Game Preview: #7 Sparty vs. #3 Oregon

Michigan State brings defending Rose Bowl champion, tired humor to Autzen

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Here you have it, kiddos: the grandaddy of all this year’s nonconference games. #7 Michigan State (1-0) at #3 Oregon (1-0). A battle between the team that beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl and the team that the Cardinal ran roughshod over last year to get there. The Fighting Ducks of Oregon are favored by just a hair under two touchdowns today—about the same as they were over Stanford last year. Tired ...   More
 
Saturday, September 6, 2014 JOHN LOCANTHI

Oregon Ducks Open Spring Practices to Journalist-Turned-Oregon Publicist

Media, fans still not allowed.

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The Oregon Ducks football program kicked off spring football practice today. With a likely top 10 ranking entering the upcoming season, all eyes are focused on whether the team can play its way into the inaugural four-team college football playoff.There are three things Oregon fans and reporters alike have been able to count on over the past five years: points, wins and not being able to attend team ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 JOHN LOCANTHI

Valero Alamo Bowl: #10 Oregon vs. Texas

Longtime coaches for Ducks, Longhorns to make final stand at the Alamo before retiring

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Oregon (10-2) vs Texas (8-4) looked like a potential BCS matchup before the season started. Instead, the two teams meet in San Antonio for one final game before an offseason of significant change. After spending most of the season ranked in the top 2, the Ducks limp into the game after losing two of their final four games. Texas was mauled by Baylor in the de facto Big XII championship game after starting ...   More
 
Monday, December 30, 2013 JOHN LOCANTHI

Game Preview: Oregon State vs #12 Oregon

Ducks play Beavers in the Civil War for dignity, Platypus

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The oldest rivalry on the west coats finds #12 Oregon (9-2) and Oregon State (6-5) in a familiar position in the 117th iteration of the Civil War: Coming off of bad losses. The Ducks have won five straight in the series and hold a 14-game lead in it overall, but they have lost their final game before the Civil War in each of the past three seasons. The difference is that this time, it wasn't the Ducks' ...   More
 
Friday, November 29, 2013 JOHN LOCANTHI

Game Preview: #5 Oregon vs Arizona

Mariota, nursing an injured knee, leads Oregon into stadium where Oregon QBs get injured

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The fifth-ranked Ducks (9-1) face the inconsistent Arizona Wildcats (6-4) in the penultimate game of the regular season. Thanks to a Stanford loss last week, the Ducks once again control their own destiny in the Pac-12. Autzen Stadium will host the third annual Pac-12 Championship Game if the team wins tomorrow's game in Arizona Stadium and the Civil War. But funny things always seem to happen when ...   More
 
Friday, November 22, 2013 JOHN LOCANTHI

Game Preview: Utah vs #6 Oregon

For some reason, Ducks favored by 26 points against the team that beat Stanford

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The Oregon Ducks (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) host the Utah Utes (4-5, 1-5 Pac-12) in the first ever meeting between these two schools as conference foes. Before the season, we joked about Utah not taking advantage of its supreme luck in not playing Oregon or Stanford in its first two seasons in the extended Pac-12. Welp, they're 1-0 against the Big Boys from the northern division thus far. Oregon, on the other ...   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013 JOHN LOCANTHI

Game Preview: #2 Oregon vs #6 Stanford

The Pac-12 Game of the Year or: How Oregon Decided to Stop Worrying About the BCS and Take Revenge on the Nerds

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The preseason Pac-12 "Game of the Year" is finally upon us. For the second consecutive season, it is a revenge game between Oregon and the one conference team that beat Oregon the previous season—Stanford, in this case. Like USC the year before. Stanford started the season ranked in the top 5. Like USC the year before, Stanford lost to an unranked team before the Pac-12’s premier matchup. Like ...   More
 
Thursday, November 7, 2013 JOHN LOCANTHI

#12 UCLA vs #2 Oregon: Game Preview

Oregon Lite takes on Oregon Classic in primetime showdown

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The second-ranked Oregon Ducks (7-0) face their stiffest test yet in the 12th-ranked UCLA Bruins (5-1) on Saturday at 4 pm PST on ESPN. This the second game of a brutal back-to-back road trip for the Bruins, who are coming off a disappointing loss to the athletically superior nerds of Stanford in Palo Alto. This is the first time the teams have met since a disinterested Oregon team bested the Bruins ...   More
 
Friday, October 25, 2013 by John Locanthi

Washington State vs Oregon: Game Preview

Heavily favored Ducks welcome Cooglings to Autzen... Wait, what's with the pink helmets?!

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Remember how fun and exciting it was when Oregon took on a two-touchdown underdog in a hostile environment last week? [You betcha!—Ed.] Well it's back to the five-touchdown dogs—or should I say "Cougs"—this weekend with former high profile football coach Mike Leach's Cougars coming to town. Before you scoff, I'll remind you that these aren't the same Cougs you've seen the past few seasons. They're ...   More
 
Friday, October 18, 2013 JOHN LOCANTHI

Oregon at Washington: Game Preview

Second-ranked Ducks face first true challenge of the season in border war

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All eyes turn to Seattle this weekend as the #16 Washington Huskies (4-1), fresh off their "statement loss" to Stanford, face their longtime rival and recent bully, the Oregon Ducks (5-0). The traveling roadshow College GameDay has even decided to make its first trip to Ted Bundy's alma mater in anticipation to what should the biggest game of the day. This, my friends, should be a game for the ages.Or ...   More
 
Friday, October 11, 2013 by John Locanthi

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