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How the new redshirt rule helps Oregon

How the new redshirt rule helps Oregon

Oregon’s cupcake nonconference schedule just got more interesting and the Ducks may see less transfers this season. 

If you are not familiar with the new NCAA rule passed in June, college football players can now play up to four games in a season and redshirt without burning a year of eligibility. College football players are granted five years to complete four seasons of eligibility.

The rule was unanimously agreed upon amongst college football coaches, including Oregon coach Mario Cristobal. Cristobal is excited for how it changes the developmental aspect of the sport.  Whether it be to injury or a player developing throughout a season, he plans to award playing opportunities to Ducks who he believes can help the team.

“The opportunities are endless to not only help your team, but to prevent a guy from losing an extra year of eligibility,” Cristobal said. “It certainly helps you plan differently.”

With that said, Cristobal made it clear he expects the level of competition to increase, not decrease.

Playing time will not be handed out

Just because the new rule allows participation in four games a season doesn’t mean Oregon players are guaranteed to see the field. According to Cristobal, playing time will remain a privilege, not a right. 

“That would create the wrong kind of dynamic within the walls of our locker room,” Cristobal said.

Oregon’s cupcake nonconference schedule just got more interesting

The Ducks’ nonconference opponents (Bowling Green, Portland State, San Jose State) went a combined 4-32 last season. Those three yawn-worthy games just got more interesting because now coaches and fans will get a chance to see plenty of freshmen from that highly touted 2018 recruiting class get on the field.

This means true freshman quarterback Tyler Shough, who many have described as starting quarterback“Justin Herbert-like” is likely to get a chance to play at the college level right away without wasting a year of eligibility. The back-up quarterback competition could play out between Shough and sophomore Braxton Burmeister in live games instead of just behind closed doors at practice. Keep in mind that Burmeister could also utilize his redshirt if he does not appear in more than four games.

Freshmen get valuable experience

It’s hard to emulate the speed of the college game in practice, even on scout team. Now freshmen will be able to get on the field in low-pressure situations, which is great to get their feet wet and for coaches to see how they handle being under the lights.

Oregon could give an early opportunity to see how a player reacts to the level of college level or allow them to continue to grow and learn the playbook before potentially playing later in the season.

Those meaningless bowl games that some player skip? Freshmen can get added into those, with the added month of bowl practice.

“The development process is real now,” Cristobal said. “It’s almost like the developmental squad in the NFL where down the line the opportunity, whether it be due to injury or whether that player has developed to a point where they can help us and actually contribute to the team.’

Incentivizes and may limit transfers

The new rule keeps players involved and motivated by the possibility of playing time at some point during the season.

Oregon could show a player how he fits into a game scheme, without losing a year of eligibility. Which is a great way for a coach to prove the school has a plan for him, which could potentially prevent some players from transferring.

Takes pressure off starters

Oregon starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries. The change provides more roster depth and the opportunity for Ducks at the top of the depth chart to experience less wear and tear throughout the season.

[WATCH: Cristobal continues to impress on the recruiting trail]

Imagine how different last year could have been

In 2017, the Ducks redshirted eight players on the 2018 roster; CJ Verdell, Cyrus Habibi-likio, Demetri Burch, Daewood Davis, Cody Shear, Alex Forsyth, Popo Aumavae, and Isaac Slade-Matautia. All of those players could have played in four games and still have four years of full eligibility left if this rule was in place last season.

The rule allows for the development of the player to be improved and the coaches’ ability to evaluate the player. Which Duck freshman are you most looking forward to utilizing this rule?

 

Ducks drop in Top 25, remain ranked

Ducks drop in Top 25, remain ranked

The Ducks (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) moved from No. 12 to No. 19 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, after losing to then No. 25 Washington State at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.  The Cougars soared  to No. 14 after the 34-20 victory. 

What If? The nightmare that almost turned into a dream, my story from last night's Oregon loss. 

The Ducks' defeat takes their Pac-12 North division title dreams out of their control but UO could still have a 10 win season. 

