-record 321 yards (8.4 average) with five touchdowns in the win over USC. He also caught two balls for 26 yards. Barner ranks second in the nation with 143.89 yards rushing per game and is second in the nation with 20 rushing TDs.


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Nick Aliotti, Marcus Mariota and Brian Jackson talk with reporters following practice yesterday and then Don Essig (the voice of the Ducks at Autzen Stadium) talks about his new book.Video courtesy of KEZI,


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly talks with the media following practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.

• Gene Wojciechowski @ESPN says the Ducks are dazzling on offense. (Must read BTW)

Moments after Oregon running back Kenjon Barner had scored the Ducks' 61st point against USC on Saturday night, Trojans cornerback Nickell Robey stood exasperated in the end zone, his arms extended, palms facing up in the classic, "What The Hell Just Happened" pose.

The Ducks had 13 actual possessions in the game and scored touchdowns on nine of them. Four of those touchdowns took 1:06 or less. At times, USC's defense would have had more luck trying to stop traffic on the nearby 110 Freeway than trying to stop Oregon.

• Oregon earned the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for their efforts against USC.

Ted Miller takes a quick look at Oregon vs Cal.

Adam Jude wonders if this might be the fastest Duck team ever.

Bob Clark reports Pac-12 conference records are dropping like fall leaves and ponders Pac-12 championship game scenarios.

• Tobin Petitpas and Sharon Katz @ESPN debate which is better, Alabama's defense or Oregon's offense.

Rob Moseley notes the D-line health is a concern heading into the home stretch.

The Heisman Pundit's straw poll voters have Kenjon Barner in the number two spot.

The final home game against Stanford on Nov. 17 will be at noon or 5 pm which might make a good College Game Day set up if Stanford beats the beav trash this weekend.

• Aaron Fentress reports the O-line has raised the bar for themselves.

The blocking performance was so good that it set a new benchmark for the No. 2 Ducks. 

"We played better up front than we had all year, and now that's our standard," Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said.