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Alamo Bowl Gameday Thread: Why It Matters for Oregon

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     Great take Joshua.  How teams respond in a final game to the disappointment in both season outcome and a sense of betrayal is never easy to predict . However, pride will play a big role. But in that, you can perceive a difference between the two schools.

 

      Bob Stoops’ temporary return seems to be more that of a therapist for a fragile ego than a coach moving a team past the pain and forward. His message appears to be to circle the wagons in pride in the past.

     Oregon as a program has been down this road before and has a history of knowing you only get past that pain by going right at it, and moving past it. Have we learned that lesson yet? 

 

     That’s why you play the game.

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On 12/29/2021 at 8:46 AM, Jester said:

 

You're absolutely right, Mudslide, and I ought to know better!  Do you Bitcoin, PayPal, or straight-up cash as payment? 

We haven't had our whole hour yet!  ....  And don't forget, there is always women's volleyball to watch.  'Tis strangely calming.

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On 12/29/2021 at 12:03 PM, Mudslide said:

We haven't had our whole hour yet!

As a former attorney, I advise you to round up and retire earlier than me!

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Always a treat to read one of your articles Joshua, thank you. I do think the OK players will stand up and put out for the legendary Bob Stoops. Bob is an interim coach but one with far more 'presence' than the part-timer coaching Oregon. So, will the OR players have the competitive juice to show up and play hard in this game? I am uncertain because in 2 or Oregon's last 3 games I saw little to no leadership on the sidelines or on the field. I am concerned about the guys who are practice no shows and why we have received no explanation regarding their absence; I hope this is not affecting the team's will to win?

 

The best player on the field will be Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams. Mainly due to opt outs OK is missing lots of starters. But looking ahead to 2022, OK's QB will be one of the top 3 in the country coming into next season. It is hard to win any football game. Harder when the opponent has a material advantage at the all important QB position. Oregon has by  far a better OOC win in 2021 than does OK. But OK played in a top to bottom conference far more difficult than the Pac-12. There is no reason to believe Oregon can win this game, which is why the Ducks, if the team truly feels disrespected, could win this game.

 

Win the game? Great. But please at least show up, ball out for 60 minutes and do not quit.

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On 12/29/2021 at 9:56 AM, Notalot said:

UO v OU is an epic and anticipated matchup anytime. Slotted in TV prime time on a slow sports night the game will be watched coast to coast. What better time is there for the Ducks to prove that the win over the Buckeyes in the Shoe was deserved?
 

I would like to see the O-line push the Oklahoma defense with Dye passing 150 yards rushing and Cardwell adding 100 more.

 

It will be great if the defense can plug the LOS and play a pressing pass defense taking away the first six yards that the Ducks opponents feasted on throughout the season. 
 

No guts no glory. No balls no blue chips. Go Ducks.

 

It's slotted after this grey beard's bed time! I plan on taking a nap to make it through a game that will KO close to 9:30 eastern and finish on Thursday.

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On 12/29/2021 at 10:45 AM, HappyToBeADuck said:

Joshua, once again, thanks for taking the time to give us this article. 

 

You are spot on that future recruits will be tuning into this game. It's the first matchup between high powered  national brands this bowl season. Team enthusiasm and performance matter.

 

Recruits from the PAC, BIG 12 and future BIG 12 teams, IMHO, will be watching. After all, these 2 National brands represent conferences that these youngsters will be living and playing in for the next 3-6 years.

 

What am I looking for tonight?

 

What future Duck leaders will emerge during this game from the young players?

 

With only 8 upper classesmen potentially tonight. This game is about the future.

 

Would like to see some of that future play tonight. Even if execution is lacking, would like to see great effort........

 

Go Ducks. Not enough info to really pick a winner either way.

 

Oklahoma? Don't forget that SEC recruits will also be watching.

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On 12/29/2021 at 12:01 PM, LADuck said:

I would like to see AB have a great game and lead the Ducks to a win. Always liked this quote from John Wooden:

 

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

 

From watching AB play and listening to various interviews I believe he is giving his all for his team. His teammates seem to agree and in my book if he is doing the best he is capable of he is a winner. He has taken a lot of heat and it would be nice to see him finish strong.

 

Great take. John also recruited some pretty good players, no?

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On 12/29/2021 at 3:15 PM, Steven A said:

As a former attorney, I advise you to round up and retire earlier than me!

 

Former attorney? 'You just made the list buddy!'

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Okay, I know it's hard to get too excited about the Ducks playing in the Alamo Bowl. But take a moment and consider what it's like for Clemson fans. They're used to seeing the Tigers in the CFP.  Tonight, Clemson is playing in the Cheez-it Bowl.

 

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I know I'm not the only one who's excited to see some young players step up in the wake of the transfers and opt outs. I think this will be a great look into the future of our receiving corps. So much talent at that position, both WR and TE.

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On 12/29/2021 at 4:14 PM, Jon Joseph said:

Always a treat to read one of your articles Joshua, thank you. I do think the OK players will stand up and put out for the legendary Bob Stoops. Bob is an interim coach but one with far more 'presence' than the part-timer coaching Oregon. So, will the OR players have the competitive juice to show up and play hard in this game? I am uncertain because in 2 or Oregon's last 3 games I saw little to no leadership on the sidelines or on the field. I am concerned about the guys who are practice no shows and why we have received no explanation regarding their absence; I hope this is not affecting the team's will to win?