In the Pac-12: Utah dominated USC for a 41-28 win in key Pac-12 South clash. No. 15 Washington beat Colorado, 27-13. UCLA topped Arizona, 31-30 in Chip Kelly's second straight victory with the Bruins. Utah moved to No. 23 and Stanford moved to No. 24, Washington remains at No. 15. 

Around the nation: Ohio State dropped from No. 2 to No. 11 after being upset by Purdue, 49-20. Clemson beat NC State, 41-7. 

What If? The nightmare that almost turned into a dream

What If? The nightmare that almost turned into a dream

Oregon dropped the ball against Washington State, figuratively and literally.

No. 25 Washington State claimed its fourth straight win over Oregon in a wild environment before 33,152 fans in Martin Stadium. The 34-20 loss makes the No. 12 Ducks 5-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play, taking their Pac-12 North title dreams out of their control.

"It was a tale of two halves,” said Oregon coach Mario Cristobal. “We certainly played a different brand of football in the second half, but it wasn’t enough."

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert almost willed the Ducks to an epic comeback victory. Nonetheless, the Ducks’ halftime adjustments fell short of the win and left plenty of puzzling questions. 

  • What if Dillon Mitchell hadn’t dropped Herbert’s Hail Mary in the end zone to end the first half?
  • What if Oregon’s offense didn’t have to settle for two field goals?
  • What if WSU wide receiver Travell Harris didn’t come down with a 50-50 ball against Oregon freshman safety Jevon Holland?
  • What if the Ducks had more than 39 total yards in the first half?
  • What if the Ducks didn’t get themselves in a 27-point deficit at half time?

The supposed questions could go on, but in reality, a cringe-worthy nightmare first half ultimately doomed the Ducks; The Cougars dominated basically every statistical category, held UO scoreless and racked up 295 total offensive yards, 231 yards through the air. It started bad from Oregon's first drive, with two bad snaps and two false starts. 

Perhaps the most concerning stat? Oregon’s one yard of total offense through the first 27 minutes of the game.

Oregon could have folded the cards but Herbert led the charge to an almost-dream comeback in the second half.

To start the third quarter the Ducks drove 75-yards in seven plays, capped with an eight-yard touchdown run by Herbert. The drive started a big momentum swing in the Ducks’ favor.

Oregon’s defense forced two punts and came down with an interception while its offense scored 20 unanswered points making it a one-possession game.

Herbert got the Ducks into a rhythm and completed 21 passes in the second half after only four completions in the first half. He spread the ball out to eight receivers for 270 passing yards and one touchdown. Dillon Mitchell’s seven catches for 47 yards and CJ Verdell’s 55 yards on 12 rushing attempts led the Ducks offensively.

While there is something to be said about Herbert’s ability to lead UO from dead to alive, the quarterback says he doesn’t believe in moral victories.

“It's tough,” said Herbert. “Any time you play like that in the first half, you're not going to win many ballgames.”

Herbert's streak of 22 straight games with a touchdown pass is now the longest in the nation. Also, Herbert has thrown 205 consecutive passes without an interception in Pac-12 road games.

Oregon outgained Washington State in the second half, 292 to 92, but the Cougars scored a victory-sealing touchdown with 3:40 to go.

On defense, Deommodoire Lenoir gave the Ducks life with two interceptions. While Kaulana Apelu and Troy Dye led the Ducks in tackles with 14 and 12, respectfully. Cougar quarterback Garner Minshew finished 39-of-51 for 323 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Ultimately the Ducks showed up an hour late to play. Next, Oregon faces Arizona (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) on the road at 7:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Oregon uniform update: Wild Saturday in white

Oregon uniform update: Wild Saturday in white

The Ducks are wearing white and chrome for what is bound to be a wild Saturday night in Pullman, Wash.

The Top 25 matchup features two of the best offenses in the nation going head to head and Pac-12 title hopes on the line. Oh and by the way,  the City of Pullman has declared a state of emergency due to the crowds expected for ESPN's College GameDay first ever visit to WSU. 

