BuffaloesWire covered many losses but did win “Pick the Pac”

BuffaloesWire’s own Jack Carlough saw many, many losses in Boulder, but did manage to win the first annual “Pick the Pac.”

Buffs win!

That’s only been said once in the 2022 college football season. Colorado defeated California 20-13 in overtime on Oct. 15. But shortly afterwards, head coach Karl Dorrell was fired.

We won’t be firing anyone at Buffaloes Wire, however. Given that they had to watch that dreadful team, editor Jack Carlough didn’t let that waver from winning the first annual Pick the Pac. His 73-16 overall record, a .820 win percentage, was two games better than Trojans Wire’s own Matt Zemek, who made a late rally toward the top.

Here at DucksWire, Zac and Andy tied with a 69-20 record with Don coming in a game behind at 68-21.

We definitely wanted to win this, but as they say, there’s always next year!

Name Last Week’s Record Overall Record
Jack Carlough (Buffaloes Wire) 5-1 73-16
Matt Zemek (Trojans Wire) 6-0 71-18
Tony Cosolo (Buffaloes Wire) 5-1 70-19
Andy Patton  (Ducks Wire) 5-1 69-20
Zac Neel (Ducks Wire) 5-1 69-20
Don Smalley (Ducks Wire) 4-2 68-21
Matt Wadleigh (Trojans Wire)
5-1 68-21
Patrick Conn (College Wire) 4-2 67-22
Don James (Trojans Wire) 6-0 67-22

 

The preseason favorite is the “winner” of the Pac-12 QB rankings

There were plenty of upsets in the Pac-12 this season, but there would be no upset in the QB ratings as the preseason favorite won out.

The regular season ended last Saturday and while a few unexpected things happened in the Conference of Champions, there was one thing everybody assumed would occur did occur.

As soon as Caleb Williams transferred to USC, it was assumed that he would be the No. 1 quarterback in the Pac-12 when all was said and done. Not only is he the top QB, but he may also win the Heisman.

He did have a few challengers, however.

Bo Nix had a great chance to upset Williams if he wasn’t injured. Washington’s Michael Penix, Jr. had a much better season than anyone expected in Seattle.

There were some disappointments. JT Shrout? Tanner McKee? DTR? In truth, other than the top three signal callers, it wasn’t a banner year for quarterbacks on the West Coast. Hopefully, 2023 will be better and there are bound to be a lot of new faces.

Here is the final edition of the quarterback ratings, according to PFF.com.

Oregon tumbles down USA TODAY Coaches poll following loss to OSU

The Ducks fell six spots in the USA TODAY Coaches poll after the 38-34 loss to the Beavers.

Oregon flirted with a Top 10 finish in the USA TODAY Coaches poll, but after the loss in Corvallis, the Ducks most likely won’t be in the upper echelon.

They finished the regular season No. 15 in the country with a 9-3 record. Considering they finished the season losing two of their last three games, Oregon should feel fortunate to be ranked that high. Oregon State jumped up six spots to be ranked No. 16.

USC is the conference’s only hope to be in the College Football Playoff. After the Trojans 38-27 win over Notre Dame, USC moved up a spot and are ranked No. 4 in the country with their 11-1 record. They face No. 12 Utah, the only team to give the Men of Troy a loss this season.

The Top 25 falls this way:

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. TCU
  4. USC
  5. Ohio State
  6. Alabama
  7. Penn State
  8. Tennessee
  9. Washington
  10. Kansas State
  11. Clemson
  12. Utah
  13. LSU
  14. Florida State
  15. Oregon
  16. Oregon State
  17. UCLA
  18. Tulane
  19. Notre Dame
  20. South Carolina
  21. Texas
  22. North Carolina
  23. Central Florida
  24. UT-San Antonio
  25. Mississippi State

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Report card: Oregon defense/special teams turn in another failing grade in Corvallis meltdown

We didn’t expect the final report card of the regular season to be such an ugly affair in so many ways, but here we are.

