Crazy, is it not, how we get so worked up about the start of football season? Save for maybe Christmas, is anything so eagerly anticipated each year by such a broad range of Americans? Here in Central Oregon, allegiances in the college game seem pretty evenly split between Beavers and Ducks — though interest in college football here goes well beyond each fall’s paths to
Ducks must navigate a tough Pac-12 to make new playoff
A top-four ranking in the college football preseason polls means precious little to Oregon. But a top-four ranking in the final College Football Playoff standings on Dec. 7 would mean everything. To avoid being left out of the inaugural four-team playoff, the Ducks will have to survive a schedule that includes key games against Michigan State (Sept. 6), at UCLA (Oct. 11) and at home
Oregon State seemed on the cusp of an exceptional season last year. After a stunning season-opening loss to FCS foe Eastern Washington, Oregon State rattled off six consecutive wins by relying on a high-flying offense that made the running game seem almost unnecessary. Then the
Might as well call it Mission: Impossible. Starting in mid-October, a panel of 13 football experts will begin meeting once a week to determine the four teams that will compete for the national championship in the very first College Football Playoff. Their goal is to
The Pac-12 is a big winner in the past 10 years of movement
LOS ANGELES — In the children’s game of musical chairs, the big loser is the kid who cannot find a seat when the music stops. In college football’s game of musical chairs, the big loser is probably Connecticut. Or, in the expanded game, toss in
Crown of thorns
Seattle has never been a defending champion. But Pete Carroll has. His blueprint for keeping the Seahawks elite involved locking up All-Pros cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas.
After a fruitful rebuilding project under new GM John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid last year, the salary cap-tapped Kansas City Chiefs endured the price of that success with free agents signing elsewhere.
The Patriots’ offense should get a big boost with the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots should be improved on defense after signing free agents Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
What exactly drove an Oklahoma teenager to travel to Oregon, leave his truck and survival gear behind and disappear on Steens Mountain will remain a mystery.
But at least friends and family of Dustin Self know what happened to the 19-year-old after he was last seen in March 2013.