[Here's where to watch and stream Oregon football vs. Washington State]

The winged helmets are back and the jerseys feature a new large "Mighty Oregon" font. The jerseys are more simple than years past. Fans are encouraged to wear white for the 4:30 p.m. kickoff.  

The outcome will have major Pac-12 North Division implications as both teams have identical 5-1 overall and 2-1 conference records. A victory against the Cougars would keep the Ducks in the race for the Pac-12 title.

Get ready for the game: 

Oregon Ducks counting on old man Justin Hollins

8 numbers you need to know about Oregon vs. Washington State

Oregon to the Rose Bowl? Chances keep growing

Ducks lose starting LT Penei Sewell for six weeks

College Game Day selects Oregon vs. Washington State

Victory proves it pays dividends to buy Cristobal's "Oregon Football 2.0"

 

Victory proves it pays dividends to buy Cristobal's "Oregon Football 2.0"

 

Here's where to watch and stream Oregon football vs. Washington State

Here's where to watch and stream Oregon football vs. Washington State

Saturday’s game between No. 12 Oregon  and No. 25 Washington State marks the fourth consecutive ranked game for the Ducks. A victory against the Cougars would keep the Ducks in the race for the Pac-12 title. Here is coverage and how to watch the game...

7:30 p.m. Friday: Talkin' Ducks, NBC Sports Northwest

  • With Jordan Kent, Joey Harrington, Aaron Fentress and Bri Amaranthus

 

4:30 p.m. Saturday: Oregon vs. Washington State kickoff on FOX

  • With Play-By-Play Tim Brando, Analyst Spencer Tillman, and Sideline Reporter Holly Sonders

Get ready for the game: 

Oregon Ducks counting on old man Justin Hollins

8 numbers you need to know about Oregon vs. Washington State

Oregon to the Rose Bowl? Chances keep growing

Ducks lose starting LT Penei Sewell for six weeks

College Game Day selects Oregon vs. Washington State

Victory proves it pays dividends to buy Cristobal's "Oregon Football 2.0"

 

 

 

Oregon Ducks counting on old man Justin Hollins

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Oregon Ducks counting on old man Justin Hollins

Outside linebacker Justin Hollins is quietly leading the Ducks and crushing opposing quarterbacks, all while climbing NFL draft boards at an alarming rate.

The fifth-year senior is a big reason why No. 12 Oregon’s front seven is among the most productive in the Pac-12 conference.

“He’s a freak of nature,” said fellow linebacker junior Troy Dye. “He is super athletic, big, strong, physical, fast. He’s everything you want in an outside linebacker and then some.”

Dye jokingly added that Hollins is “the old man” on the Oregon defense.

At 23-years old, Hollins is anything but an old man. However, through his five seasons as a Duck, he’s experienced a Rose Bowl victory, a National Championship run, a 4-8 losing season, three different head coaches and three different defensive coordinators… That’s enough to give anyone some grey hair.

His final year as a Duck is proving to be his best yet. He’s racked up 20 quarterback pressures and leads the team with four sacks, nine tackles for loss and three of Oregon’s five forced fumbles. Hollins is also streaking, recording a tackle for loss in 10 straight games. To round out his stellar stat line, Hollins is tied with senior safety Ugochukwu Amadi for a team lead of 21 solo tackles.

At 6-foot-five and 245-pounds, Hollins is a long and lean edge defender. NFL scouts like his physical gifts, combined with his versatile ability to rush the quarterback and excel when dropping back into coverage. Because he is an outside linebacker in Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt’s 3-4 scheme, Hollins won’t face any transition pains, as most scouts see his NFL future at outside linebacker. Hollins is rising in 2019 NFL mock drafts because of his strong hands, hesitation moves and fluid ability to dart into the B-gap.

But it’s Hollins’ mentality and preparation that sets him above the rest, according to Oregon co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Joe Salava’e.

