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Oregon to wear Mach Speed uniforms in Alamo Bowl

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Oregon is set to take on Texas in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30, and as usual the Ducks will be wearing new threads when they take the field. On Friday, Oregon Football posted some photos of Nike’s new “Mach Speed” uniforms on its Facebook page. As usual, the uniforms have the social media world buzzing. It is unclear whether Oregon will be wearing light or dark colors, but there is also a black option.

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Oregon runs sick fake punt for first down against UCLA (Video)

Oregon doesn’t need Chip Kelly around to continue running trick plays. Mark Helfrich proved that he’s worthy of his own big balls chant after running a fake punt on 4th and 14 from inside the Ducks’ 30 early in the first quarter against UCLA on Saturday.

The TV cameras were totally faked out as were the Bruins, who allowed punt protector Rodney Hardrick to roll 66 yards up the middle on the direct snap. The play came with the Ducks down 7-0 and set them up for the tying score.

You know how people use the cliche that they could have driven a truck through a hole? Well in this case, the cliche not only applies, but you could have driven an 18-wheeler through it:

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That parted like the Red Sea.

Oregon Ducks to wear pink helmets

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Are you ready to see the Oregon football team like we have never seen it before? Given the number of uniform changes the Ducks go through during the course of a season, that is a question we could ask almost every week. On Saturday against Washington State, Oregon will be doing its part to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Ducks will be wearing some pink gear, most notably their helmets. We have grown used to seeing pink cleats and towels during the month of October, but pink shells are fairly rare and overwhelming. Here are some more pictures of the pink swag, courtesy of the Oregon Football Facebook page:

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Personally, I feel the more pink football teams wear the better. After hearing that story about the New York Jets saving a woman’s life by wearing pink gear, I don’t see how you could argue against it.

Oregon cheerleaders wearing green and yellow contacts for Washington game

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With Halloween just around the corner, the Oregon football cheerleading squad has decided to creep out the entire nation with their new contact lenses. Colored contacts have always freaked me out. Green and yellow contacts that feature the Oregon “O”  are no exception.

“On our way to Seattle, but all we see is green and yellow,” Oregon Cheerleading posted on Twitter Friday morning. “#GoDucks.”

[Related: Brandon Inge wore freaky contact lenses during game]

Aren’t cheerleaders supposed to put a smile on your face? Considering these lenses make the young ladies look like they have been possessed by a demon, I’m thinking the players might be better off wearing them.

H/T Eye on College Football

Colt Lyerla reportedly was constantly late, missed team activities

Colt LyerlaMany were surprised when it was announced on Sunday night that tight end Colt Lyerla was leaving the Oregon Ducks football program. Lyerla had problems throughout his college football career, but a lot of people probably figured the two sides would work things out. Instead, Lyerla has left the team, dropped out of school and will concentrate on his pro career. He’s expected to be one of the top tight end prospects for the NFL Draft.

So what happened with Lyerla and what could lead him to leave the team and drop out of school entirely? Most reports indicate he was becoming irresponsible when it came to both athletics and academics.

Aaron Fentress at Comcast Northwest reported that Lyerla was suspended for last weekend’s 57-16 win at Colorado because he was repeatedly late or missed team activities. Coach Mark Helfrich reportedly was fed up with Lyerla and told the tight end he might get kicked off if he didn’t shape up. That supposedly was enough to convince Lyerla to leave the program.

Additionally, Oregonian columnist John Canzano says Lyerla had become equally flaky when it came to academics and even stopped going to class:

Not only was Lyerla suspended for the Colorado game, but he also missed the Tennessee game. That was another fiasco, because Lyerla said he missed the game because of an illness, while Helfrich was vague with the media, only citing “circumstances” for the tight end’s absence.

These problems are nothing new for Lyerla, who also was suspended when Chip Kelly was the team’s head coach. The junior tight end closes his college career with 34 receptions for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns, and 94 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

(written at request from Ryan)

Oregon hands Tennessee its worst loss since 1910

Marcus MariotaWhile most college football fans were watching the clash of the titans between Alabama and Texas A&M on Saturday, Oregon was busy proving that it might be the best team in the country.

The Ducks beat up Tennessee 59-14 in Eugene, handing the Vols their worst loss since a 48-0 defeat to Mississippi State in 1910.

And you thought the ending to the Phil Fulmer era was bad?

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns. Like UCLA and Alabama, the Ducks fell behind early and did a ton of damage in come-from-behind fashion. After starting off down 7-0, they scored 59 straight points. They were crushing Tennessee so badly their third-string players were into the game in the fourth quarter.

Oregon put up 686 yards compared to just 316 for Tennessee. They threw for 470 while the Vols only had 138 passing yards.

Oregon has gone 3-0 and outscored their opponents 184-27. Things will get tough for them in October. They’re at Washington, home against Washington State, home against UCLA, and at Stanford in a four-game stretch. I think they’ll lose one of those games.

As for Tennessee, well, things don’t get much rosier for Butch Jones’ bunch. They host Georgia, South Carolina, and they’re at Alabama in a brutal October.

Oregon’s new football facility is absolutely incredible (Video)

Oregon opened the doors of its new football facility this week, and it is sure to blow you away. The 145,000-square-foot Football Performance Center cost about $68 million to build. When you see it, you might be surprised it didn’t cost more.

Sports Illustrated was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the new complex, during which they discovered high-tech lounges, offices and meeting rooms, furniture and marble that was imported from Italy, glass walls that serve as writing boards, and two auditoriums. Oregon’s unique colors and designs are featured throughout the facility.

The locker room, which looks like something that was plucked right off the set of “The Matrix,” features high-tech lockers. How can a locker be high-tech? For starters, they are fully ventilated to eliminate odors. Then there is the coded keypad, which spring-boards a player’s shoulder pads and helmet toward them from their position mounted on a shelf.

Oh yeah, and that was a barbershop that you saw:

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That’s right, the players have their own personal barbershop. Oregon may have lost Chip Kelly after several years as a national championship contender, but its new complex should prove to be $68 million well spent. The top sports programs in the country have the best state-of-the-art facilities (whether they include a waterfall or not). This stuff matters to recruits, and Oregon’s new complex is going to blow high schoolers away. There’s no question it will help them in the post-Kelly era.