Getting Bromantic: What if This is Marcus Mariota’s Final Game at Autzen?

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) looks for an open receiver during the first quarter. The No. 9 Oregon Ducks play the University of Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on October 18, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Photo Credit: Taylor Wilder/Emerald

I’m not that guy. You know, the go-getter Duck fan in your group who paid for ESPN Insider, frequents rivals.com, and gets recruiting updates in the form of push notifications. He can identify the breakout player 18 months before he breaks out. That guy consumes football like he eats Cracker Jacks — knowledgeable and appreciative of the harmonic nature by which crunchy, sweet molasses covered popcorn combine with peanuts and the perfect hint of saltiness. For the rest of us, watching college football and eating Cracker Jacks is all about the surprise, and Marcus Mariota turned out to be one heck of a toy at the bottom of the box.

On the field Marcus has amassed 9,122 passing yards and 1,991 rushing for a total of 114 touchdowns. He has led the Ducks to an overall record of 31-4, including resounding victories over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, and Texas in the Alamo Bowl. The school records for passing in attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, efficiency, average yards per pass, average yards per completion, and yards per game all belong to Marcus Mariota. Without a doubt he has cemented himself as the most prolific quarterback in Oregon history, and deserves every drop of Heisman consideration that he has received during the 2014 college football season.

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#MoDucks in Movember

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Every October, we can count on seeing pink everywhere for Breast Cancer Awareness month. We’d like to see the country embrace Movember the same way. 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime. Movember encourages men to shave their facial hair at the beginning of November (it’s never too late to join!) and grow out their moustache all month long as a physical symbol of supporting men’s cancer awareness, rather than wearing a color or ribbon.

While Movember supports many men’s health programs, a major focus is on prostate and testicular cancer. 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime — my great uncle lost his battle with prostate cancer and my grandpa is a survivor. According to the American Cancer Society, “prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer.”

To support Movember The Duck Store has created this Mo Ducks shirt, with $2 from the sale [...]
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Oregon Visits Utah, Gets Back To Front Running Ways

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Photo: Taylor Wilder/Emerald

Photo: Taylor Wilder/Emerald

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.
Media: ESPN
Weather: Mid 40’s, dry
Vegas Says: Oregon -8
Game Color: Green

In this spread-offense era, the Ducks have mastered the art of blowing out their opponents whilst amassing gaudy stats on the offensive side of the football. In a phrase, they’re up there with the nation’s best “front runners.”

The scariest moments during this era have come when a defense is able to keep the Ducks from running up the score, and ultimately forcing them into a close game — “deep water,” as the Stanford Cardinal coined it a few years ago. For a team that is accustomed to coasting through the finish line, a close game can be a swift and shaky shock to the system, but these games can be expected over the course of a college football season. This year there was Michigan State for three quarters, Washington State, Arizona (ugh…), and to some degree UCLA; every other contest has been a merciless blowout, including the three most recent.

Having handed Stanford their Pac-12 North walking papers, a big win over #17 Utah would be just what the Ducks need to reestablish themselves as one of the nations most dominant contenders for the inaugural college football playoff. The Utes present the perfect challenge, and opportunity, for the Ducks to show that they’ve turned the corner at this juncture in the season. Kyle Whittingham has his guys playing some of the best defense in the Pac-12, only allowing an average of 21 points per game this season, and never more than 30. Their record is a more-than-respectable 6-2, with their two losses coming against two pass-happy programs — Washington State and Arizona State — by a combined 4 points.

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No longer Puddles or Donald, the Duck has a long history

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Over the past few years, there has been much debate among fans about the University of Oregon’s mascot’s name. Donald, Puddles and The Duck are all thrown into the conversation, and while all are true for a point in time, The Duck has been the official name since 2010. Here is a brief history of Oregon’s loveable mascot.

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Oregon Hosts Stanford: Why it’s time for the Ducks to end Cardinal dominance

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Oregon Ducks tight end Pharaoh Brown (85) and wide receiver Darren Carrington (87) celebrate Brown's touchdown in the fourth quarter. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks play the California Golden Bears at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California on October 24, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Photo Credit: Taylor Wilder/Emerald

Autzen Stadium
Saturday, November 1st

Kickoff: 4:30 p.m.
Media: Fox
Weather: Mid 50’s at Kickoff, 40% chance of rain
Vegas Says: Oregon -12.5
Game Color: Black

As usual, there’s a lot on the line in this installment of the growing rivalry between Oregon and Stanford. It’s been several years since there was anything less than national title hopes on the line for at least one of these teams (this year the Ducks fill that role), and the Pac-12 North is pretty much always up for grabs until this game has played out.

