Almost Live: Stanford vs Oregon

Perennial also-ran takes on perennial champion for the Pac-12 North title


Stanford has a wonderful football program. It holds its student-athletes to the same rigorous academic standards as its less athletic students. The Cardinal plays fundamentally sound, physical football. It consistently beats teams not named Oregon. Even in a season when other Pac-12 teams engage in a boorish competition to see which team can embarrass itself the most, Stanford is rock solid—mind-boggling ...   More
Saturday, November 17, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Almost Live: Oregon vs California

Struggling Golden Bears attempt to beat the spread against undefeated Oregon


You are looking live a California Memorial Stadium as the 9-0 Oregon Ducks bring their high-powered offense to face the struggling Golden Bears of California. If that sounds familiar, there’s a reason: This is the exact same script as 2010. Those Ducks limped out of the stadium that day with a 15-13 win, the second-lowest point total of the Chip Kelly era. Oregon would go on to play for the national ...   More
Saturday, November 10, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Almost Live: Oregon at USC

Preseason National Champion hosts actual championship contender


The field goal attempt missed the uprights and the final bell sounded: USC 38, Oregon 35. That game in November last year was one for the ages. USC snapped the nation's longest home-winning streak by being the first visiting team in 22 tries to leave Autzen Stadium with a victory. That game quashed any chance of a rematch with LSU in the national championship game that Oregon players had been chirping ...   More
Saturday, November 3, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Almost Live: Oregon at Arizona State

Arizona State hopes to avoid becoming roadkill


Oregon faces its toughest test yet in the 24th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils. They are not ranked in the AP Poll or the BCS rankings, but they are a top 25 team in the most technical sense of the phrase. Can they pull off the upset or will they repeat the previous toughest tests Oregon has faced this season? Arizona creeped their way into the top 25 just in time leave Autzen Stadium limping and licking ...   More
Thursday, October 18, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Almost Live: Washington at Oregon

Hucking the Fuskies


Border wars are complicated. Residents of most states have no idea why they dislike the residents of their neighboring states—they just know that they do. Oregon and Washington are an excellent example of an inexplicable feud. How are we so different? Well, umm...There are plenty of other opportunities for the Washington-Oregon rivalry to manifest itself—including the Timbers-Sounders rivalry—but ...   More
Sunday, October 7, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

A Partial Defense of College Football's Championship "System"

Short of showing up at a college football tailgate with a case of O'Doul's, there's no more surefire way to make yourself unwelcome at a pregame function than to take a stab at defending the Rube Goldberg system of deciding a college football champion without a playoff system. But let me take that stab here by using the college football rankings that just came out, as a way of showing just how ...   More
Friday, August 7, 2009 HANK STERN


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