Mike Wines of Oregon Duck Soup featured this video today from Dan Rubenstein of SB Nation, in which the veteran columnist gives his 3 reasons why Oregon vs. Texas from the Alamodome will be compelling college football:
Three more reasons:
1. Marcus Mariota
The former Heisman frontrunner, recently announcing he's returning for his junior year, is finally healthy, able to show off the dual-threat ability that made him college football's most dangerous quarterback. He's liable to break loose with a huge game. Mariota was MVP of the Fiesta Bowl as a redshirt freshman. With both legs under him, watch out.
2. Thomas Tyner
Fresh off a career-best game in the Civil War in which he carried 22 times for 140 yards, including a 40-yard run on his first carry, a 13-yard td run and a 24-yard burst on 3rd and 13 in the fourth quarter, Tyner is fully unleashed at the end of a solid freshman season (Scott Olmos, USA Today Sports Images).
With the bowl game to go he has 689 yards, 9 tds, 6.3 yards per carry, while running mate Byron Marshall, who missed the Civil War with an injury, closes in on a 1,000-yard season, 995 yards and 6.4 a carry. The Longhorns allowed 550 rushing yards to BYU's spread offense early in the year, and 221 to injury-riddled Baylor and the Bears spread attack in their last game.
3. Josh Huff and Bralon Addison
The Texas twosome paced the Oregon receivers this year with consistent, clutch play, and Huff is challenging Oregon's all-time marks for yards and tds in a season.
Playing before family and friends in their home state, the two are likely to put on a show, and Addison could join Huff as a 1,000-yard receiver with a big day:
|Josh Huff||57||1036||18.2||65 (TD)||11|
|Bralon Addison||56||842||15.0||75 (TD)||7|
It puzzles me that such a really good, and exciting to watch, team have such apathetic fans? We're always outnumbered at bowl games. I remember the Rose Bowl game where it looked like 3/4 of the crowd was wearing red. It's too bad fans can prevent the team from going to the really good bowl game. Are tie ins and fan support going to play into the selection committee's decisions?
I'm just venting because I think the Ducks got screwed, again. DAT and Huff's comments shouldn't have been misinterpreted and blown way out of scale by the national media. I don't blame DAT and Huff, I blame the national media for seemingly looking for ways to always discredit the Ducks.
Oregon should win by 21 or more points. Total mismatch. I believe Huff and DAT's Rose Bowl comments played a pivotal role in us not getting into the Sugar Bowl. We had a higher BCS rating, the television rating would have been second only to the NC, the Big 12 contract doesn't start until next year, our schedule was rated the 50th toughest, Oklahoma's was 55th toughest, we are as big a national brand as Oklahoma right now, we have a much better recent BCS bowl resume, we have much more famous, and exciting, players nationally (one made the cover of SI for Oregon, none for Oklahoma). I believe the Sugar Bowl didn't like the way we spurned the Rose Bowl and our negativity cost us a spot. The bowls stick together. Oregon is the only at large team that didn't make a BCS bowl.
Sounds like a good game, and with Mariota, Marshall, and Thomas healthy look out Oregon will put up some points. Go Ducks.
Marshall told reporters today after practice that he would be playing, for certain. Needs just 5 yards to complete a 1,000-yard season.
@duckified Understand your frustration, but Oklahoma and Clemson's selections by bowl organizers had more to do with conference tie-ins (Orange with the ACC, the Sugar with Big-12 vs SEC beginning next year and the way the teams travel. The Ducks didn't sell out their 17,500 allotment to the Fiesta Bowl last year, and have yet to completely sell out a 9,000-seat allotment for the Valero Alamo Bowl. It came down to money, and UO's case over OU became even stronger when they ended the season with a win over #6 Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
@duckified @duckified All true, and a real pisser. A healthy MM and a month to fix things on D likely makes the Ducks a top 5 level team again. Unfortunately the Ducks ended the season on a 3-4 week down where the Sooners ended up beating #6 OkSt handily. Plus their fans are closer to the bowl site and traditionally travel well, better than Ducks fans. This Alamo game could be a good one, and pivotal for Helfrich and the team.
GNK--Ducks will have their full complement of weapons, and the Longhorns have about eight players who are out for the season, including #1 quarterback David Ash and their top linebacker. Mack Brown is one of those sneaky-good motivators, however, 7-1 in bowl games over the last nine years, with his only loss coming in the 2009-10 National Championship. If he's allowed to he will coach his socks off in this game, wanting to go out on his own terms.
A fair question. The comments WERE blown up in the national media and became part of a perception of the Ducks as soft and entitled, but the bowl placement had more to do with money and bowl tie-ins.
Other than his spread prediction, everything he's saying is true based on what I've been reading. And who is he pointing at?
@Dale Newton The fourth reason to watch is the status of Mark Helfrich. A loss will mean a lost season for Oregon and put Helfrich firmly on a hot seat and could impact recruiting.