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Oregon Ducks move up in AP Poll after major upsets in top 25

Oregon Ducks move up in AP Poll after major upsets in top 25

The Oregon Ducks (5-1, 3-0) moved up from No. 13 to No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, after thumping Colorado 45-3 in Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Or.

Oregon’s fifth straight win improves the Ducks to 3-0 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.

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It was a wild week in the top 25. Among the ranked teams to lose were then No. 3 Georgia, No. 7 Florida and No. 11 Texas.

Oregon remains the top-ranked Pac-12 team, followed by No. 13 Utah, No. 17 Arizona State and No. 25 Washington, who moved back into the top 25 this week. The Ducks will play rival No. 25 Washington in Seattle at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct.19.

In the Pac-12:

  • Washington Huskies come back from halftime deficit to beat Arizona, 51-27
  • Zack Moss lead Utah to a rout of Oregon State, 52-7, in Corvallis.
  • Notre Dame rode Troy Jones' 176 yards to a 30-27 victory over USC.
  • Arizona State rallied to beat Washington State 38-34.

Oregon's uniform combo is BRIGHT for Friday night

Oregon's uniform combo is BRIGHT for Friday night

With redemption on their mind, the No. 13 Oregon Ducks will be sporting all yellow against Colorado on Friday at 7 p.m in Eugene, Ore. Duck fans are encouraged to wear yellow in Autzen Stadium on Friday. 

Oregon's "Nike Vapor Fusion" uniform is celebrating its 20th anniversary of their partnership with Nike. The winged helmets are back and the jerseys feature large "Mighty Oregon" font resembling last season's "Oregon Football 2.0" uniform with slight differences. The addition of Nightmare Green is the biggest change while notably no black set was released (yet). 

Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) is the only remaining team in the North Division without a conference loss and looking to stay atop of the North standings. A win would improve Oregon to 3-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013. The Ducks dominating defense is yielding just 9.8 points per game, best in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation. 

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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.

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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.


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.

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.

Breakdown: 10 takeaways from Oregon men's basketball 2019-20 schedule

Breakdown: 10 takeaways from Oregon men's basketball 2019-20 schedule

Fresh off a sweet 16 run, the countdown is on for Ducks tipoff! Oregon men’s basketball’s 2019-20 schedule is finalized and here are 10 takeaways about the Ducks and the Pac-12 Conference.


1. Thursdays and Sundays just became your Oregon men’s basketball days

Once the Ducks begin Pac-12 play at Colorado on Thursday, Jan. 2, 16 of Oregon’s 18 games are played on a Thursday or Saturday. The two games Oregon plays on Sunday are at UCLA on Sunday, Jan. 26 and vs. Utah on Sunday, Feb. 26.

2. Changes are coming

This is the last 18-game conference schedule rotation. In May, the Pac-12 announced that it will transition to a 20-game schedule beginning with the 2020-21 season.

3. Circle you calendars for these ones

Defending Pac-12 Tournament champions Oregon vs. Pac-12 regular season champions Washington meet in the third week. The Ducks visit the Huskies in their lone matchup of the season on Saturday, Jan. 18. On Thursday, Jan. 2, the Ducks will look to win their first ever game at Colorado in their season opener. 

4. Welcome to the Pac-12

For the first time since 2014-15, three head coaches will make their Pac-12 debuts this season (California’s Mark Fox, UCLA’s Mick Cronin and Washington State’s Kyle Smith).

5. Early expectations

Five Pac-12 teams – Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, USC and Washington – appear on several national media outlets’ early top 25 rankings for the 2019-20 campaign.

6. Viva Las Vegas

The Pac-12 Tournament returns for its fourth year at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from March 11-14, 2020.

7. Tough from the start

The Ducks will face eight teams in nonconference play that played in the postseason last season, including four NCAA Tournament teams in Houston, Michigan, Seton Hall and Montana.

8. Back in Matthew Knight Arena

Oregon’s Pac-12 home opener is Jan. 9 against Arizona, followed by Arizona State on Jan. 11.

9. A home-heavy tail end

Oregon will play five of its last seven games at home for the first time since 2015-16.

