2020 Pac-12 Championship Prediction: Oregon vs Arizona State

Ryan Robertson Editorials 70 Comments

The college football season kicks off in 240 some-odd days, but it is never too early to start looking ahead! After a breakout 2019 season, the Ducks are the odds-on favorite to win the conference again in 2020. While there is strong reason to believe they can repeat as conference champions in 2020, nothing is certain. The Ducks should win …

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A Look into the Ducks’ Crystal Ball for 2020

Steven Smith Editorials 55 Comments

WOW… This past season brought us a 12-2 record, a Pac-12 Championship and a Rose Bowl ring. Two years into his tenure, coach Mario Cristobal has a 21-7 record and two outstanding recruiting classes. One could say he’s developing Oregon into “U$C North.” But with football still eight months away and expectations sky high for next season, let’s ask the …

State of the Pac-12: Women Ball Too; The Ducks Are Flying High

Cameron Johansson Editorials 26 Comments

In a busy week of sports, we saw a weekend full of exciting NFL playoff games, LSU claimed the national football championship and Duke basketball had a rare loss in an ACC matchup against unranked Clemson. After the College Football National Championship Game, the Associated Press released their end of the season polls. The Ducks finished at number five, and …

“Roller Coaster” Arroyo Saves His Best For Last

Mike West Analysis 84 Comments

Oregon’s now-former offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo took us on a bit of roller coaster ride this year.  While his offensive play-calling was at times boring and predictable, at others it looped and zoomed with the excitement of a Disneyland thrill ride. Extending his tenure to coach the Rose Bowl game, Arroyo came California Screamin’ out of the chute, engineering a …

Oregon Owes Mark Helfrich an Apology

Jordan Ingram Editorials 110 Comments

Oregon fans owe Mark Helfrich an apology. I can still remember the rumblings of frustrated Oregon Football fans on Twitter after the 2016 campaign ended with a dismal 4-8 record (2-7 in Pac-12) to finish dead last in the North Division. For many, the answer was simple: #FireHelfrich. Admittedly, I was frustrated as well. In four years as head coach, …

It Doesn’t Matter Who Cristobal Hires as the Next OC

Darren Perkins Editorials 167 Comments

That’s right, it doesn’t. Mario Cristobal could hire a young reincarnation of Sean Payton, Lincoln Riley or Bill Walsh. Ya know, hire the next offensive “genius.” But, if that chosen one is only allowed to coach with one hand tied behind his back, then, it doesn’t matter. Oregon will not become elite. Oregon will not win a National Championship. It’s time …

How Will History Remember this 2020 Oregon Rose Bowl Win?

Brian Libby Editorials 28 Comments

My friends, on Mario Cristobal‘s coffee table in his office in the Mo Center is a big book about Oregon football history that was written by Brian Libby, a professional writer who contributes a guest article from time to time to FishDuck.com. He gives us a perspective that few can, with his incredible knowledge of Our Beloved Ducks. He is …

Oregon Men’s Basketball Still Finding Its Footing

Alex Nordstrand Editorials 53 Comments

Dana Altman has always been known for his motion offense, and his matchup zone defense. However, this season the Ducks are not employing as much of those schemes as they have in years past. The main reason for this is personnel. Installing an offense and defense can be difficult with nine new players. Offensively, Altman’s scheme is typically a four …

Analysis: How Oregon’s Zone Read Won the Rose Bowl

Jeremy Mosier Analysis, Analysis Library 56 Comments

Oregon’s “smash mouth” offense was put to the test in the 2020 Rose Bowl. The Ducks produced only 204 yards of total offense due to Wisconsin aligning one or two more defenders than Oregon could block when running the inside and outside zone read. Yet Oregon was able to adjust the assignment of one player in the backfield, producing all …