Football

College Football Playoff: A case for the National Championship

By on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 2:43 pm.

With the College Football Playoff, a lot of excitement is expected to ensue on New Year’s Day. The Emerald reached out to the student newspapers from Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State asking for the case as to why their respective university will win the National Championship. The Case for Oregon By Justin Wise, Emerald […]


Top defensive end recruit Josh Sweat commits to Florida State over Oregon

By on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7:53 am.

Florida State picked up a huge victory over Oregon Wednesday morning. Josh Sweat (Oscar Smith High School – Chesapeake, Virginia), the No. 1 defensive end recruit, and the No. 6 player overall (247Sports) in the nation, announced a verbal commitment to Florida State. He chose the Seminoles over the Ducks, Ohio State, Georgia and Virginia […]


Marcus Mariota announced as 2014 Heisman Trophy finalist

By on Monday, Dec. 8 at 6:34 pm.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s day began with him being announced as the Jonny Unitas Golden Arm award winner. It now ends with him being named as one of three finalists for the 2014 Heisman Trophy. Mariota, who led the second-ranked Ducks to the Pac-12 Championship on Friday and a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff, […]


No. 2 Oregon to face No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl

By on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11:13 am.

Oregon is heading to the College Football Playoff. The College Football Playoff committee announced that the No. 2 Ducks will play against No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl. The Seminoles were the only team in the top-four that finished undefeated. Florida State finished 29th in points (34.8) and 30th in points scored against […]


Oregon defense flips script, plays ‘best game’ of season in dominant fashion

By on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11:40 am.

It was a different kind of experience for Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez in the post-game press conference. Following a performance in which his offense could never find its footing, Rodriguez was put in the awkward position of answering questions about a game in which nothing could go right offensively. “It wasn’t a good night,” […]


Pac-12 championship: Charles Nelson showcases what it means to be a ‘gradual evolution’

By on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 12:42 am.

Charles Nelson may not have scored, but he did just about everything else to help Oregon win the Pac-12 title. Nelson, a freshman wide receiver from Dayton Beach, Florida, finished with 148 total yards, and at times, looked like the best player on the field. For a player that was virtually unknown to the public eye […]


Pac-12 championship: Oregon ‘ready’ for Playoff, Mariota seals Heisman

By on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 12:35 am.

SANTA CLARA – It was a party at Levi’s Stadium, as Oregon was crowned Pac-12 champions following its 51-13 statement win against Arizona. Hugs were given. Tears were shed. Roses were carried in mouths. Confetti was blown. “We Dem Boyz” by Wiz Khalifa was being blasted in the locker room. Even Darren Carrington was shooting footage […]


Marcus Mariota’s five touchdowns lead way in Oregon’s 51-13 rout of Arizona

By on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 12:34 pm.

According to the way the script wrote itself in October, Arizona had dashed Oregon’s College Football Playoff chances. In a 31-24 upset of the Ducks at Autzen Stadium, a variety of weaknesses were exposed and plenty of questions were abound. Two months later, any doubt about this team’s ability has been dismissed. Behind Marcus Mariota’s 346 […]


Rapid Reaction: Oregon cruises to 51-13 win, takes home Pac-12 Championship

By on Friday, Dec. 5 at 10:07 pm.

The script was flipped. Thanks to a dominant performance from the Oregon defense to add onto the torrid pace that Marcus Mariota continued, the Ducks defeated Arizona 51-13 to win the Pac-12 Championship. Mariota finished 25-of-38 for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Mariota also rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. On […]


Social Media Reacts to the Pac-12 Championship (First Half)

By on Friday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 pm.

Arizona has taken down the Ducks in their past two match-ups, but can they make it three in-a-row tonight for the Pac-12 championship? Oregon and Arizona face off at Levi Stadium with playoff implications. See how social media reacts to all of the game’s events [<a href="//storify.com/Chrisjones_UO/social-media-reacts-to-the-pac-12-championship-fir" target="_blank">View the story "Social Media Reacts to the […]


Raw video: Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott gives opening statement for title game

By on Friday, Dec. 5 at 5:10 pm.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott was available to the media prior to kickoff at Levi’s Stadium for this year’s conference championship game. Scott, who feels like the conference is at its best, emphasized the depth and strength in schedule of the Pac-12 as the winner of the Oregon-Arizona game presumably receives a bid to the angular college […]