The story will be the same this year as it has been the last several years of Stanford’s dominance — bigger and stronger against smaller and faster — and I can’t imagine the game plan changing drastically for either team. Stanford will stack the box on offense and defense as they attempt to take away Oregon’s running game, and eat up oodles of clock with their own. Oregon will be looking to break through Stanford’s human wall for a few first downs, in order to tire out the big fellas, before they’re able to bounce a few outside for the big plays. If you’re watching at home you’ll probably hear the Fox commentators use the phrase, “get to the corner,” a million times, and it’ll either be regarding Oregon’s success in making the turn or Stanford yet again preventing the Oregon speedsters from getting there.

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Oregon Hosts Washington: A Rivalry, Despite Recent History

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Autzen Stadium
Saturday, October 18th

Kickoff: 5 p.m.
Media: Fox Sports 1
Weather: It never rains at Autzen Stadium… But you might get wet.
Vegas Says: Oregon -20.5
Game Color: Green

It’s been a decade of dominance for the Ducks against the rival Washington Huskies, and 20 years since the famed “Pick” by Kenny Wheaton. Since that play in 1994, the Ducks have won 15 of the last 19 matchups.

Interestingly, the heavy hand of the Ducks has been so overwhelming that the validity of the word “rival” has been a major topic of discussion among writers and analysts in the week leading up to the game. On Monday, Jon Canzano released a piece in the Oregonian suggesting that you would consider Oregon vs Washington a rivalry “Only if you’ve been in a coma,” while Addicted To Quack wishes you a happy “I hate Washington Week.”

Since there are clearly differing opinions on the matter, let me tell you where I stand: LET’S. GO. DUCKS!

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The Civil War Rivalry by Kerry Eggers

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The Civil War Rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State

Five-time winner of the Oregon Sportswriter of the Year Award Kerry Eggers tells a comprehensive account of one of the most memorable rivalries in college football in his book, The Civil War Rivalry: Oregon vs. Oregon State. Packed with history, heart and commitment, The Civil War Rivalry travels through the excursions of the heavily dedicated players, coaches and fans that have been rooted in the annual civil war battle since its 894 beginnings.

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Introducing: The Bucker

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If you went to the Michigan State or Wyoming games and sat on the north side of Autzen Stadium, you know that a good hat goes a long way on a sunny day. With the Bucker, you can show off your Duck pride while avoiding sunburns and squinting, plus your ears and neck stay protected. Being that this is Oregon, though, it’s also important to have a hat that can keep you dry when the clouds roll in.

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Oregon @ UCLA: A Must Win On Both Sides

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Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Saturday, October 11th

Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.
Media: FOX
Weather: HOT
Vegas Says: Ducks -2 ½
Game Color: Yellow

Mark Helfrich leads his Ducks south this weekend to a venue that has been a mark of successful seasons in recent years: The Rose Bowl. This time, however, the Ducks hope to simply stop-in for a victory in order to keep their playoff dreams alive, while the Bruins will hope to give the Ducks a swift kick in the tail feathers and send them back to Eugene with more questions than dreams.

Both teams are coming off losses in matchups that they certainly should have won, but both have equal opportunity remaining to win their division in order to advance to the Pac-12 Championship, and potentially find themselves in the midst of the first college football playoff in the history of the sport. Looking around the college football landscape it would be difficult to argue that there is a game that means more to the respective teams than [...]
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The Latest Shoe: Nike Oregon Zoom Field General Training Shoe

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Photo: Brady Abler

Photo: Brady Abler

Nike Oregon Zoom Field General Training Shoe
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At Oregon, we love shoes that support our teams. We kicked off the season with two versions of the Nike Lunar TRI — the Week Zero Collection and the Kay Yow Trainer, which supports the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Today, we present to Oregon fans the Nike Zoom Field General. Designed specifically for quarterbacks, “The Zoom Field General offers stability for those in flux moments, as well as the support and responsiveness to help the wearer explode and accelerate from a standstill.” [nikeblog.com]

In the past, we’ve been happy to bring you variations of high performance Nike cross-trainers but this marks the first time that we’ve been able to offer an Oregon branded field shoe. And, just as you’ve come to expect, it was worth the wait.

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