At one point Saturday afternoon, we were actually looking forward to writing up this report card. Oregon was up 31-10 in the third quarter and nearly every phase was playing well and on point.

Then the meltdown occurred and a nice day in Corvallis turned ugly quickly and the Ducks suffered a 38-34 loss that will be difficult to forget.

It would be easy to do a report card for the first half of the game and then a separate one for the collapse. But the report card is for the entire game as a whole and there are some good parts to what happened yesterday. We won’t ignore the 28-3 Oregon State run (quite literally) to end the game, but we won’t dwell on it either. The coaching decisions kind of speak for themselves, so we won’t dive into every questionable call made on the sideline.

Here’s the final report card for the 2022 regular season.

Photo Gallery: Oregon limps home to Eugene after brutal loss to OSU

Photo Gallery: Oregon limps home to Eugene after brutal 38-34 loss to OSU in front of about 26,000 fans.

It’s all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out, or until Oregon decides to give a game to its chief rival.

Oregon let a 31-10 lead slip away and lost 38-34 to Oregon State in Corvallis. Even Santa Claus was seen tailgating at Reser Stadium and hopefully for the Ducks’ sake, good ol’ Saint Nick didn’t stay for the game or a lot of Ducks will be on his naughty list.

There was plenty to cheer at for the few Oregon fans that were able to get tickets into the venue that is in the middle of a major renovation. Only about 26,000 were able to see the game live and the vast majority were happy in the end, but none were wearing green and yellow.

Here’s the 126th edition of the Oregon-OSU football rivalry game in photos.

Report: Kenny Dillingham finalizing deal to become Arizona State head coach

According to multiple reports, Oregon OC Kenny Dillingham has become the frontrunner to take the ASU job with a deal being finalized.

The Civil War loss might have been the last time Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham calls plays for Bo Nix.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellinger, the Oregon OC has become a front-runner to take the head coaching position at Arizona State. SI says his deal is in the midst of being finalized.

While it’s not totally unexpected, it would be a big loss for the Ducks, who have enjoyed an offensive resurgence with Dillingham in the booth. At 32 years old, he would be the youngest head coach in the country.

Dillingham would also be heading back to his alma mater. Arizona State has had a rough season in 2022 as they had to fire coach Herm Edwards in the middle of the year. They finished 3-9, including a 38-35 loss to in-state rival Arizona.

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Instant reaction: Lanning’s inexperience can’t be an excuse anymore

Dan Lanning’s coaching decisions were something left to be desired as Oregon goes down to the Beavers.

Oregon had this game in Corvallis in hand.

The Ducks were up 31-10 with 4:46 remaining in the third quarter. But then Oregon State went on a 28-3 run to end the game and the Beavers came away with a stunning 38-34 win. When all is said and done, OSU received a lot of help during the scoring run from many, many questionable coaching decisions from the Ducks’ coaching staff.

Usually here at DucksWire. we like to stay away from criticizing the coaches because they know a lot more than we do. But it’s not out there to say the coaches, not the players, cost the team not only a win, but a chance to win the Pac-12 title.

The Ducks left a couple of field goal chances off the board, couldn’t stop the Beavers’ running attack, and for some reason head coach Dan Lanning went for it on a 4th-and-1 on their own 29-line line with the lead in the fourth quarter. It was the same play that ensured the Utah win, a quarterback sneak off to the left side.

But unlike the Utes, the Beavers were ready for it.

OSU scored a couple of plays later to take the lead. The Ducks gave up 268 yards on the ground, most in the second half. We haven’t even mentioned a fumble by the punter on their own 1-yard line or a kickoff return that went 10 yards.

There were so many baffling things that didn’t go the Ducks’ way that it was hard to keep track of. But one thing is for certain. If Lanning can’t adjust on the fly, which he hasn’t shown the ability to as of yet, no matter how well he recruits, he won’t be a head coach for very long.

