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Thu, Oct 23 04:30 PM
Just about everybody agrees - except for one person, apparently - that Arizona is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 again this season. The Wildcats are the near-unanimous choice to win the conference, receiving 31 of 32 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released Thursday. Utah was picked second and Colorado third. UCLA, which was chosen fourth, received the other first-place vote.Yahoo Sports - NCAA Men's Hoops - Oregon Ducks News
Thu, Oct 23 01:21 PM
Here's what to look for: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 20 Southern California at No. 19 Utah. USC is led by quarterback Cody Kessler, who threw for a conference-record seven touchdown passes against Colorado last week, and running back Javorius Allen, the conference's leader in rushing and all-purpose yards. No. 14 Arizona State faces Washington in the other big game of the week. The Cougars lead the nation in passing with 490 yards per game behind Connor Halliday, who broke the all-time single-game record by throwing for 734 yards against California two weeks ago.Yahoo Sports - NCAA Football - Oregon Ducks News
Thu, Oct 23 11:02 AM
Marcus Mariota hasn't given much thought to being part of the first college football game played at Levi's Stadium. It's probably because the Oregon quarterback plans to return to the $1.3 billion facility in another six weeks. Mariota and the sixth-ranked Ducks (6-1, 3-1) are riding a modest two-game winning streak heading into Friday night's game against California (4-3, 2-3). Levi's Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and site of the Super Bowl in 2016, will host the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 5.Yahoo Sports - NCAA Football - Oregon Ducks News
Wed, Oct 22 07:44 AM
Royce Freeman came to Oregon as one of the nation's top recruits, but expectations were tempered for his first season given the Ducks' depth at running back.Yahoo Sports - NCAA Football - Oregon Ducks News
Mon, Oct 20 09:25 AM
Our 2014-15 season preview continues with the Dagger's look at 10 coaches under the most pressure to win. Check back every day for more college hoops preview content. Dana Altman, Oregon Why the pressure is on: Unlike the other coaches on this list, Altman is not under pressure for his win-loss record. The Oregon coach has taken the Ducks to the NCAA tournament both of the past two seasons and to the Sweet 16 in 2013, but he has come under fire this offseason as a result of a slew of off-the-court issues. Of course, the most egregious was the rape accusations against former Ducks Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin. Altman drew intense criticism for signing Austin despite previous allegations of sexual assault while he was at Providence and for playing Artis and Dotson in the NCAA tournament even while they were under investigation by the police. No charges were filed in the case, but all three were dismissed from school in June. Between that, several other Oregon players transferring and two top recruits not being admitted to school, Oregon has a paper-thin roster this season and little proven returning talent besides Pac-12 player of the year candidate Joseph Young. Nonetheless, a losing season isn't what could jeopardize Altman's job. More off-the-court issues, however, certainly could. More from Yahoo Sports' 2014-15 Season Preview: • Oct. 3: Eight key questions as practice begins • Oct. 6 :  Preseason Top 25 with best-case and worst-case scenarios • Oct. 7: WCC Preview: Newcomers may tighten Gonzaga's grip on the league • Oct. 8 : To become a more well-rounded player, Kyle Wiltjer changed his body and his game • Oct. 9 : Ranking the 15 transfers who can make the biggest impact • Oct. 10 : A-10 Preview: As VCU ascends, much of the league rebuilds • Oct. 13 : Atoning for last March's costly gaffe drives VCU's JeQuan Lewis. • Oct. 14 : Ten freshmen who will make the biggest impact •  Oct. 15 : Mountain West Preview: Who will emerge to challenge San Diego State? •  Oct. 16 : Cody Doolin could be the ideal antidote to what has ailed UNLV •  Oct. 20 : Ten coaches under the most pressure to win this season Travis Ford, Oklahoma State Why the pressure is on: At the end of a tumultuous 2013-14 season that began with Oklahoma State ranked in the top 10 and ended with a sub-.500 Big 12 record and zero NCAA tournament wins, athletic director Mike Holder gave a revealing interview to the Oklahoman . Asked about the 10-year contract extension Ford signed in Sept. 2009, Holder acknowledged, “In retrospect, it wasn’t good for him or us." Holder wouldn't say that what saved Ford's job was the $11.85 million in buyout money Oklahoma State would owe him if it fired him, but the athletic director didn't deny it either. “Who knows? You can hypothetical yourself to death,” Holder said. It's easy to understand Holder's frustration given Ford's underachieving track record. In six seasons at Oklahoma State — the last two with lottery pick Marcus Smart and a talented supporting cast — Ford has produced a 52-50 Big 12 record and just one NCAA tournament victory. Now Smart is a Boston Celtic, Markel Brown, Brian Williams and Kamari Murphy have also departed and the Cowboys no longer appear talented enough to finish in the upper half of the Big 12. Ford's hefty buyout may save his job another year regardless, but a surprise NCAA tournament bid this season would go a long way toward winning back Cowboys fans and his athletic director. Anthony Grant, Alabama Why the pressure is on: One day after Alabama fell to LSU in the opening round of the SEC tournament to conclude its first losing season in 14 years, athletic director Bill BattleYahoo Sports - NCAA Men's Hoops - Oregon Ducks News
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