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  2. There hasn't been much in the past to show that Oregon knows how to develop a QB, and so far that includes this current year. Either our existing QB's didn't show much hope or our present QB coach doesn't believe in his own ability to develop a QB, thus the call went out to Bo. I for one believe that the talent we had in our QB barn was sufficient to provide a winner, for a coach that knew how to develop that is. Since our HC came from the defense side of the ball I suspect his talents don't lie in the area of developing a QB. That leaves me to question the ability to develop QB's of our own OC.
  3. Yesterday
  4. We just view reality differently. I believe Nix's stats tell more than what they don't tell. When you play 3-years in a program and have started 34 games, your stats TELL A LOT. If Nix had great stats you wouldn't be writing a post with a headline suggesting not to judge him by his stats...but because his stats are not great and he hasn't shown significant improvement, you have a long list of excuses and rationalizations. It is ironic you suggest not to judge him by his stats but you don't present any stats(facts) to support your position?!? Auburn had a bad year last season yet in the Iron Bowl they lost to Alabama by 2 points WITHOUT Nix playing! I just hope Oregon stops accepting average teansfer QB's from other schools and starts DEVELOPING true freshmen they recruit....like Alabama, Clemson, the luckeyes and other powerhouse teams.
  5. Last week
  6. Nix's biggest problem at Auburn was the conference. It's hard to win in the SEC, much easier to win in the Pac-12. Thus he goes to Oregon.
  7. I guess a lot hinges on ND and what they do Yep, you got it. I really don't think the contenders in the Big-10 are worried about Oregon, Washington, and Stanford kicking their butts. Not in the least. At least USC will be one of the contenders.
  8. To break it down, what kind of O-line did he have? What kind of offensive skills players did he have? What kind of play calling did he have? Some players don't improve. Mariota was just as good in his first year of starting as his last, for the most part. Same with Thibadeaux. To get an idea of how good he will be at Oregon, we will just have to watch him play. We know that he will have very good skill position players on the offense. The O-line is at least, experienced and is probably going to be pretty good. If Nix wasn't at Auburn (which was a team around the low 20s when they were ranked) and instead at a team like Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio St - would he be a super-star? I think that Trevor Lawrence was the most recent top QB in college football. That guy could play and you just knew it by watching him. l watched a replay of the 2019 game vs Auburn. Nix had very little time to throw, but he was good at escaping the rush. When he did have time and open receivers - he was good. On long balls as well. I think Nix had a crappy offense at Auburn. But we will see.
  9. ??? He had 3-years at Auburn and never significantly improved...just like Brown at BC to Oregon. What else are we supposed to judge him on? Logic would suggest Nix would improve each year as he became more knowledgeable about facing those same defenses. He didn't. He has 34 career starts to 0 for Butterfield and Thompson so if Nix is going to be the starter he better win the job by a HUGE MARGIN to have any credibility in the locker room. Speaking of those SEC defenses...the game has changed. The SEC had 3 teams in the Top 10 in the nation in Scoring Offense... Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. They had 2 teams in the Top 10 in Scoring Defense (Georgia and Texas A&M)... Alabama was #18. Nix wasn't playing against great SEC defenses on a weekly basis...the fact is he couldn't score the ball regardless of the defense i.e.11 passing TD's in 10 games. I am hoping Nix, if he is the starter, is on a VERY SHORT rope because all the hype based in his PAST success working with Dillingham(funny how people want to count that but not his stats) and the massive advantage he has in experience of being a starter over Butterfield and Thompson...suggests he needs to win immediately.
  10. Bo played against SEC defenses, which are very good. Anthony Brown was terrible. Bo is a different QB. Bo gets his chance. It is highly doubtful that Bo will not start vs Georgia. I think Bo will do fine this year. I also think that Butters has better accuracy than Ty. But we will see in 2023. If Bo really stinks, then it will be next man up. The Spring game was telling for a QB to be able to throw the football. Not much else can be gained from watching a Spring game. I will go on record stating that Bo Nix will have a great season as the starter. I hope that the backups get to play in the lesser games when the Ducks have a lead.
  11. I think it is over for the big10 - at least until we toward the end of the season. The Oregon brand is still good - but money is better. The rest of the big10 does not want Oregon, Washington, and Stanford kicking their butts and making them lose. If the conference became, Ohio St, USC, Oregon - and Penn St, Mich, Mich St, Wisconsin, Iowa all got knocked down, they wouldn't like it. As it is, USC will be only one loss for said teams and they will beat up on UCLA, so they have it just the way they like it.
  12. I'm with you on this. However, I suspect Bo will get the first call but kept on a short leash. Sure would like to see all three get time in the first game, even if it's just one series.