10. Television partners are finalized

Oregon will be featured in 18 national broadcasts by either the ESPN family of networks, CBS or Fox and FS1 during the 2019-20 season.

Bonus: Pac-12 after dark

Four of Oregon’s nine Pac-12 home games are set to begin at 8 p.m.

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The Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived

The Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived

LAS VEGAS - With the Pac-12 Tournament wide open, it appeared this season could be Oregon State’s chance to take the crown. The Beavers (18-13, 10-8 Pac-12) earned a coveted first round bye, finished with their best conference record since the 1989-90 season and had a veteran team full of playmakers. Alas, the Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived, losing to Colorado, 73-58, in the quarterfinals.

Also maybe gone? Oregon State’s chances of making the NIT tournament. The Beavers were a bubble team and a win over fifth-seeded Colorado (21-11, 10-8)  would have been a good and needed resume boost. Instead, the Beavers depart Las Vegas with Selection Sunday outcome looking gloom and out of their hands. If the CBI Tournament calls, OSU could accept an invitation to the smaller postseason tournament. 

Following the loss, OSU coach Wayne Tinkle held out hope for the NIT, “We’ll see,” Tinkle said. “My take is; if it’s the right situation, these guys have had a remarkable year and have earned an opportunity… But we’ll take that as it comes down the road.” 

Seems a shame that a season full of highs should end abruptly in Las Vegas during OSU’s first game that showcased many lows. Oregon State’s 18 first half points were the lowest of the season and its five total assists were also a low. The Beavers did not make a three pointer in the first half, despite the nine attempts from beyond the arc.

Another low; Fourth-seeded OSU was the first higher seeded team to be “upset” in the conference tournament.

OSU trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half but roared out of the locker room after halftime, coming to life for a second half comeback that would eventually fall short. The Beavers cut the deficit to six points with two 10-0 runs and exciting play from Tres Tinkle, Ethan Thompson and Stephan Thompson Jr., all which reached double-digit scoring marks.

Tinkle led the Beavers with 23 points, his fifth-consecutive game scoring 20-plus.

Colorado took back the momentum, extended its winning streak to five games, and eliminated the Beavers.

"They came out and made shots, got confident and we just didn't really do much to try to stop it," Tinkle said. 

The Cinderella story quickly turned scary; The Beavers' flat start doomed them from the start and sent them packing back to Corvallis.

Will Oregon State's record season lead to the Pac-12 Tournament crown?

Will Oregon State's record season lead to the Pac-12 Tournament crown?

Records: Oregon State (18-12, 10-6 Pac-12), Colorado (10-8, 20-11 Pac-12)

The fourth-seeded Beavers earned a coveted first-round bye in the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament. Oregon State will face No. 5 seed Colorado, who beat No. 12 seed California 56-54 in the first round on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals.

Why watch?  The winner of the Pac-12 Tournament gets the conference’s automatic bid to the to NCAA Tournament. Since any team can get hot in the tournament… Will it be OSU who takes the crown and heads to the big dance?

The Beavers are having a record season and have some of the Pac-12's veteran playmakers, including redshirt junior Tres Tinkle, who was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team earlier this week. Oregon State finished with its best conference record since the 1989-90 season, earning the highest seed in the tournament since that season.

On the line: Most projections have OSU on the outside of the NIT Tournament. A win over Colorado would boost Oregon State’s resume and likely send them back into the NIT field, so the season doesn’t end in Las Vegas.

In regular season: Oregon State played Colorado one time this season and won 76-74 on Jan. 31 on the road in Boulder, CO.

Fun Fact: Colorado coach Tad Boyle is the only Pac-12 coach to win four straight tournament games and claim a tournament title, accomplishing the feat in 2012.

Top Beavers:

Tres Tinkle is on fire, scoring 20-plus points in four consecutive games and posting four double-doubles in the last six games. He’s been particularily dangerous from beyond the arc in the last four games, shooting 50.0 percent (12-for-24) from three-point range. The redshirt junior finished second in the Pac-12 in scoring (21.4) in conference games.

Colorado will have its hands full with junior forward Kylor Kelley, who leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.4).

When senior Stephen Thompson Jr. goes, the Beavers go. OSU is 17-7 when he scores in double figures and 1-5 when he scores less than 10 points.

