Oregon has built a coaching tradition where the Ducks promote from within, and the new guy does better than the old. It has seemed simple, until now. Can Mark Helfrich improve on what Chip Kelly achieved?
Everything you thought you knew about urban college football programs in NFL markets does not apply to Washington. The insular nature of the Pacific Northwest has proved to be one of the Huskies' greatest assets.
It used to be that defense won championships. With two high-octane offenses in Auburn and Oregon, this year's BCS National Championship Game has parted ways with college football's long-held traditions.
With so much new blood playing in the BCS bowls, it's no surprise that there are more than a few unlikely matchups. From Oregon's new-school vibe against Auburn's down-home tradition on down, the BCS bowls feature culture clashes.