  13. Remember as training camp begins, the mainstream media will not have access to practices...I am assuming Lanning like his predecessor will allow a fixed time after practice for interviews of coaches and players. But only the Oregon "inside man" Rob Moseley will be sharing first-hand accounts of what happens at practice (with limitations / restrictions). Rob does a good job and in case you haven't been checking, he has numerous posts previewing each position leading up training camp. Be wary of the fanboys who because of a website or being long standing season ticket holders and other types of self-proclaimed "legitimate credentials," write articles as if they were at practice or because they were part of a 5-minute group interview after a practice, it somehow gives them "inside information." Most of the time they simply rewrite what Moseley posts into their own narrative. Here is hoping Oregon's starting QB is Thompson or Butterfield 🙏 Go Ducks! https://goducks.com/ There is an app too.
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  15. Because nothing has happened by now, I think it's doubtful anything will. Looks like the "Oregon Brand" isn't worth as much as many thought it is. Unless, of course Collage Football is not really about Collage Football anymore. Maybe the minor league is the only place you can find real Collage sports, as many of us would like it to be, again. Is the Pac going to go the way of the Mountain West, and teams only play on national TV as the visiting team for warm up games of others ?? Sad, very sad.
  16. Only works if all teams have equal strength of schedule. Unfortunately, they do not. All so very true.
  17. The Playoffs are not about CONFERENCES but about INDIVIDUAL TEAMS getting in. Oregon made it once under a previous format (Chip Kelly) and once under the current format (Mark Helfraud). So did the uw under the current format Oregon would have made it last season had they followed up their win against the luckeyes by winning out and decisively. They didn't. Alabama, Michigan and Georgia had a combined 3 losses...same number as Oregon; Cincinnati was undefeated with a win over Notre Dame (its only loss). The reality of last season was the Pac-12, B12 and ACC didn't have any Playoff worthy teams IF the goal is to put the 4 BEST TEAMS in the Playoffs. I am not opposed to conference champions qualifying automatically for the Playoffs but... 1) That is not a decision Kliavkoff can make on his own or any Playoff format for that matter. 2) In the eyes of many, the Pac-12, beyond name only, is hardly worthy of "automatic qualifying" for a national championship. Especially given its teams who have struggled(and lost) to the best teams in the MWC these past few years. The formula for getting to the Playoffs, regardless of the format is WIN GAMES.
  18. Or... the pac12 team that is ranked in the top 4 needs to keep winning. That is how all the other playoff teams do it.
  19. All of which means nothing unless the national championship format is changed so that the conference champions get guaranteed entrance into the national championship playoffs. With Kliavkoff's attitude, and direction, no Pac team will go undefeated during the season, not even with USC/UCLA gone. Under present format no Pac team will ever make it to the national playoffs. - - - - - - - Guaranteed. The national playoff format has to change for any Pac team to get in.
  20. I know I read this when it was first announced but Kliavkoff mentioned it today in his opening statement for the Pac-12 Media Day and it is important to remember... The Pac-12 Championship Game in football will be between the 2 teams with the highest CONFERENCE WINNING PERCENTAGES. Therefore winning a Division is no guarantee of playing for a championship just as finishing in 2nd place in a Division could also put you in the title game. Also, to use Oregon as an example, winning or losing against Georgia will have no impact on whether Oregon plays for a Conference Championship. Obviously the worst case scenario is to have a competitive and balanced Division in which teams are beating up each other.
  21. Yeah the brand is so good Oregon and the Pac-10 are now on life support. Mario Cristobal took a brand to the Rose Bowl with a team he largely inherited and then guided a team he recruited to the Alamo Bowl as well as taking a venue once feared by all opponents to a noise level of the local public library. A football team has very little to do with a brand i.e. see UCLA as one example. The B10 would take Stanford's "brand" in a heartbeat over Oregon by all reports and especially if they added Notre Dame. Unless the Pac-12 merges with what I see as the only remaining option, the ACC, they will be left to raiding the Mountain West Conference and being a mid-Major which means little to no chance of making the Playoffs. The Pac-12 couldn't even make itself Playoff relevant WITH USC and UCLA and they are both gone in 2-years if not sooner...nobody will take the Pac-10 + west coast add-ons seriously as a "power conference" let alone Playoff caliber.
