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Oregon Ducks 2015 Spring Football Preview

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 2 days ago
For the second time in five seasons, Oregon came up 60 minutes short of a national championship. This time the Ducks have to rebuild without arguably the greatest player in the history of their program. Five starters are back on defense and seven are back on offense, but the loss of Marcus Mariota obviously cannot be understated. Mark Helfrich still might have the team to beat in the...

Early 2015 Heisman Betting Odds: Top Picks, Sleepers and Busts

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 1 day ago
The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in sports and gambling is a huge part of the game of football. Put them together and you get preseason odds for the coveted stiff-armed trophy. Bovada recently released an updated list of Heisman Trophy front-runners for 2015 and, for entertainment purposes only, we’ve offered up our unsolicited gambling advice.Remember, last year...

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: 2015 Pac-12 Early Preview

By Braden Gall, 3 weeks 4 days ago
 Hosts Braden Gall and Steven Lassan go in-depth with an early 2015 Pac-12 conference preview. Has the Pac-12 caught the SEC as the nation's best conference? Is the Pac-12 South the best division in football? Or is this league too tough to produce a playoff team in 2015? Is the State of Arizona or the City of Los Angeles better equipped to make a run at the Pac-12 South...

Pac-12 Football 2015 Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 day ago
Never before has scheduling been a bigger issue than the 2014 College Football Playoff. The committee clearly took a stance on Baylor’s weak non-conference matchups and it cost the Bears a chance at the national championship. That shouldn’t ever be the issue in the Pac-12 — also known as college football's second-best league. Most will point to the depth of...

Pac-12's Pre-Spring Top 15 Player Rankings for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
The 2015 Pac-12 season is shaping up to be another year filled of intrigue in both division races. Oregon is the favorite in the North, but the Ducks have question marks on both sides of the ball. And the expected replacement for quarterback Marcus Mariota – Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams – won’t arrive until this summer. In the South Division, five out of the six...

Oregon Designers Pay Tribute to Marcus Mariota with Visualized Trophy Case

By David Fox, 1 month 1 week ago
What does the trophy case look like for one of the most accomplished college football players of the last few years? Digital journalists Matt Walks and Carli Krueger visualized such a trophy case for former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who won a Heisman trophy, two Pac-12 titles and more in his three seasons as a starter. “He’s bound for the NFL now, but Carli...

Pac-12 North 2015 Spring Preview and Power Rankings

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 week ago
Spring practice is already underway for a handful of college football teams, and the offseason workouts and scrimmages provide the first glimpse of how all 128 teams will look in 2015. After claiming a Heisman Trophy and reaching the national championship game, the Oregon Ducks likely enter the season as the Pac-12 North Division favorites. But it's not nearly as clear-cut as years...

Ranking the Pac-12's Football Rosters for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Recruiting rankings matter. They are not a guarantee of future success but they are the foundation every national championship has been built upon. It takes great coaching, development and luck to win a title, but having better players is the only way to start. In fact, the data backing up the value of recruiting rankings is impenetrable. For example, look at last year’s rosters...

Pac-12 Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

By Braden Gall, 2 months 5 days ago
Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the Pac-12 consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned: Continued growth out WestAfter the hire of Larry Scott to be commissioner, the Pac-12 has experienced remarkable growth and success. The hiring of elite coaches...

Eastern Washington QB Adams to transfer to Oregon

By The Sports Network, 2 months 1 week ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The complexion of the 2015 FCS season changed greatly on Monday. Perhaps the FBS season did as well. Eastern Washington University quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., the runner-up each of the past two seasons for the Walter Payton Award which honors the FCS player of the year, announced on social media his plan to accept a scholarship from the University of Oregon later...