Buffs to keep an eye on

The win over Cal extends Colorado's winning streak to four games, which much thanks to sophomores Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright IV, both of whom earned first-team all-conference honors earlier this week.

Bey was also named the conference's Most Improved Player. He leads Colorado at 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. He is the co-leader in the Pac-12 in double-doubles with 14.

Wright is averaging 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while leading the Buffaloes in assists (142) and steals (33). 

How and where to watch

Time: Thursday, March 14, 2:30 p.m

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

TV: Pac-12 Networks

 

Can Oregon men's basketball snap the Colorado curse?

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Can Oregon men's basketball snap the Colorado curse?

The Oregon men’s basketball team is still looking for their first win in Boulder, Colorado. Yep, you read that right. Even the 2016-17 Ducks, who went 16-2 in conference play and advanced to the final four of the NCAA Tournament, couldn’t snap Oregon's losing streak at the CU Events Center.

Colorado has struggled in the Pac-12 thus far this season, going 2-6 in conference play. But Oregon hasn't found much success either. After Thursday's 78-72 win over the Utes, however, the Ducks are in good position to climb up the conference standings, and need to be all in to complete the mountain sweep this Saturday. 

Let’s preview Oregon at Colorado.

Records: Oregon (13-8, 4-4 Pac-12), Colorado (11-9, 2-6 Pac-12)

Injury Update: Bol Bol (season-ending injury) and Abu Kigab (transfer) are out for the Ducks. Oregon's Kenny Wooten had a tough fall against the Utes, flipping over Utah's Jayce Johnson and taking a few minutes to get up. He returned to the game ahead of halftime and is expected to be good to go.

The Buffaloes are without senior guard Namon Wright and sophomore Dallas Walton, who both suffered season-ending injuries. Junior guard Deleon Brown is academically ineligible to play.

Record Watch: With Oregon’s next win, Dana Altman will enter the NCAA’s top 30 in all-time Division I coaching victories.

Fun Fact: Junior guard Payton Pritchard has 92 consecutive starts for the Ducks.

Richardson goes off: Ducks head coach Dana Altman has been pushing freshman Will Richardson to break out of his shell. After scoring a mere eight points in the last four contests, the 6-foot-5 guard exploded for a career-high 19 points on 8-12 shooting against Utah. 

Buffaloes to watch: Tyler Bey leads the Buffaloes in rebounding with 9.2 rebounds per game. The sophomore guard-forward has managed 27 blocks and 19 steals so far this season, and should definitely be on Oregon’s watchlist. Sophomore guard McKinley Wright leads Colorado in scoring with 12.7 points per game. He averages 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

How and where to watch

Time: Saturday, February 2, 6:36 p.m. (PT)

Where: CU Events Center Boulder, CO

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Beavers put their bad streaks to bed, upset Colorado

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Beavers put their bad streaks to bed, upset Colorado

What. A. Win.

Oregon State did the improbable on Saturday, upsetting the Colorado Buffaloes in an overtime thriller, 41-34. To say this victory was a long time coming is an understatement.

The Beavers were riding a 13-game Pac-12 losing streak heading into the game and hadn’t won on the road in 22 games. The last time the Beavers won on the road? October 4, 2014, at Colorado of all places.

But the crazy stats behind this victory don’t stop there. Colorado running back Travon McMillian scored on a 75-yard run just seconds into the third quarter to give the Buffs the 31-3 lead. As we know, Oregon State would erase that 28-point deficit, making this victory the third-largest comeback in the history of the Pac-12.

Quarterback Jake Luton was lights out, throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Jermar Jefferson had another solid game on the ground rushing for 135 yards.

The Beavers won this one in overtime, but they could have won it in regulation. Down by just six points with two minutes remaining, Oregon State marched down the field and scored what should have been the game-winning touchdown. However, placekicker Jordan Choukair missed the go-ahead PAT and the game remain tied at 34

The game went to overtime, and it was obvious that the Beavers still had the momentum, and they used it to break streaks and pick up the biggest victory of the Jonathan Smith era.

As was expected, Oregon State Twitter was on fire: