The final chapter of a new era in college football will be written Monday night in Arlington, Texas. The first year of the College Football Playoff will come to a close with Pac-12 champion Oregon squaring off against Big Ten champion Ohio State with the first, truly definitive, outright national championship on the line in the history of major college football.
Marcus Mariota has won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first Oregon player to earn college football’s top individual honor.
It took the streaking Oregon Ducks a good while to put last-place Southern California away on Saturday. They finally did so because of their defense.
Joseph Young scored 26 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime, and Oregon outlasted short-handed UCLA 87-83 Thursday night.
“They just came out and really punched us in the mouth,” Byron Wesley said.
Tyler Gaffney ran for 157 yards and No. 6 Stanford hammered No. 2 Oregon for three quarters, then held off a furious final kick by the Ducks to crush their national title hopes for a second straight season, this time with a 26-20 victory Thursday night.
Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime and No. 14 Stanford upset No. 1 Oregon 17-14, denying the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North and derailing their straight shot at the BCS championship game.
Travel 850 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles, primarily along I-5, and you will stumble on one of college football’s top programs, the University of Oregon.
The NCAA is alleging Oregon violated the organization’s regulations in the way it used recruiting services over the past four years.
Could the Oregon Ducks be losing their head coach to the NFL? According to multiple reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have offered their vacant head coaching job to Chip Kelly.
E.J. Singler scored a career-high 26 points and Oregon rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat UCLA 75-68 on Saturday.
LaMichael James ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns and No. 8 Oregon beat UCLA 49-31 in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game Friday night for the Ducks’ third straight conference title and a likely berth in the Rose Bowl.
When the raw emotion from UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel’s firing began to settle in Westwood, the Bruins realized they’ve still got one or two games to play this season.
Following the lead of pragmatic coach Chip Kelly, the Oregon Ducks quickly put their loss to USC behind them and looked forward to the finale against Oregon State.
After a decisive victory over a fellow top-10 team, Oregon might have more than the inaugural Pac-12 championship on its mind.