“He’s literally a student of the game, such a conscientious kid,” said Salava’e.

Each week, Hollins questions Salava’e…in a good way. Hollins wants to understand exactly why the Ducks are doing what they are doing. So he asks Salava’e specific questions about why they are running different coverages or which technique should be used at the line of scrimmage.

His deep understanding and confidence in Oregon’s game plan gives him an obvious edge on Saturdays. The senior is one of just two players in the NCAA this season with four sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.

Hollins’ performance on Saturday is “critical” for Oregon to beat No. 25 Washington State," says Oregon coach Mario Cristobal.

“If you are trying to overplay the pass, (WSU) will gut you in the run game,” said Cristobal. “Guys like Justin have to affect the line of scrimmage and in more ways than just stopping the run. They have to affect the passer and redirect and chase down screens.”

A Cougar to keep an eye on is running back James Williams, who leads all running backs nationally with 32 receptions and is tied for the lead with three receiving touchdowns.

Winning the line of scrimmage against Washington State won’t be an easy task either. The Cougar offensive line has allowed just five sacks in six games, which is tied for 8th nationally and the fewest sacks allowed in the Pac-12.

Can Hollins keep the pace on his best season yet? The Duck defense thrives when he intimidates around the edge. With Pac-12 title hopes on the line in a rowdy Top 25 matchup and the nation watching, the Ducks will be counting on their old man.

 

 

Mailbag: 5 answers to your Duck-Cougar questions

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Mailbag: 5 answers to your Duck-Cougar questions

Every week I answer five of your best questions on Twitter and Instagram.

Saturday is a Top 25 matchup featuring two of the best offenses in the nation going head to head with Pac-12 title hopes on the line. Let's get to your questions regarding No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 25 Washington State.

Question: Do you think this game will be under or over 66.5 points?

Over. Oregon's offense is soaring right now, the Ducks have scored 30-plus points in each of their first six games (Alabama is the only other team to do that). In UO quarterback Justin Herbert's six Pac-12 road games, Oregon is averaging 33.6 points per game. I don't see WSU's defense holding Oregon under that.

On the flip side, the Cougars own the nation's best passing attack, averaging 413.78 yards per game. Oregon's secondary will be tested by WSU quarterback Gardner Minshew II, the national leader in passing yardage and total offense, who gets rid of the ball quickly.

Not to mention, the last three seasons against the Cougars, the Ducks scored 45, 51 and 33 points, with WSU winning all contests.

 

Question: What is the big deal about Martin Stadium?

Expect the atmosphere to be wild on Saturday night for the 4:30 p.m. kickoff. ESPN’s College GameDay is making its first-ever trip to an already rowdy Pullman, Wash. On Tuesday night, the City of Pullman declared a state of emergency due to the crowds expected for ESPN's College GameDay. Martin Stadium is the smallest Pac-12 stadium with a 35,117 capacity but it gets loud.  Washington State has claimed 10 straight victories at Martin Stadium.

"Their fans are ridiculous. It's going to be just like playing in Autzen Stadium," said Ugo Amadi.

Question: With freshman left tackle Penei Sewell out, what’s the plan for Oregon’s offensive line?

Sewell is out for approximately six weeks with a high ankle sprain. Luckily, Oregon’s offensive line prides itself on the versatility that each player can play multiple positions. The Ducks moved right tackle Calvin Throckmorton to left tackle and inserted backup Brady Aiello at right tackle.

 

Question: If Oregon wins out, wouldn’t they make the college football playoff?

Every Saturday for the rest of the season will have major Pac-12 title and bowl game ramifications for the Ducks. However, the Ducks still need Stanford to lose a game to be in control of the North Division and go to the Pac-12 title game. If Stanford loses and Oregon wins out, the Ducks will probably go to the Rose Bowl. Most likely Oregon’s loss to Stanford and weak non-conference schedule would keep it out of the playoff, and put UO in the 105th Rose Bowl against a Big Ten opponent on Jan. 1, 2019. Michigan would likely be that Big Ten opponent.