That may seem to be unfair, but that’s just the reality of the business. Losing to the Huskies and the Beavers in the same season won’t go over well with the fans or the donors. And it could have been avoided if Lanning wasn’t so stubborn.

There’s a fine line between aggressiveness and stupidity and Lanning hasn’t been able to figure out when to cross that line and when not to. It’s too late to figure it out this season. Perhaps with a full season under his belt and an off-season to review things, Lanning will learn from these mistakes.

But if he doesn’t, the Ducks will be on another coaching search in the next four years because Oregon losing to its two big rivals in the same season is unacceptable in Eugene.

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Social Media Buzz: Oregon fans go crazy after Chase Cota’s circus catch for a TD

Chase Cota’s 44-yard circus TD catch had Oregon Twitter buzzing early on in this rivalry game.

Oregon answered a lot of questions in just one play. How would the Ducks respond after falling behind 3-0? Is Bo Nix healthy enough to make plays? Would Chase Cota be able to catch the ball with a hand in a cast?

Answers are, in order: Nicely, yes and oh yes.

Nix found Cota on a 44-yard touchdown catch where he had to wrestle the ball away from a Beaver defender. Oregon took an early 7-3 lead in the first quarter. On the drive, Nix showed he’s a lot more mobile in the pocket than he was last week against Utah, which can only be good news for the Ducks going forward in this game.

What’s new with Oregon State since Oregon last played the Beavers?

The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers will play their annual rivalry game on Saturday, with unusually high stakes.

Call it whatever you like, but the annual matchup between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers is a tradition unlike any other – and this year the stakes are high as these two top 25 teams descend into Corvallis, Oregon looking to secure bragging rights for the next calendar year.

Jonathan Smith has an experienced, deep Beavers squad that can really limit damage with strong defense and an exceptional running game, led by Damien Martinez.

Quarterback play is perhaps the Beavs’ biggest weakness right now, but with an 8-3 record and four wins in their last five contests – this is not a team to be taken lightly. Not that they ever are, considering the weight of this rivalry game which has gone on for over 100 years.

Oregon State has a lot of familiar faces still on the roster, but newcomers at key positions have helped push this team over the edge. Here is a look at who is new, and who is back, for the Beavers heading into Saturday’s matchup:

Picking the Pac: College Wire staff makes Week 13 selections

Colorado can’t win games, but the Buffaloes Wire staff can certainly pick the winners of the Pac-12 contests.

Colorado is far from being at the top of the Pac-12 standings, but they writers that cover the Buffaloes seem to have a superior ability in picking winners in the conference.

Jack Carlough and Tony Cosolo are 1-2 in the Pick the Pac standings and unless more chaos occurs within the conference, Carlough is going to win this season. Having to cover that dumpster fire in Boulder, the BuffsWire staff deserves this.

There’s just one more week in the Pac-12 regular season and there are a few rivalry games on the slate, including the game formerly known as the Civil War. Matt Zemek picked the Beavers to win this game before the season started, so did he stick with the pick, or did he see the light and select the Ducks?

An Oregon victory would match up two of the three College Wire Pac-12 sites against each other in Las Vegas. We don’t know if Sin City is ready for that, but let’s hope to find out.

Name Last Week’s Record Overall Record
Jack Carlough (Buffaloes Wire) 4-2 68-15
Tony Cosolo (Buffaloes Wire) 4-2 65-18
Matt Zemek (Trojans Wire) 4-2 65-18
Andy Patton  (Ducks Wire) 6-0 64-19
Zac Neel (Ducks Wire) 4-2 64-19
Don Smalley (Ducks Wire) 3-3 64-19
Matt Wadleigh (Trojans Wire)
6-0 63-20
Patrick Conn (College Wire) 4-2 63-20
Don James (Trojans Wire) 4-2 61-22