LaMichael James is leaving the Ducks for the bucks. The Oregon all-purpose running back is skipping his senior season for the NFL draft.
During his press conference on Friday, James indicated that he was told he will likely go in the third round. His relatively diminutive size (5′ 9″, 195 pounds) is the likely reason he will not be a first-rounder. But it is his speed combined with agility and a seemingly innate talent to break tackles that will bring a lucrative pay day.
Some people like their football in certain ways. Just like they like their grits, iced tea, and, well anything else that folks are particular about. Traditionalists, and there are many, eschew games like we saw today — the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl. Those same people are the ones who get downright giddy over a 9-to-6-in-overtime game of the century, and at the same time find absolutely no joy in the recent Alamo Bowl that featured 1,397 yards of total offense, 123 points scored, 17 touchdowns, and a newly-crowned Heisman Trophy winner. Two ends of a very long spectrum, no doubt. But it is hard to understand how college football fans could not be enamored with the drama of this evening’s double-header of New Years Day (plus one) bowl games.
There is no debate about who are the best two teams in the land. And, there is no debate about who is the best college football player in the land.
Auburn vs South Carolina in Atlanta for the SEC Championship game, and Oregon vs Oregon State in The Civil War clash in Corvallis.
Read what happened, as it happened, as the Ducks and Tigers took their final step in anticipation of facing each other for glory.
Oregon 48 Tennessee 13
11 Sep 2010 | Neyland Stadium | 102,035Recap | Boxscore | Play-by-play | Drive Chart
With 8:53 left in the first quarter, a good old-fashioned late-summer thunderstorm unleashed its sound and fury. That was just after the Vols and their fans in a floodlit Neyland Stadium unleashed their own sound and fury to ruffle the Ducks’s feathers for a quick 6-0 lead. One hour and 10 minutes later, following a mandated safety break due to lightening, the sound and fury of Vol football in the house that a General built resumed in front of a full-throated Volunteer party that reached its apex with the Vols ahead 13-3 just after the first quarter break.
Oregon vs. Tennessee | 11 Sep 2010 | Neyland Stadium
7:00pm EDT | ESPN2 and ESPN3.comI’ve been looking forward to this one for some time, as I love intersectional games. One of the most exciting, dynamic football programs comes to Knoxville Saturday night as the defending Pac-10 champions, ranked #7 in the AP poll (#8 in the Coaches’ poll). This year’s starting squad brings 17 out of 22 back from last season. More than relying on just experience, the Ducks kill their prey with speed and physical play within a very disciplined construct on both sides of the ball, including special teams. They are simply very, very good in every facet of the game. Read More…
Last week, Oregon defeated New Mexico 72-0, and Tennessee defeated UT-Martin 50-0. That’s a combined 122-0. What do you say we combine teams and go to LA and whip the livin’ cheatin’ out of Southern Cal? We’d both like to do it for our own causes if you know what I’m talking about.
Anybody who has been watching college football over the past decade knows the Oregon Ducks. They have been one of the game’s most entertaining teams to watch, from the high powered offenses to those quirky uniforms (more on that at the end of this post). By their visibility you would think their program has been in the upper echelon for a long time.
There’s a lot going on right now with bowl committees unashamedly sitting in their thrones to see who will grovel the lowest and get down the dirtest. That’s what the first week of December has come to when you have six SEC teams with 7-5 records.
So today I thought we’d talk about something more interesting: Football.
The biggest game to be played in the Pac 10, arguably the most exciting conference in the NCAA this year.
The Civil War, Oregon Style
The Civil War is the local name for the seventh-oldest college football rivalry game: Oregon-Oregon State. The first game was played in 1894 and Oregon has the hold on the series with a 56-46-10 record. From 1997 through 2006, the winner was the home team – this streak was snapped two years ago when OSU beat Oregon in Eugene, and then last season, the Ducks beat the Beavers in Corvallis. Read More…