 

Question: How do you think the Oregon secondary will do against the Cougars?

This will be the biggest test of the season for Oregon’s defensive backs. Washington State throws on 72 percent of its plays and leads the nation with 413.7 passing yards per game. Minshew II is the only quarterback in the country with four 400-yard games in 2018 and he spreads the ball around, at least nine players have caught a pass in all six of their games.

Freshman Jevon Holland will be particularly tested. The 6-foot-1 safefy made six tackles in his first career start vs. Washington but has never faced an offense that passes as much as WSU. I think the Ducks will try to keep up with the Cougars but ultimately the air-raid will dominate as the Ducks grow tired.

 

MORE DUCKS:

Oregon Ducks counting on old man Justin Hollins

8 numbers you need to know about Oregon vs. Washington State

Oregon to the Rose Bowl? Chances keep growing

Ducks lose starting LT Penei Sewell for six weeks

College Game Day selects Oregon vs. Washington State

Victory proves it pays dividends to buy Cristobal's "Oregon Football 2.0"

 

8 numbers you need to know about Oregon vs. Washington State

8 numbers you need to know about Oregon vs. Washington State

It's going to be a wild Saturday night. If you want to be the Duck fan with all the facts about No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 25 Washington State, here are some numbers to know. 

Back to back to back to back: Saturday will mark the first time since 1986 that Oregon has taken on a ranked opponent in four consecutive games.

The nation is watching: The Ducks will make their second appearance this season on ESPN’s College GameDay, which will make its first-ever trip to Pullman, Wash.

(On Tuesday night, the City of Pullman declared a state of emergency due to the crowds expected for ESPN's College GameDay) 

 

Oregon's offense is soaring: The Ducks have scored 30-plus points in each of their first six games. Only Alabama has also surpassed the 30-point mark in its first six games.

 

Streaking Herbert: Quarterback Justin Herbert has thrown 161 consecutive passes without an interception in Pac-12 road games and he's thrown a touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games.
 In six games with Herbert as the starter on the road in Pac-12 play, Oregon is averaging 33.6 points per game. 

 

Dillon Mitchell isn’t playing around: He leads the nation in receiving yards per game (154.3) in league play and has a Pac-12 best 12 20-yard catches.

 

Penalties: Oregon has the fewest number of penalties in the Pac-12 this season after ranking dead last in all four penalty categories in 2017.

 

Next man up: With true freshman Penai Sewell out with an ankle injury, right tackle Calvin Throckmorton will shift to left tackle and Brady Aiello will start at right guard. Justin Herbert joked on Tuesday that Throckmorton could play 7-8 offensive positions: “He could play quarterback or tight end. I’m not sure about receiver or running back."

 

Cougars are on a roll: Washington State has claimed 10 straight victories at Martin Stadium and is looking to claim its fourth straight win over Oregon for the first time since 1981-84.

 

 


 

Week 6 ProDucks: Updates on Mariota, Freeman, Alonso and more

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Week 6 ProDucks: Updates on Mariota, Freeman, Alonso and more

Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota had another off game during the Titans' 21-0 loss to Baltimore.

Mariota was sacked 11 times during the game while completing 10 of 15 passes for 117 yards with no interceptions. He also rushed twice for 25 yards.

This performance comes after last week's showing of 14 of 26 for 129 yards with no touchdowns and one interception during a 13-12 loss at Buffalo.

His performance in both defeats have people questioning if he is the answer at quarterback. Of course, the team has many problems. The receivers are mediocre, tight end Delanie Walker is done for the season, the running game has been down and Mariota's third coaching staff in four years probably needs more time to get things going in the right direction. 

--- Down day for Freeman, again

Denver rookie running back Royce Freeman had his second consecutive down game during a 23-20 loss at home to the Los Angeles Rams.  

Freeman carried the ball just nine times for 22 yards. Last week he had five carries for 31 yards against the Jets. 

Freeman now has 272 yards on 58 carries with three touchdowns.  

