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  1. Oregon gets ready for winning the day, post-Marcus Mariota

    Ted Miller

    The media narrative was perfectly reasonable before Oregon squared off with Ohio State on Monday. This was Oregon's last chance with Marcus Mariota lining up behind center to win the school's first football national title. The Ducks had the best play...

    Blog | January 14, 2015
  2. Marcus Mariota can make case for greatest QB of all time

    Ted Miller

    In a new AT&T commercial, Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Doug Flutie and Herschel Walker, sitting around watching the new College Football Playoff on ESPN, try to tease Joe Montana about his not winning the bronze statue. Montana seems duly i...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  3. Ducks, Buckeyes hammer perceptions

    Ted Miller

    LOS ANGELES - Perception, that truth-y thing that often stands in for reality, was front and center during the buildup to the College Football Playoff semifinal matchups on Thursday. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talked about how "perce...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  4. Coaches in College Football Playoff have connections in common

    Ted Miller

    The four coaches leading teams in the College Football Playoff share connections, direct and indirect, that spiderweb through the coaching ranks, NFL as well as college.

    Story | Conversation | December 29, 2014
  5. Oregon Ducks Marcus Mariota can cement his legacy in the College ...

    Ted Miller

    Marcus Mariota is a decorated and celebrated figure at the University of Oregon. All that's missing from his resume is a national championship.

    Story | Conversation | December 28, 2014
  6. Ducks defense takes painful hit with loss of Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

    Ted Miller

    So much for Oregon, injury riddled much of the year, getting healthy for its Rose Bowl matchup with Florida State in the College Football Playoff. So much for the A-list matchup between Ducks All-American cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who injured his k...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  7. Greatest season in Pac-12 history? If Oregon wins it all

    Ted Miller

    If Oregon wins the inaugural College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 will cap the greatest season in its history, including iterations as the Pac-8 and Pac-10. Perhaps we should toss an "arguably" in there, particularly if the conference's seven other b...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  8. Stacking up Pac-12 for bowl season

    Ted Miller

    Oregon will get a crack at the national title as the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff opposite No. 3 Florida State, the defending national champions. Arizona earned a spot in the Vizio Fiesta Bowl against Boise State, which doesn't sound sc...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  9. Oregon not only Pac-12 team eyeing CFP

    Ted Miller

    The first rule of College Football Playoff is you talk about College Football Playoff. The second rule is you assume nothing. Well, that's completely wrong. The entire -- and endless! -- discussion involves projecting ahead, making assumptions abo...

    Blog | November 26, 2014
  10. Territorial Cup has hate and relevance

    Ted Miller

    What makes a great college football rivalry? Two things: 1. Passionate and legitimate ill will; 2. National relevance. Arizona and Arizona State have long had the former, with the bad feelings advancing beyond the typical state rivalry because of ...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  11. Jesus, girls, Marcus Mariota and Pac-12 South

    Ted Miller

    A great mystery has been lost amid the jocularity surrounding celebrity journalist and sixth-grader Charlie Pape's quizzing Oregon coach Mark Helfrich about the future of Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota. While we can all appreciate that top topics o...

    Blog | November 24, 2014
  12. Pac-12 dominates list of Polynesian stars

    Ted Miller

    With four entries, the Pac-12 dominates the list of five finalists for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The five finalists are Hawaii punter/wide receiver/punt returner Scott Harding, Washington linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, ...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  13. Year of 'Close' in Pac-12

    Ted Miller

    Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, nuclear war, slow dancing and becoming a billionaire. It only gets you wistful in college football. It certainly won't win a championship. And it can make you miserable. This is the "Year of Close" i...

    Blog | November 17, 2014
  14. Cody Kessler quietly becomes star QB

    Ted Miller

    LOS ANGELES -- Since the turn of the millennium, there has been no more celebrated spot in college football than quarterback at USC. It's produced two Heisman Trophy winners and household names pretty much every year, even after the NCAA kicked its j...

    Blog | November 13, 2014
  15. Mailbag: Better season for USC or UCLA?

    Ted Miller

    Happy Friday. Welcome to the mailbag. Follow me on Twitter. Please. To the notes. Oscar from Irwindale Calif., writes: At the beginning of the season expectations for UCLA where pretty similar to USC's 2012 high hopes. Fair or unfair USC als...

    Blog | November 07, 2014
  16. Oregon, Arizona State make their moves

    Ted Miller

    And just like that, we have Pac-12 clarity. Or potential clarity, which some fussbudgets might insist is nothing like clarity. After impressively exorcising its Stanford demons a day after All Hallows' Eve, Oregon owns a decisive lead in the Pac-1...

    Blog | November 03, 2014