Football

National Championship: Ohio State’s agressive defense looks forward to playing Oregon

By on Monday, Jan. 12 at 3:22 pm.

ARLINGTON, Texas – Ohio State safety Vonn Bell is familiar with the idea of photographic memory. When looking at Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, however, he sees something special about the Heisman quarterback with a Canon for an eye. “I think he takes a picture before the play and he knows how to read defenses,” Bell […]


Pregame notes: Oregon and Ohio State clash in inaugural College Football Playoff final

By on Monday, Jan. 12 at 3:12 pm.

ARLINGTON, Texas – We’re finally at a point in the season where a victor will be crowned. It’s the first year of the College Football Playoff, and either Oregon or Ohio State are set to become the first national champion that had to play 15 games to get there. The date – Jan. 12 – also marks the […]


National Championship links: Storylines to watch heading into Oregon vs. Ohio State

By on Monday, Jan. 12 at 11:33 pm.

DALLAS, Texas – Good morning, y’all. The first-ever College Football Playoff is mere hours away from crowning its first champion. Before the game kicks off at 5:30 p.m., catch up with all the pregame storylines from Emerald reporters Hayden Kim, Joseph Hoyt and Justin Wise. – The Heisman winner vs. the third stringer: Marcus Mariota and […]


GameDay Q&A: Jason Shender an Oregon fan/graduate going to graduate school at Ohio State

By on Monday, Jan. 12 at 9:08 am.

Ohio State University graduate student Jason Shender is a rare commodity in Colmbus, Ohio right now. He drives a car with an Oregon “O” sticker on the back, he still has a black Casey Matthews jersey and he can still remember, vividly, the streets of Eugene after the Ducks lost to Auburn in the 2011 […]


National Championship: Offensive scout team has been an integral part of successful Oregon defense

By on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 10:46 pm.

DALLAS, Texas – After arguably his defense’s best performance of the season in a 59-20 domination of Florida State, defensive backs coach John Neal took a moment to highlight an unheralded group of players. “Our scout team in practice is phenomenal,” Neal said, slowing down his tone to emphasize the point. “They’re not okay, they’re […]


Oregon’s mantra of “trusting the process” has helped lead them to the national championship

By on Monday, Jan. 12 at 10:04 am.

DALLAS, Texas – It hasn’t been embroidered on a Nike t-shirt and you can’t find it painted on the walls of Autzen Stadium. But this season, Oregon’s calling card hasn’t been the usual “Win the Day” or “Fast, Hard, Finish” program staples. Instead, the key phrase for the 2014 Oregon Ducks has been to “trust the […]


National Championship Roundtable: Predictions & analysis ahead of CFP Final

By on Monday, Jan. 12 at 10:56 am.

It’s game day and finally, a national champion in college football will be crowned. With that, Sports Editor Justin Wise and Associate Sports Editors Joseph Hoyt and Hayden Kim breakdown the game between Oregon and Ohio State, offering insights and predictions.  How much of an impact will the loss of Darren Carrington play on the […]


Q&A: Former Oregon/Ohio State Athletic Director Rick Bay will be rooting for both schools in championship game

By on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 2:24 pm.

Rick Bay remembers being the athletic director at the University of Oregon when Rich Brooks was the head football coach. The  budget was less than $7 million. He also remembers holding the same position at Ohio State when Urban Meyer was a football graduate assistant with what was then, one of the largest budgets at […]


Countdown to the National Championship: Battle up front highlights the match-ups to watch

By on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 7:53 am.

There are many storylines surrounding Oregon and Ohio State’s matchup. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to two teams competing against each other in Arlington, Texas. From stars like Oregon’s quarterback Marcus Mariota and junior defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to Ohio State’s sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones and sophomore running back Ezekiel […]


Countdown to the National Championship: How Oregon and Ohio State’s running backs stack up

By on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 8:37 am.

In the days leading up to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, the Emerald will take a unit-by-unit look at Oregon and Ohio State, determining which team has the edge going into the showdown on Jan. 12 in Dallas. Today, we’ll look at each team’s running backs. Oregon If it weren’t for Heisman winner […]


1939 to 2015: Oregon and Ohio State meet with a championship on the line again

By on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 10:29 am.

DALLAS, Texas – Terry Frei knew that it was a possibility, however the likelihood appeared slim. After all, Ohio State barely snuck into the inaugural College Football Playoff and was facing No. 1 ranked Alabama. Oregon’s chances to move onto the final were more logical, and it’s 59-20 win over Florida State proved it. But as the night […]


Countdown to the National Championship: Marcus Mariota vs. Cardale Jones

By on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 12:42 pm.

In the days leading up to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, the Emerald will take a unit-by-unit look at Oregon and Ohio State, determining which team has the edge going into the showdown on Jan. 12 in Dallas. Today, we’ll look at each team’s starting quarterbacks. The Heisman trophy winner versus the third-string […]


National Championship: Dior Mathis – a look at Oregon’s ‘hype man’

By on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 10:18 am.

DALLAS, Texas – Moments before a game starts, redshirt senior defensive back Dior Mathis will start to clap his hands. He’ll subsequently move into the center of a circle, surrounded by his teammates, and the rest of them will begin to clap in unison. Then, Mathis breaks from his regularly soft-spoken and vibrant character. “How y’all […]


Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen: ‘I’m 20 years old. I’m young. I’ll come back from rehab’

By on Monday, Jan. 12 at 11:36 pm.

DALLAS, Texas – Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen was sitting at a table, wearing his white No. 5 jersey, at the Dallas Convention Center on Saturday morning. Ten days earlier, Allen was being rolled out of the Rose Bowl – he was injured on the opening kickoff against Florida State. Allen will not play in […]


Ayele Forde suspended for failed drug test

By on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 12:30 pm.

Dallas, Texas – Mark Helfrich confirmed that backup running back Ayele Ford had failed an NCAA conducted drug test at Media Day. Just like Darren Carrington, Ford was recently suspended for violating NCAA policies regarding drug use and did not travel with the team to Texas. Helfrich did not however, disclose which substance Ford was tested […]


Raw video: Mark Helfrich addresses Darren Carrington’s suspension at Media Day

By on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 11:45 am.

Oregon’s standout wide receiver Darren Carrington was recently suspended for failing an NCAA ran drug test after testing positive for marijuana. Mark Helfrich addressed the matter to the media at Media Day, two days prior to the inaugural College Football Playoff title game between the Ducks and Buckeyes. Follow Hayden Kim on Twitter @HayDayKim