 

The best player on the field will be Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams. Mainly due to opt outs OK is missing lots of starters. But looking ahead to 2022, OK's QB will be one of the top 3 in the country coming into next season. It is hard to win any football game. Harder when the opponent has a material advantage at the all important QB position. Oregon has by  far a better OOC win in 2021 than does OK. But OK played in a top to bottom conference far more difficult than the Pac-12. There is no reason to believe Oregon can win this game, which is why the Ducks, if the team truly feels disrespected, could win this game.

 

Win the game? Great. But please at least show up, ball out for 60 minutes and do not quit.

I sure am hoping this game does not become a 3-hour Heisman campaign for Williams ...

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On 12/29/2021 at 11:46 AM, Duck1984 said:

Does anybody believe things have changed so much that we will see the Ducks play loose on offense?  Or that things have improved enough that we will play tight on defense?
 

The strengths of the remaining team are on the O-line and in the backfield.  Our QB is a runner.  Unless our young receivers become great downfield blockers, the Ducks may have trouble scoring.

 

A major weakness is our secondary.  We will get beat if we press on defense, which leaves slants and underneath crossing routes open.  We will likely see continued soft coverage and prevent D.
 

A winning game plan is to run to control the clock, and play prevent D outside the 10 yard line.  This game may not be as fun to watch as I would like, but I will watch anyway.

I think our offense will be just fine crazily enough. I'm pretty concerned about our defense this game, though.

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On 12/29/2021 at 9:12 AM, Haywarduck said:

I want to be clear, I have already said my good byes to the Cristobal era, it's over.

 

 What are you looking for in tonight’s matchup, as we say goodbye to the Cristobal regime and move towards a new era of Oregon football?

 

The new era is on the bench, but I want to see execution and some trick plays. I have seen Moorhead get creative in the past, and I would like to see Joe give us a show. That would bring in the new era very nicely. 

 

As has been stated, if I see too many 3 and outs, with predictable play calling I may just turn off the tv, and wait until next year to see the new era. If it really does look like Cristoball, then I won't watch.

 

I hope the student athletes get to have fun, and play to their potential, if so it will be a good game.

I would absolutely love to see Moorhead empty his bag of tricks. I'm sure he's got some really cool plays drawn up that he's been sitting on.

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On 12/29/2021 at 9:56 AM, Notalot said:

UO v OU is an epic and anticipated matchup anytime. Slotted in TV prime time on a slow sports night the game will be watched coast to coast. What better time is there for the Ducks to prove that the win over the Buckeyes in the Shoe was deserved?
 

I would like to see the O-line push the Oklahoma defense with Dye passing 150 yards rushing and Cardwell adding 100 more.

 

It will be great if the defense can plug the LOS and play a pressing pass defense taking away the first six yards that the Ducks opponents feasted on throughout the season. 
 

No guts no glory. No balls no blue chips. Go Ducks.

Perfectly said. Honestly, what an absolutely cool matchup. I wasn't too bummed when we lost the Pac-12 Championship because I knew this game would be our consolation prize, and I think it's a pretty cool one!

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On 12/29/2021 at 10:33 AM, Steven A said:

"Sure, Cristobal was one of the more impactful figures in recent memory for the Ducks, and his individual skill set can’t be replicated."

 

Yes, Mario was impactful and he did leave the program better than he found it for which I am happy.  So, I'm assuming the "skill set" you are referring to is recruiting.  Otherwise, the only other skill set of his we want to keep is his work ethic (the non-I'm-outta-of-here ethic).

 

I think we'll know in early February how good Lanning is at trying to duplicate the recruiting success and if he can, then we won't miss MC at all.

 

However, I am pessimistic about both a good game out of the Ducks and a W as I'm afraid we will see another Utonian effort.  I can only hope OU duplicates that type of effort, then we'll have a game.  

Yeah, I think Cristobal had a bunch of good qualities. He was a strong leader, hired really good coaches, had an infectious personality and as you said, was a relentless worker. I think we'd be fortunate to have those traits in another head coach. Of course he wasn't perfect, and ideally Lanning can learn from what Cristobal did well and improve upon what he didn't.

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On 12/29/2021 at 4:43 PM, Joshua Whitted said:

Yeah, I think Cristobal had a bunch of good qualities. He was a strong leader, hired really good coaches, had an infectious personality and as you said, was a relentless worker. I think we'd be fortunate to have those traits in another head coach. Of course he wasn't perfect, and ideally Lanning can learn from what Cristobal did well and improve upon what he didn't.

AMEN, ONWARD AND UPWARD!

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Let's hope the defense plays well and keeps us in the game!

 

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A stop on the first 3rd and long!

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Oof, Donte Thornton should have had that. 

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Didn't take too long for Brown to throw an interception. 

 

Yes... The ball could have been caught and bounced off the hands of the receiver but he was also like triple covered and the pass was behind. 

 

Looking forward to better QB passing next year. 

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That pass was thrown slightly behind him.

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Already 1 TO.

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if TT doesn’t play next series i swear i’m gonna drink another beer. 

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On 12/29/2021 at 6:28 PM, DR Hilarius said:

if TT doesn’t play next series i swear i’m gonna drink another beer. 

Ive already had 3

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On 12/29/2021 at 6:28 PM, DR Hilarius said:

if TT doesn’t play next series i swear i’m gonna drink another beer. 

Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

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