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Why it’s a huge advantage for Oregon women’s basketball to play and host Team USA

Why it’s a huge advantage for Oregon women’s basketball to play and host Team USA

Team USA is on a mission for a seventh consecutive gold medal, this time in Tokyo, Japan in the 2020 Summer Olympics, and have called upon four top-10 teams at the NCAA college level for aid in getting there.

This game is one of a four-game tour that Team USA will partake as a part of their training camp. Other stops on the tour include: USA vs. Stanford (preseason ranked No. 3) on Nov. 2; USA vs. Oregon State (preseason ranked No. 6) on Nov. 4; USA vs. Texas A&M (preseason ranked No. 4); and then finishing up with the Ducks (preseason ranked No. 1) on Nov. 9 (Also of note, this is an Oregon football BYE week).

“Historically speaking, it has been great for our program to have a college tour,” said USA National Team Coach Dawn Stanley. “All our past USA teams that had a college tour went on to win Olympic gold medals. So, if we can pull back into some historical times in which we had the opportunity to showcase our national team in this light, women’s college basketball is at an all-time high as far as exposure. This will increase the exposure to women’s basketball. And I’m excited. Again, it’s prep time. It’s more prep time. The more time we have, the better we will perform in Tokyo.”

“Our team is incredibly excited at the chance to play against the United States Women’s National Team here at Matthew Knight Arena,” Oregon Coach Kelly Graves said. “Not only will our players have the opportunity to play against the highest level of competition, but our fans will watch the best players in the world right here at home while also getting a first look at our 2019-20 Oregon Ducks squad. This is such a special opportunity for our program, and we can’t wait to see everyone there on Nov. 9.”

Why this matters:

This is a huge opportunity for the Ducks. Not only do you get to face the best players in the country, but you also get the learning experience of what it takes to play at that level. It’s an opportunity to game prep at a completely different capacity. To face professionals who have been changing the game for years now. To see how a team operates at that elite level.

It’s a chance to showcase women’s basketball at any level. 

If you ever had the dream of seeing Sabrina Ionescu vs. Sue Bird, it is about to become a reality.

Oregon women’s basketball season ticket holders can secure their season ticket locations for this game online now through Oct. 16, and the public on-sale for this game will begin at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, Oct. 21.

10 numbers to know: Oregon vs. Colorado

10 numbers to know: Oregon vs. Colorado

The Ducks have redemption on the mind in their upcoming game against Colorado on Friday night in Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal’s 20th game as head coach. No. 13 Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) is looking to win its seventh of the last eight matchups against Colorado (3-2,1-1) at 7 p.m. Friday October 11 at Autzen Stadium.

Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know to be the fan-dropping knowledge at the tailgate:

REDEMPTION ON THE MIND

The last time the two teams met on the field, Colorado came into Autzen and shocked the Ducks with a 41-38 victory in 2016. The Ducks haven’t forgotten that defeat. It was the first-career start for Colorado quarterback Steven Montez, who is still the Buffalo’s starting quarterback. Montez had a record-setting day in the game, throwing for 333 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 135 yards and another score to become the first player in CU history to have 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the same game.

DOMINATING DUCK DEFENSE

Oregon's defense is yielding just 9.8 points per game, best in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation. UO has held its last four opponents to single digits, the first Power 5 team to do so since Michigan in 2015. Oregon has allowed just one touchdown over its opponents' last 51 drives and has forced 17 three-and-outs over that span.  

BETTING LINE

The Ducks opened as 20.5-point favorites over Colorado. The over/under has been set at 57 total points.

[READ: Is Oregon's offense boring? Maybe. But here's why it doesn't matter]
THIBODEAUX TIME

Gus Cumberlander will miss the remainder of the season, according to Coach Mario Cristobal. True freshman Kayvon Thibodeaux is being called into the starting role. Thibodeaux is coming off his best performance yet as a Duck, which earned him Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. Against Cal he provided major highlights, recording his first sack and finishing the game with two. It’s time for the 6-foot-5, 242-pound defensive end to unleash his ability.

BUFFALOS VS. RANKED FOES

The No. 13 Ducks will be Colorado's third ranked opponent this season. The Buffaloes are 2-0 in those games, beating both No. 25 Nebraska and No. 24 Arizona State in September.

A WIN WOULD…

Improve Oregon to 3-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013.

HOLLAND DOES IT ALL

Safety Jevon Holland is Oregon’s second leading tackler, behind Troy Dye, with 24 tackles and three interceptions this season. He has eight career interceptions, the most by an active Oregon player. Holland is also averaging 24.4 yards per punt return, the highest in the nation.

