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How Oregon's Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota Break the Mold of Coach and QB

The Ducks' laid back, low key leadership a rarity
How Oregon's Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota Break the Mold of Coach and QB

Perhaps no team needed a coach or quarterback who can roll with the punches quite like Oregon.

 

While Ohio State has coped with injuries at the most visible position, Oregon has spent all season dealing with absences chipping away at its roster. The Ducks’ roster lost its first pieces in the preseason, and the trend continued into the week before the national championship game.

 

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Top 10 Games and Predictions

Can Virginia keep its undefeated record intact with a trip to Notre Dame?
College Basketball: Jan. 10-11 Weekend Preview and Predictions

This has been the week of close calls.

 

Since Jan. 3, Kentucky and Virginia have both needed an overtime game to preserve undefeated records. Duke needed a late rally against Wake Forest to preserve its unblemished record. And those are just the three remaining undefeated teams.

 

Ohio State, Iowa State and Kansas both needed some late heroics this week to pick up key conference wins.

 

That should be a clear sign that all the unpredictable results that come with conference play should be on the way in the coming weeks.

 

NFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Prediction: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Richard Sherman and the Seahawks’ defense have given up just three touchdowns in their last six games
NFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Prediction: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Two of the NFL’s hottest teams look to get one step closer to the Super Bowl when the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks meet in the NFC Divisional Round on Saturday night on FOX. The Panthers have won five in a row, including last week’s Wild Card victory at home over Arizona, while the Seahawks have rattled off six wins in a row.

 

AFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Prediction: Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots

Tom Brady is 12-3 at home in the playoffs during his career
AFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Prediction: Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots

Two of the AFC’s most successful franchises since 2000 are set to meet in the playoffs once again, as the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots square off in a Divisional Round matchup Saturday afternoon on NBC. The Ravens are looking to build off of the momentum stemming from last week’s 30-17 Wild Card win in Pittsburgh, while the AFC East champion Patriots hope home-field advantage will result in a return to the Super Bowl.

National Championship Game Position-by-Position Breakdown for Oregon vs. Ohio State

Which team has the edge on Monday night in Arlington?
National Championship Game Position-by-Position Breakdown for Oregon vs. Ohio State

College football’s four-team playoff concludes on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas when Ohio State and Oregon meet to decide the national championship. The Ducks are looking for their first title, while the Buckeyes are after their first national championship since 2002.

 

Oregon-Ohio State: National Championship Game Prop Bets and Predictions

Athlon Sports picks the title game ATS and other prop bets.
Oregon-Ohio State: National Championship Game Prop Bets and Predictions

Gambling is sports. It makes meaningless games infinitely more important to fans.

 

However, Monday night's national championship game doesn’t need any added juice to lure in viewers from other fan bases. All of college football will watch Oregon and Ohio State do battle.

 

Why This Will Be the Fastest Championship Game in College Football History

We know about the Ducks' tempo, but the Buckeyes are catching up
Why Ohio State-Oregon Will Be the Fastest Championship Game in College Football History

From three yards and a cloud of dust, as Woody Hayes might say, to three plays per minute.

 

Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but when Ohio State is in the conversation to be one of the fastest national champions in college football history, the message is clear: The hurry-up, no-huddle is as mainstream as can be.

 

If Oregon wins the national championship, the Ducks will be the most up-tempo team to win the national title since at least the BCS era.

 

That’s not a surprise to anyone who follows college football closely.

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