Oregon did its damnedest to keep a rather remarkable streak alive, but, in the end, they simply couldn’t.
Colorado, one week after wasting a 21-7 first-quarter lead to Michigan, jumped out to a 23-7 second-quarter lead and a 33-17 third-quarter lead on Oregon in Eugene Saturday. It looked like it would be lather, rinse and repeat for the Buffs as the truck-pulling Ducks stormed back to take a 38-33 lead at the end of the fourth quarter.
However, Steven Montez, making his first career start, tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter that stood up as the game-winner as the Buffs held on for a 41-38 win. While Colorado pushed its record to 3-1 — that’s the Buffs best start to a season since 2010, their final year in the Big 12 — Oregon has now lost back-to-back games one-third of the way through the 2016.
Such a feeling two weekends in a row, it turns out, is decidedly foreign for both the Ducks and their fan base.
What should concern the Ducks the most, perhaps, is that the Brady Hoke-directed defense allowed a first-time starter at quarterback throw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, one week after the same defense allowed three touchdown passes in the loss to Nebraska.
Yep, Oregon finally went there.
Famously — or infamously, if that’s your viewpoint — Oregon has myriad uniform combinations that its football team breaks out on a weekly basis. This weekend against Colorado, the team’s uniform of choice will have the Ducks literally looking like Ducks — at least like the Duck mascot — replete with orange socks, white pants, green jerseys and a white helmet.
Frankly, I’m surprised it took the program this long to go over to the cartoon side when it comes to uniforms. If the players and potential recruits like them, however, that’s really all that matters in the end.
Tren'Davian Dickson is on the move yet again, apparently.
A Houston spokesperson confirmed to the Houston Chronicle‘s Joseph Duarte that Dickson is no longer a part of the Cougars football program. In early June, amidst the sexual assault scandal at Baylor, Dickson opted to transfer from the Bears and ultimately joined the Cougars’ roster.
Dickson was seeking a waiver that would’ve given him immediate eligibility at UH as he was an early enrollee at BU earlier this year who participated in spring practice and attended classes. Because of the latter, and short of a waiver, he would’ve been forced to sit out the upcoming season.
Through three games, Dickson hadn’t seen the field for the Cougars. The status of his waiver is unclear, although it may be a moot point now with his departure.
A four-star member of the Bears’ most recent recruiting class, Dickson was rated as the No. 14 receiver in the country and the No. 16 player at any position in the state of Texas. On 247Sports.com‘s composite board, he was the No. 105 player in the country.
In addition to Houston, Dickson had also considered Oregon after getting his release from Baylor. That release prevented the receiver from transferring to another Big 12 school. Whether that stipulation remains in play given his enrollment at UH is not known.
As the Lamar Jackson Heisman hype train hurtles down the tracks, at least one wagering establishment has wholeheartedly hopped aboard.
In its latest set of odds released Tuesday afternoon, Bovada.lv has pushed the Louisville quarterback to its pole position for the 2016 Heisman Trophy. In fact, Jackson, whose 18 touchdowns this season are more than all but seven teams have scored through three weeks, is the site’s overwhelming favorite at 1/2 after being at 6/1 just one week ago.
The Sept. 13 favorite, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, has gone from 5/1 to 8/1. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (9/2) has slightly longer odds at 11/2, while Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett held steady at 6/1.
Greg Ward Jr. saw one of the biggest surges as the Houston quarterback went from 25/1 a week ago to 16/1.
Leonard Fournette was Bovada‘s preseason Heisman favorite at 4/1. The LSU running back dropped to 12/1 after Week 2 and 20/1 after Week 3. Around this time last year, Fournette was the Bovada favorite for the Heisman that ultimately went to Alabama running back Derrick Henry, who couldn’t even crack the top six 12 months ago.
Two players that were off the board last go ’round were added: San Diego State running back Donnell Pumphrey (25/1) and Washington quarterback Jake Browning (40/1). A handful of players were taken off the board, most notably quarterbacks Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Josh Rosen (UCLA).
Below is the complete list of Heisman Trophy odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:
The negative injury news for Oregon wasn’t just limited to a recent Olympian, although there was a glimmer of positivity on the health front for the Ducks.
Monday, reports began to surface that Devon Allen had sustained a torn ACL in the loss to Nebraska that would knock the wide receiver out for the remainder of the 2016 season. Not long after, the football program not only confirmed the news on Allen, but the speculation that offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby has been lost for the year as well.
Crosby missed the Ducks’ opener because of a foot injury. While the starting tackle started the next two games against Virginia and Nebraska, the true junior reinjured the foot in the former game and further aggravated it in the latter.
Last season, Crosby started 12 games last season after starting nine games at both tackle spots as a true freshman in 2014.
The injury news wasn’t all negative for the Ducks, fortunately, as an injury to Royce Freeman is not believed to be serious. The All-American running back sustained a leg injury in the first quarter of the loss to the Cornhuskers and didn’t return.
Monday, his position coach downplayed the severity of the injury.
“I don’t know what his status is right now,” running backs coach Gary Brown said according to The Oregonian. “It’s a day-to-day thing with him right now. He’ll play this season, no question.”
Despite playing just nine quarters, Freeman leads the Ducks with 325 yards and is second with four rushing touchdowns. His 8.8 yards per carry is third among FBS players with at least 35 carries.