DEPENDABLE, EXPLOSIVE BREELAND

Senior Jacob Breeland has caught 23 of his 28 targets this season. His five touchdown catches rank second in the nation among tight ends. Breeland has been one of Oregon’s main sources for explosive plays: Five of Oregon’s 34 plays of 20-plus yards were to Breeland, two of which were touchdowns. Currently, Breeland has 22 receptions of 20-plus yards in his career.

BURNED REDSHIRTS IN 2019 CLASS

Now that Oregon has played five games, there are eight Ducks from the 2019 class that have burned their redshirt eligibility. If you aren’t familiar with the new redshirt rule established in 2018 by the NCAA, college football players can play up to four games in a season and still redshirt without burning a year of eligibility.

True freshman who have played in all five games and can no longer redshirt: wide receiver Josh Delgado, linebacker Mase Funa, defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, cornerback Mykael Wright, defensive back DJ James, defensive back Jamal Hill, linebacker Ge’Mon Eaford and kicker Camden Lewis.

HERBERT MAKING HISTORY

In Oregon’s most recent win over Cal, quarterback Justin Herbert moved into second at Oregon in career passing yards with 8,411, behind only Marcus Mariota.
 The senior’s 15 touchdown passes in the last five games are the most over that span in school history.


"Used" Chip Kelly for sale on Los Angeles area Craigslist

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"Used" Chip Kelly for sale on Los Angeles area Craigslist

Do you have a spare $9 million dollars laying around? If so you can buy a "Used Chip Kelly - Not Working" on Los Angeles based Craigslist!

The post reads as follows:

We are selling a used Chip Kelly in broken condition. This antique might still have some value as a fun Christmas present for your ailing, desperate, and gullible football program. It comes pre-loaded with 100 snarky quotes like “the wishbone was successful too” and “we’re just trying to have a good Monday.”

However, after nearly two years, we haven’t gotten the most important parts of it to work. Its previous owners were also dissatisfied with it and we thought it’d need a good home and some TLC. It turns out that it is broken beyond repair, so we are selling AS-IS and for PARTS ONLY. We imagine you can find some workable pieces in here if you are looking for 5-tight-end play designs and are in need of tearing down your roster to its bones.

While it is not functional, it could make a nice set piece. Putting this on your coffee table for decoration is sure to spark memories of elite offenses and fun playcalls. Do note, though, that although it comes with preloaded quotes, its functionality is so broken that it will refuse to directly answer any of your questions and will almost certainly get dangerously close to insulting you if you try.

We are selling this for $9M obo. We recognize this is a steep price, but memories and status are priceless, even if functionality is shot.

So, if you're looking for a potential investment, maybe it is time to shake the couch cushions and empty the piggy bank for your very own Chip Kelly!

Oregon must play at 'very best' with Colorado's electric offense up next

Oregon must play at 'very best' with Colorado's electric offense up next

Oregon football remains on top of the Pac-12 North, but a stout Colorado offense led by quarterback Steven Montez will present a challenge for the Ducks this Friday at Autzen Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

While Oregon (4-1, 2-0) is a three-touchdown favorite over Colorado (3-2, 1-1), Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said his team can’t take the primetime showdown lightly.

"I watched these guys on tape thoroughly, I know Mel Tucker really well,” Cristobal said. “We go back, we’re colleagues. It’s a tough football team that’s really 10 points away from being undefeated and having a ranking in the top 25 somewhere."

Take a listen to the video above to hear what Cristobal had to say about the Ducks’ upcoming opponent.

Is Oregon's offense boring? Maybe. But here's why it doesn't matter...

Is Oregon's offense boring? Maybe. But here's why it doesn't matter...

Oregon fans continually comment on Oregon’s “boring” offense this season. This is in large part because fans grew accustomed to the high-flying offense of seasons past that boosted exciting offensive highlights led by former Oregon coach and offensive mastermind Chip Kelly. Those days are long gone, teams caught up to the pace and Oregon’s current offensive approach is less dazzle and more grind.

The Ducks aren’t going to score 40+ points per game.

Thanks to their elite defense, they don’t need to.

In Oregon’s 17-7 win over California, the Duck defense once again came through to keep Oregon in the game, forcing seven Cal three-and-outs and two turnovers.

However, a (slightly) more exciting Oregon offense may be on the horizon.

In coach Mario Cristobal’s Monday press conference, he detailed the importance and desire to complete more explosion plays. Without its starting quarterback, Cal averaged more yards per completion than Oregon (11.2 to 10.7).

