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Wednesday
Dec282011

Rose Bowl 2012: Oregon Ducks, Nike and Badgers

1.2.12 2.10pm pacific time


The new Nike Pro Combat gear will be featured in the 2012 Rose Bowl with the Oregon Ducks rocking all green unis. Without going into too much detail, let's just say words like "thermoregulation", "lightweight ultra-breathable", "armored", and "LiquidMetal" mean they will be bad ass. More descriptively, the re-designed numbers have an iridescent shine you might find when looking at a mallard’s feathers in the sunlight. The numbers are larger and change colors as the players move.

Courtesy NikeThe helmets feature chrome-like wings and use LiquidMetal for a mirrored black finish along with the iconic Oregon "O" and "Ducks" in the same silverish chrome. 

The January 2, 2012 "Granddaddy of Them All" Rose Bowl is not just about the 5th ranked Oregon Ducks however. The 10th ranked Wisconsin Badgers are also making the trip to Pasadena and their power offense is the yin to the Ducks yang. Where Oregon beats you with speed and athleticism, the Badgers goal is to run you over.

Both teams average about 45 points per game, which could lead to a 90 point Rose Bowl. Insane. Las Vegas currently has the Over/Under at 72 points, which seems quite low. Keep in mind though, Oregon has not looked great in it's last few bowl games. I see a high scoring game, yet think it will be something more like 35-30. Get your combat gear on. This is going to be fun.

Thursday
Dec012011

Pac-12 Takes Center Stage: NFL Thursday Night Football

The "Dream Team" Philadelphia Eagles take on the Seattle Seahawks tonight at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, a stadium known for being extremely loud.

One of the crown jewels of West Coast stadiums will be featured in prime-time, as well as 21 Pac-12 players and a coach. In all, the following schools represent WestSide Culture tonight: Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and USC. Additionally there two Mountain West schools in the mix with San Diego State and Boise State. (Blue turf, what what).

Take a look at the following names and tell me this is not impressive:

Desean Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, Cal Golden Bears teammates.ASU - Zach Miller

Cal - Desean Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Nnamdi Asomugha (Lynch, Jackson and Forsett were all on the same team, almost as dominant as when Dennis Erickson had Stephen Jackson, Chad OchoCinco Johnson and TJ Houshmandzadeh at Oregon State).

Stanford - Doug Baldwin

USC - Pete Carroll, Mike Williams, Steve Smith

Hey, in a game where two 4-7 teams take the field, you gotta' find something interesting to follow. Let's see if we can get the Pac-12 to outscore all the rest of college football tonight. I'll keep track for you. Give me the Pac-12 minus 7.

As a side note the soon to be fired head coach of the Eagles, Andy Reid, has some ties to the West Coast. Reid was born in Los Angeles, CA, attended BYU and coached at BYU, San Francisco State and Northern Arizona University. Reid also runs a modified version of the West Coast Offense.

Wednesday
Nov232011

Oregon State battles Oregon in the 2011 Civil War

Written by: Tina-Marie Garcia, Portland, Oregon

Image courtesy: NWSportsBeat.comThis week many people are looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here in Oregon, Turkey Day is often followed by the meeting of Oregon’s biggest rivalry, the Civil War. The Civil War is the annual football game between the University of Oregon and Oregon State, two Pac-12 schools that are less than 60 miles apart!
 
The state of Oregon loves when these two rivals meet. Seems like everyone is either a Duck or Beaver fan and this rivalry has yet to disappoint.

Back in 2008 Oregon State’s opportunity to go to the Rose Bowl was dependant on the Civil War win over Oregon. Oregon squashed that opportunity in a 65-38 victory over Oregon State. In 2009, the winner of the Civil War would go to the Rose Bowl. Oregon won 37-33. Then in 2010, a Civil War win would either give Oregon a spot in the BCS National championship or Oregon State an opportunity to compete in a bowl game. Oregon won 37-20, and continued on to the BCS National Championship.

So what’s at stake for the 2011 Civil War? For Oregon State, nothing really, they are going into the Civil War after a big win over University of Washington, but are 3-8 overall for the season. All chances for a bowl game gone. University of Oregon (9-2) dropped from #4 to #10 in the BCS ranking after last week’s lost to USC. While there is still a glimmer of hope for UO to make a BCS bowl, another loss could wipe out all hopes of a BCS bowl game.

Oregon is heavily favored going into this year’s Civil War, which takes place at University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium. They have all the weapons to squash a team like Oregon State, but Oregon State is going into this game knowing that if they defeat Oregon they’ve likely ruined Oregon’s chances of going to a BCS Bowl game.

I don’t think it’s likely that Oregon State will defeat the Ducks but, it’s not impossible. Cheers to a great rivalry and to what looks to be another exciting Civil War!

Thursday
Oct132011

Oregon Ducks v Arizona State Sun Devils: Pac-12 Championship Preview

First of all, let's just get it right out in the open. #1: ASU should be 6-0. They lost to Illinois. Lame. #2: I am a ASU alumni, so there may be a tad bit of biasness throughout this post. 

Arizona State (5-1) travels to Eugene, Oregon to take on the Ducks (4-1) at loud, boisterous, obnoxious, unpleasant, Autzen Stadium. I have family in Eugene, no doubt they will be at the game with their Duck gear on. I hope they go home disappointed, although it's more likely I will be wrong and they will go home winners.

The point spread on the game is 14 in favor of U of Oregon. While I do think Brock Osweiler and my Devils keep it close, I do not see them winning. Not in Eugene. UPDATE: I just checked the weather forecast and see that rain is scheduled. On second thought it might be a blow out in favor of Oregon.

Burfict isgood for at least one personal foul penalty/gameEither way I am super excited about this match-up. So many questions. Like, what retina-burning green uniforms will the Ducks wear? ASU has quite a few different uni combos, also designed by Nike, so I'm curious to see what they throw on. (I'm hoping for the all whites, with white helmets). 

With LeGarrett Blount having moved on to the NFL, who is most likely to throw a "sucker punch"? Answer: Vontaze Burfict.

Who will play better at quarterback? I'm going Osweiler.

Hotter cheerleaders? Duh. No brainer. ASU.

With Oregon's starting RB LaMichael James out, who will be their go-to-guy? Does it really matter? This is Oregn we're talking about. They have playmakers all over the field. Take your pick.

Who's defense will step up and make big plays? My guess: Oregon. And that will be the differnece.

Final Score: Arizona State Sun Devils 31, Oregon Ducks 35.

(Final Score where weather - namely rain - plays a major factor: ASU 20, Ducks 38).

One final prediction: This matchup be replayed later this season when the two teams faceoff on December 2nd, for the Pac-12 Championship game. Go Devils!

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