-- Kiko Alonso bounces back. 

During last week's loss to Cincinnati, Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso had his first off day in the tackling department with just four, but did have an interception. In Sunday's 31-28 overtime  win over Chicago, Alonso bounced back with 11 tackles, nine solo, and forced and recovered a fumble. The forced fumble occurred near the end of regulation and led to the game tying field goal.

Alonso has had double digit sacks in four out of six games for the 4-2 Dolphins and remains second in the NFL with 61 tackles on the season.

Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, Beavers and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

 

 ARIZONA CARDINALS

None. 

 

 ATLANTA FALCONS

 

Score: Lost 41-17 at Pittsburgh. 

  • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Out for the season with a torn triceps. 
  • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Appeared in 13 plays on offense and seven on special teams. 

 

 

 BALTIMORE RAVENS

Score: Won 21-0 over the Titans. 

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent is on the practice squad. 
  • Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Ducks, center: Inactive. 
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: The backup had four tackles, three solo, and two sacks. 

 

 BUFFALO BILLS

 

Score: Lost 20-13 at Houston.

  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Is on the team's practice squad.  
  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Had five tackles, four solo, and intercepted one pass and had a tackle for loss. 

 

 CAROLINA PANTHERS

Score: Lost 23-17 at Washington

  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Played but did not record a tackle. 

 

 

 CHICAGO BEARS

 

Score: Lost 31-28 at Miami

  • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: Started at left guard. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 

 

 

 CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

Score: Lost 28-21 to Pittsburgh.      

    • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Appeared in seven plays on offense.

     

     

     CLEVELAND BROWNS

     

    Score: Lost on 38-14 to San Diego.    

    • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Mitchell underwent surgery on a broken wrist last week but could return at some point this season. 

     

     DALLAS COWBOYS

     

    Score: Won 40-7 over Jacksonville. 

    • Tyree Robinson, Oregon Ducks, safety: Robinson is on the team's practice squad.  

     

     DENVER BRONCOS

    Score: Lost 24-21 to the Los Angeles Rams.  

    • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the nine times for 22 yards. Last week he had five carries for 31 yards against the Jets. 

     

     DETROIT LIONS

     

    Score: Off. 

     

     

     GREEN BAY PACKERS 

    None. 

     

     HOUSTON TEXANS

     

    Score: Won 20-13 over Buffalo. 

    • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Had one special teams tackle and recovered a fumble on special teams.

     

     INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

     

    None. 

     

     JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

     

    None. 

     

    KANSAS CITY

     

    Score: Lost 43-40 at New England.   

    • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had four solo tackles.  
    • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks, wide receiver: Fractured his leg in practice on Oct. 11 and placed on injured reserve. 

     

     

    LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

    Score: Won 38-14 at Cleveland.  

    • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Started and caught three passes for 118 yard and two touchdowns.

     

    LOS ANGELES RAMS

     

    Score: Won 23-20 at Denver. 

    • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Cooks returned from a concussion last week at Seattle to start and catch two passes for 53 yards.  
    • Samson Ebukam, Eastern Washington (David Douglas H.S.): Had two tackles and forced a fumble. ]
    • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted three times for 120 yards.  
    • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Had seven solo tackles.   
    • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
    • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Played special teams. 
    • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had two solo tackles. 

     

     

    MIAMI DOLPHINS

     

    Score: Won 31-28 over Chicago.

    • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Had 11 tackles, nine solo, and forced a fumble that he recovered. 

     

    MINNESOTA VIKINGS

     

    Score: Won 27-17 over Arizona.  

    • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right guard. 

     

     

    NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

    Score: Won 43-40 over Kansas City.   

    • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: New England did not punt the entire game. 
    • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had one solo tackle on defense and two assisted tackles on special teams. 

     

     

     NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

     

    Score: Off

     

     NEW YORK GIANTS

     

    Score: Lost 34-13 to Philadelphia. 

    • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: Stewart has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. 
    • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made two of three field goal attempts. 