  22. Oregon's football brand is pretty big... Going to the natty twice in recent years. Knocking off Ohio St last year. Beating a great Oklahoma team in 2006. Putting up so many points in the Chip Kelly years. So many ESPN game day events in the last decade or so. And most importantly - being ranked so highly so many times during the season. ------------------------------ The "brand" took a big hit when Helfrich brought the team down in 2016 and when the Snake left in 2017, but Mario brought it back up with recruiting and getting close to another playoff birth. The "brand" is still alive. Texas and Oklahoma will get destroyed in the SEC. USC will be the next Nebraska in the big10. Oregon will rein in the west. -------------------------------- The "brand" needs a good showing vs Georgia. These are the kinds of games that Oregon needs to be competitive in for the brand to survive. Oregon doesn't need to win - just keep it interesting. When Alabama put a beatdown on USC 52 -6 a few years ago - that killed the USC brand. But Riley is bringing it back with recruiting and transfer moves. ------------------------------- Brands are living animals that shrink and grow on their own. The fans don't care about TV revenue, profit sharing or any of that -the fans want to see spirited football and Oregon delivers on that - most of the time. And that is why Oregon has a brand.
  23. TV markets: Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, Bay Area -- those are pretty good media markets. Something will happen.
  24. And the Pac-12 sinks even lower. Thanks to Larry Scott and all those who kept him in office. And you can also thank the University of Oregon for not raising a flag and speaking out about it, just being a "yes man", during Scott's reign. Like it or not, it's the responsibility of every school to raise flags when needed and that need was there for many years.
  25. I honestly believe a lot of efforts are going on behind the scenes on behalf of the Pac-12 and I think a Pac-12 / B12 merger would have worked had the B12 not already added BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF after losing Texas and Oklahoma. It just feels like from all these articles the Pac-12(minus USC and UCLA) doesn't have alot of leverage / value when it comes to media rights. https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/34264518/sources-big-12-pac-12-partner-talks-officially-end
  26. Yep...it is all about the money whether anyone likes it or not. When you are the weakest P5 Conference who struggles to get a team to even sniff the Playoffs and perhaps your "brand team"(Oregon) doesn't have a stadium ranked in the Top 50 in terms of capacity and whose entire state population is about the size of Los Angeles..that is going to be a tough sell in terms of value. Even your suggested criteria is fractured as well i.e. how was Cristobal's coaching relative to his recruiting??? You don't think people notice when you get destroyed twice within a couple of weeks to a team that your rival beat?(Utah and Oregon State). Oregon's brand is much bigger in the eyes of its fans than in the reality of those outside that sphere. That is one thing I have learned since Texas and Oklahoma bolted for the SEC and recently USC and UCLA agreed to go to the B10... money talks more than performance on a football field. That is why I am hoping for some type of merger of the Pac-12 and ? because Oregon as a lone wolf or even partnered with the uw is just "filler" for someone else. Otherwise if Oregon and / or the uw were really that important in any capacity, they would be headed to the B10. They may be an option but they are not the primary goal.
  27. All fine, and with all due respect to your comment …. but …. “quite frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”. I really don’t care what every other pundit or news rag has to say about it. Each story has a new tag on “it”, and it’s all BS. Nothing about football. Nothing about recruiting. Nothing about coaching. All about some storyline of who and how and why money runs the game. I guess that is what has become of college football.
  28. I like articles which present arguments using measured statistics to fuel the conclusions. Hence I find this article noteworthy. Actually I am not surprised Oregon falls outside the Top 20 and behind USC, uw, Stanford and UCLA. Fans seem to measure so much based almost entirely on football success(or failures) while I believe the decision-makers factor in much more criteria when it comes to conference realignment. https://www.si.com/college/2022/07/14/power-5-desirability-rankings-sec-big-ten-acc
  29. I will revise my predictions... ND 50/50 chance to go to big10 or stay independent. TV markets not good enough for Washington/Oregon to go to big10, but could get in just because of football interest and to put a bigger foothold on the west coast. Pac12/Big12/Mtn West do some "voodoo" kind of swappings that make no sense at all. Beavs and Wazzu in Mtn West. ACC and Pac12 try some kind of "merger" just to keep their teams from abandoning the conferences, but it fails. Dark Horse Prediction: Oklahoma St makes a bold move somewhere and leaves the Big12. The Pac12 is on life support - teams are jumping overboard like they are in a boat that is on fire. ------------------ Oregon, Washington, Stanford, North Carolina to the Big10 Beavs, Wazzu to the Mtn West Az, Az St, Utah, Colorado to the Big12 Cal goes independent (for now) looking for a new home Pac12 is toast Clemson, Fla St, Miami to the SEC Nebraska rejoins the Big12 when Colorado comes over. So does Missouri. Big12 picks up some ACC teams in good southeastern TV markets. Big12 gets a good TV contract and also picks up SMU. SEC lets some teams leave as the bring on the football schools from the ACC.
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