"I feel like we are either getting tackled, tripped up in that 11-15 yard range," Cristobal said. "We all know when you have an explosive play, your percentage of scoring a touchdown on those particular drives goes up exponentially. It is a huge goal of ours."

Oregon is averaging 4.5 yards per rushing attempt and 8.3 yards per catch through five games this season. The Ducks rank 47th nationally in passing plays of 20-plus yards.

Coach Cristobal is putting a major point of emphasis on adding to Oregon’s 34 plays of 20+ yards (which includes interceptions, punt returns, kick returns, passing and rushing plays).

[The addition of three explosive wide receivers will help that]

The Ducks aren’t going back to the days of Chip Kelly but they are working on breaking through and achieving more explosive plays (that make fans jump to their feet) in attempt to get more touchdowns on the board.

It’s Kayvon Thibodeaux time: Gus Cumberlander out for season with injury

It’s Kayvon Thibodeaux time: Gus Cumberlander out for season with injury

This week’s Oregon football depth chart included a big move at defensive end. Gus Cumberlander is officially out due to a knee injury suffered against California. Cumberlander will miss the remainder of the season, according to Coach Mario Cristobal. True freshman Kayvon Thibodeaux is being called into the starting role.

Thibodeaux is coming off his best performance yet as a Duck, which earned him Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the week honors. Against Cal, he provided major highlights, recording his first sack and finishing the game with two. Currently, Thibodeaux has totaled nine tackles including six solo tackles.

“I was so excited, my blood was going I felt like a shark when there's blood in the water," Thibodeaux said after the win over Cal. "I mean it was unbelievable."

It’s time for the 6-foot-5, 242-pound defensive end to unleash his ability. He’s an elite pass rusher with explosiveness, scary speed and agility that creates major chaos. Cristobal named Thibodeaux a “game changer” from the moment he committed to the Ducks. ESPN's No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class set a goal of 10 sacks every season. Thibodeaux has played in all five games this season and has seen his role increase each week. Now, he will see a significant jump in playing time.

“We all know the type of player he can be, we’re really happy for him,” Cristobal said after the Cal game. “He’s been wanting to explode like that for a while, so it was great to see him do that tonight.”

The Ducks’ (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) will host Colorado (3-2, 1-1) at this Friday (10/11) 7 p.m. in Autzen Stadium.

Influential matchup: Oregon at Washington kick off time announced

Influential matchup: Oregon at Washington kick off time announced

Oregon's next Pac-12 Conference road test officially has a kickoff time. 

The Oct. 19 game at Washington (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PT on ABC.

The rivalry game is bound to be heated. A ranked Oregon team hasn’t lost at Washington since 1999 but the Huskies won the last meeting in Seattle, 38-3 in 2017.

[READ: High expectations and laughable goals: WR Mycah Pittman's debut]

The Huskies fell out of the AP Poll Top 25 this week after being upset by Stanford. Washington has two Pac-12 losses, which increases the urgency for the Huskies to get a victory over the foe Ducks, who are currently atop the North Division. If Oregon (4-1, 2-0) can get out of Seattle with a victory, they are likely in command of the Pac-12 North. 

No movement for Oregon football in AP Poll after wild week in Top 25

No movement for Oregon football in AP Poll after wild week in Top 25

The Oregon Ducks (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) remain at No. 13 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, after beating California 17-7 in Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR.

The win improves the Ducks to 2-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013, and preserves their spot at the top of the North Division with zero conference losses.

[READ: High expectations and laughable goals: WR Mycah Pittman's debut]

It was a wild week in the top 25. Among the ranked teams to lose were then- No. 7 Auburn, then- No. 14 Iowa, then. No 15 Washington and then-No. 18 UCF.

Oregon remains the top ranked Pac-12 team, followed by No. 15 Utah and No. 18 Arizona State.

[RELATED: Instant Analysis: No. 13 Oregon edges Cal]

In the Pac-12:

  • Beavs quarterback Juke Luton threw for five touchdowns in Oregon State’s defeat of UCLA, 48-31. OSU is currently second in the Pac-12 North.
  • Stanford stifled then- No. 15 Washington in an “After Dark” football upset, causing the Huskies to fall out of the top 25.
  • Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns in a victory against Colorado. The Wildcats are in first-place in the Pac-12 South.

High expectations and laughable goals: WR Mycah Pittman's debut

High expectations and laughable goals: WR Mycah Pittman's debut

Eugene, OR- Mycah Pittman just shined in his Duck debut in No. 13 Oregon’s 17-7 win over California in which he made two spectacular diving catches that awed the sell out crowd of 54,766 in Autzen Stadium. Yet, the freshman walked off the field slowly, with a concerned look on his face that caused senior quarterback Justin Herbert to stop, put his arm around the young receiver and give him some encouragement.

