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How about those Viks?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 4:11pm
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With the college football regular season winding down, and all the NCAA Div. 1 schools having the week off, a brief look at the seasons for Oregon, Oregon State and Portland State (yes, they're Div. 1) shows that a review of the three head coaches might show that ... Portland State's Nigel Burton should be the Coach of the Year.

Portland State finished only 6-6 in the Big Sky Conference, and didn't reach the FCS playoffs, but Burton's work of getting his team to that record puts his job performance slightly ahead of Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, and OSU's Mike Riley.

In Helfrich's first year, Oregon finished 10-2, a record that's a major disappointment for fans.

Riley, in his 13th season, guided the Beavers to a 6-6 record, which got them bowl eligible - a worthy season for fans in Corvallis every year. But, the Beavs lost their last five games after giving their nation time to whisper those magic words: "Rose Bowl." Not this season.

What puts Burton's Viks ahead of the Ducks and Beavers is their play at the end of the season, especially in their final game. Playing at No. 3 Eastern Washington, the Vikings nearly pulled off what might have been the program's greatest upset in Big Sky Conference play before losing by a missed extra point in the closing minutes, 42-41. That loss came a week after a 43-42 loss to Sacramento State at Jeld-Wen Field in which they gave up two scores in the final nine minutes.

The Viks finished their Big Sky season at 3-5, having beaten the three teams that finished under them in the standings. Four of the team's conference losses were by a combined 16 points. Only Montana, which headed to the FCS playoffs ranked No. 10, blew out the Vikings - on the road - 55-27.

Oregon finished 10-2 and is likely headed for a bowl game that will attract a smile or two from those fans unhappy with the team not getting to the national championship game. If Oregon won't play for the title, or even for the Rose Bowl, it better face a quality opponent in a bowl game. If they take on Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl, that'll be the case.

Although Oregon's Mark Helfrich guided his team to a better record than PSU, the Ducks took a heavy beating with video from the sidelines showing simple desperation during the Stanford loss, and crazy quotes such as not caring about playing in the Rose Bowl as they had "already been there." The Rose Bowl comments came up time and again during a all-out spanking from Arizona in Week 11.

Riley got his team recovered from a season-opening loss at home to Eastern Washington to a 6-1 record heading into a home game with Stanford. Even though the Beavers seemed to outplay the Cardinal for significant parts of the game, they still managed to lose, starting a slide that included trailing Washington 48-0 ... at home ... in Week 11.

Burton hasn't gotten the Vikings over the hump of reaching the FCS playoffs, but there at least was plenty of fight in the team that can be spun in many positive ways - and Denver tight end Julius Thomas' development in the pro ranks can only help.

 

 

 

 

Marcus keeps the Heisman heat on

Mariota leads Oregon to rout of Tennessee, keeps pace with 'Johnny Football'
Sept. 16, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

"Johnny Football" might have the attention of the sports world, but Marcus Mariota continues to keep pace with the defending Heisman Trophy winner as the 2013 college football season moves into high gear.

That's a prime topic for the cast of Sportsland, Oregon for the 22nd Episode of the year, recorded from Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland. Host Cliff Pfenning, Derek Weber and Marlon Thomas delve into the Ducks' season after they moved to 3-0.

Mariota threw for 456 yards and four touchdowns in Oregon's 59-14 victory over Tennessee, cranking out the stats in less than three full quarters. The rout kept them No. 2 in the AP Poll after No. 1 Alabama beat No. 6 Texas A&M 49-42, overcoming Johnny Manziel in the process. Manziel had 562 yards of total offense in the game.

Beyond the Ducks, the cast looks into Oregon State and Portland State football, as well as entertaining topics such as the depth of the NFL, whether Kansas City or New York is more of a favorite to jump into an American League Wild Card playoff spot, and the value of having too many good players on a Fantasy Football team.

It's all on Episode 22 of Sportsland, Oregon, Oregonsports.com's signature podcast, recorded every Monday night.

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CLIFF PFENNING - Writer, Auto Sales Consultant at Beaverton Honda

DEREK WEBER - Media personality, marketing manager at First Tech Bank

MARLON THOMAS - Furniture Sales  Consultant at Mor Furniture, Tigard

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Portland State vs. Montana State Photo Gallery

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 1:39am
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Check out a slideshow of a few choice shots from photographer Dave Giezyng from tonight's Portland State/Montana State game here.

Sportsland, Oregon: 11/15/2010 - #37

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 3:08am
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In the first part of a two part episode, Los and the gang open up with their concerns about the Blazers situation, specifically Brandon Roy's comments and health. After that it's on to the world of college football, with plenty of Ducks talk after their tight win, which inevitably leads to BCS Championship talk and Heisman Trophy predictions. They wrap up Part 1 trying to figure out who the best team in the NFL is.

In Part 2, Los and the gang wrap up everything else they missed in Part 1, including NCAA Women's soccer, Baseball Rookie's of the Year, High School football playoffs, Kentucky vs Portland in Men's basketball, and this week's segments, including This Week in Oregon Sports History and What Plucks My Duck.  You can check it out in the nifty player on the right.

Sportsland, Oregon: 10/18/2010

Tue, 10/19/2010 - 12:04pm
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In this week's episode, Los and the Oregonsports.com crew discuss the year's first BCS Rankings. They also commend OSU for its 2ot loss to Washington, and apologize to PSU for causing their last second heartbreaker.

In a Special Edition NBA Preview, Lostradamus and the Oregonsports.com crew analyze everything you need to know about the upcoming NBA season. From the Blazers' outlook to the end of year awards, plus playoff predictions and teams to watch out for. They also come up with a new nickname for LaMarcus Aldridge at the end of the show, in addition to the usual weekly segments.

Check it out at: SportslandOregon.blogspot.com  or at blogtalkradio.com/oregonsportsradio

Sportsland Oregon: 10/11/10

Tue, 10/12/2010 - 5:52pm
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Plenty of things to talk about in the Oregon sports world, including the Ducks ascension to #2 in the polls, the Beavers clawing back into the Top 25, MLB end of season awards, and a tearful goodbye to the Timbers this season. All that plus the usual segments, and Blazers talk

Check it out at:

SportslandOregon.blogspot.com 

or at blogtalkradio.com/oregonsportsradio

Sportland, Oregon #32

Tue, 10/05/2010 - 1:46pm
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In this week's episode, Los and the gang open up right after Pat Chung's amazing Monday Night Football outing. Then they move on to some Ducks and Beavers football, and weigh in on the possibility of PSU winning theBig Sky. Finally, the guys talk about the Blazers training camp, and throw out their personal suggestions for NBA divisional realignment.  Check it out at:

SportslandOregon.blogspot.com

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