     

     

    NEW YORK JETS

     

    None. 

     

     OAKLAND RAIDERS

     

    None. 

     

    PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

     

    Score: Won 34-13 over the New York Giants. 

     

    PITTSBURGH STEELERS

     

    Score: Won 28-21 at Cincinnati.     

    • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in eight plays on special teams. 

     

     

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

     

    Score: Lost 33-30 to Green Bay.  

    • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end and had three solo tackles. 
    • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver: Played but did not record a statistic. 
    • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at left defensive end and had two tackles and a sack.

     

     

     SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

    Score: Won 27-3 over Oakland.

    • Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Out with an injury.  
    • Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Inactive.   

     

     TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

     

    Score: Lost 34-29 at Atlanta. 

    • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Returned two kickoffs for 31 yards. 

     

     TENNESSEE TITANS

     

    Score: Lost 21-0 at home to the Ravens.   

    • Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks, quarterback: Mariota was sacked 11 times. He had 25 yards rushing on two carries.  He completed 10 of 15 passes for 117 yards. 

     

     WASHINGTON REDSKINS

    Score: Won 23-17 over Carolina. 

    • Byron Marshall, Oregon Ducks, running back: Has been played on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He could return midway through the season.  

     

    Oregon to the Rose Bowl? Chances keep growing

    Oregon to the Rose Bowl? Chances keep growing

    Saturday’s outcome will have major Pac-12 North Division, conference title and bowl game implications. Actually, every Saturday for the rest of the season will have major ramifications for the Ducks. 

    Last week I wrote there was a chance Oregon fans will be smelling roses

    Those chances have grown exponentially since Oregon upset then No.7 Washington with a 30-27 overtime victory. A win against No. 25 Washington State would put UO in the drivers seat for a Pac-12 title and trip to the Rose Bowl.

    Hold on, says every Duck fan ever, if No. 12 Oregon wins the conference title, wouldn't the committee select it for the four-team playoff? Most likely Oregon’s loss to Stanford and weak non-conference schedule would keep it out of the playoff, and put UO in the 105th Rose Bowl against a Big Ten opponent on Jan. 1, 2019. Michigan would likely be that Big Ten opponent, but more on that later. 

    Here is what would need to happen:

    -Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) beats Washington State (5-1, 2-1) on Saturday

    -Oregon wins out in conference play

    -Oregon beats the Pac-12 South Division winner in the title game

    -Stanford loses another game.

    The first three conditions are in the Ducks’ control. The fourth condition, Stanford losing another game, is completely possible. The Cardinal lost 40-21 to Utah last Saturday, and have a tough schedule ahead. Stanford plays at Washington and face potential upset games against Cal and Washington State.

    Saturday will be a showdown between the Pac-12’s most potent offenses.

    Oregon’s offense leads the conference and ranks 11th nationally with 43 points per game. The Ducks are also getting it done on third down, leading the conference and ranking 8th in the nation with a 51.7 conversion percentage. While the Cougars own the nation's best passing attack, averaging 413.78 yards per game.

    Looking at the Pac-12 Conference, it seems like, for the most part, any given game is a toss up. This game is no different. Both teams have a 5-1 overall and 2-1 conference record. Washington State has home field advantage and an extra week to prepare, but the Ducks’ win over Washington proves it was smart to buy in coach Mario Cristobal’s “Oregon Football 2.0”.

    Pac-12 title hopes on the line, Top-25 matchup, ESPN’s College Game Day’s first trip ever to Pullman… Does it get any better?

    Looking at projected Rose Bowl opponents, one-loss Michigan is in second place behind unbeaten No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten standings. The teams will meet in the season finale on November 24th, but first No. 6 Michigan faces No. 24 Michigan State and No. 18 Penn State. If we are assuming Ohio State is headed to the CFB playoff, the Wolverines and coach Jim Harbaugh could hold onto second place in the Big Ten and meet Oregon in Pasadena.

    Smelling roses yet, Duck fans?