Why so serious?

Because Pittman’s not satisfied.

“If he could, he’d put another hour on the clock and keep playing, that’s the kind of guy that he is,” Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal said. “You see how excitable he is when he touches the ball. Those aren’t easy catches, either… I was very happy that he’s healthy because it means the world to him. Looking forward to more explosive moments from him (and fellow slot receiver Jaylon) Redd.”

His four receptions and 43 yards helped the Ducks grind out the ugly win. The Ducks offense woke up just in time to improve to 2-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013. Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) remains the only team in the North Division without a conference loss.

But Pittman has higher expectations.

“People tell me that I had a great game, I didn’t have any dropped passes, but at the end of the day I feel like I can do more for this team,” Pittman said. “We got a team win and I’m very grateful for that but personally, I’m very hard on myself… I’m a very competitive guy. If I told you guys my goals, you would laugh at me.”

When pressed, Pittman would only add his goals are “really high."

Since stepping foot on campus, the Pittman hype has been full go. During fall camp, he was the most talked about true freshman, making Oregon fans reel in excitement. A shoulder injury, from (of course) making a diving catch in practice set back his plans, changing course to rehabbing and exercising mental reps.

His first game proved that his athleticism and reliable hands are as good as advertised. The “fire in his belly” is also living up to the hype.

“I’ve always told everyone this, he has amazing hands, the best hands I’ve seen from a receiver,” said corner back Thomas Graham. “He’s very tough on himself and I like that, because I’m tough on myself. If you don’t hold yourself to a higher standard than what standard can you tell people to hold you to?”

Pittman’s ruthless attitude is echoed on the Duck defense, which once again came through to keep Oregon in the game. Oregon forced seven Cal three-and-outs and two turnovers.

Freshman Kayvon Thibodeaux also recorded his first sack, finishing the game with two.

“I was so excited, my blood was going I felt like a shark when there's blood in the water," Thibodeaux said. "I mean it was unbelievable."

The relentlessness is also exemplified in sophomore running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio, who couldn’t help but stop a rogue fan who ran onto the field during a TV timeout. He was toying with security when Habibi-Likio stepped up to take down the fan, even though strength and conditioning coordinator Aaron Feld told him not to.

“I had no intention to hurt him,” Habibi-Likio said. “It’s a Pac-12 game and we were down and the momentum was slipping away. Cal Coach (Justin) Wilcox seemed frustrated so he was signaling the security to get him and they weren’t able to get him. Coach Feld told me, ‘don’t do it, don’t do it’ because he saw me pacing back and forth but I had to do it.”

Habibi-Likio scored Oregon’s first touchdown late in the third quarter from a situation he is very comfortable with: on the goal line. The Ducks combined for 206 rushing yards, surpassing the rushing total against Stanford (83 yards) in the first quarter alone.

It wasn’t pretty: Travis Dye fumbled the ball twice, Herbert threw his first interception of 2019, Oregon committed eight penalties (four more than their average per game); and CJ Verdell went down an injury (although the X- Ray came back negative, ankle sprain, according to Cristobal).

However, faced with an opportunity to fold, the Ducks stood. Herbert finished 20-for-33 for 214 yards and was able to extend his touchdown streak to 33 games with a one-yard pass to junior wide receiver Jaylon Redd to all but seal the game in the fourth quarter.

All in all, it was a victory in Pac-12 play. The biggest win? The Ducks, like Pittman, aren’t satisfied.

Oregon Ducks social media reacts: A win is a win

Oregon Ducks social media reacts: A win is a win

The No. 13 Oregon Ducks were double-digit favorites on Saturday vs. the visiting Cal Bears.

The students are back, the weather was perfect, Cal started its backup quarterback... this wasn't supposed to be close. And yet, it was. 

The Ducks edged out a 17-7 win after being held scorless in the first half. 

Here is how social media reacted following the game:

Once again, this Ducks defense proved it's on another level this season. One of the main reasons? Troy Dye. The senior linebacker decided to forgo the 2019 NFL Draft and return to Oregon for his senior season. From dancing along to "Shout" and recording his first interception of this season, Dye is making an impact all over the field.

True freshman Mycah Pittman saw his first action in an Oregon uniform since coming off a shoulder injury he sustained prior to the start of the season. The hype is real surrounding this young prodigy, and Pittman is already a crowd favorite.

Next up: The Ducks (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) face the visiting Colorado Buffaloes (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) on Friday, Oct 11 at 7 p.m. (PT) in Autzen Stadium.