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 @FishDuck.com 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.