Oct 21, 2023; Eugene, Oregon, USA; A general view of an end zone pylon during the second half between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

5-star WR Gatlin Bair commits to Oregon, won’t play until 2026

Wide receiver Gatlin Bair, a five-star prospect in the 2024 class, has committed to Oregon.

“I’m super excited about Oregon and what coach (Dan) Lanning is building,” Bair told 247Sports on Saturday. “He is one of the most ambitious coaches I’ve ever been around and they’re on track to compete in the Big Ten and win some titles. … They’re running an offense that any receiver would want to be a part of.”

From Burley, Idaho, Bair is the highest-rated player ever from the state, per 247Sports, which ranked him the No. 6 wide receiver in the class and No. 27 among all positions in the nation.

The 6-foot-1 Bair intends to sign with Oregon next week but won’t be part of the team until 2026 after he serves a two-year mission through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 247Sports reported.

Bair previously was committed to Boise State but decommitted on Dec. 1.

He also considered Michigan for his new commitment.

–Field Level Media

Nov 18, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Ty Thompson (13) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Oregon QB Ty Thompson commits to Tulane

Former Oregon quarterback Ty Thompson committed to Tulane on Friday.

Thompson entered the transfer portal on Dec. 10 following the commitment of former Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel to the Ducks.

The 6-foot-4 Thompson was a four-star prospect in the 2021 class, ranked by 247Sports as the No. 9 quarterback and the No. 81 overall prospect.

He announced his decision on social media with a photo of him in a Tulane uniform and the simple caption “roll wave.”

With Bo Nix entrenched at quarterback for the Ducks, Thompson saw limited action in 2023. He appeared in seven games, completing 24 of 31 pass attempts for 287 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.

In three seasons in Eugene, he appeared in 17 games, throwing for 456 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Thompson will have two seasons of eligibility remaining for the Green Wave.

Tulane finished the 2023 season with an 11-3 mark under former head coach Willie Fritz, who has taken over at Houston. Thompson will play under new head coach Jon Sumrall, who was hired in December.

–Field Level Media

Belleville quarterback Bryce Underwood watches the last seconds of the game against Southfield A&T at the Division 1 state final at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023.

Report: 2025 No. 1 player Bryce Underwood to commit Saturday

Five-star quarterback Bryce Underwood, ranked as the No. 1 player in the 2025 class by the 247Sports composite, is set to announce his college decision Saturday afternoon, per a report.

Underwood attends Belleville (Mich.) High School and has finalists of Alabama, Colorado, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Oregon and Penn State, 247Sports reported Wednesday.

As a junior in 2023, he completed 66.7 percent of his pass attempts for 3,165 yards with 40 touchdowns and two interceptions, per MaxPreps. His QB rating was 146.0.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback added seven rushing scores on 25 carries.

Underwood led Belleville to the Division 1 Michigan high school state championship game in 2023. The Tigers were seeking their third straight title and their 36-32 loss to Southfield A&T in the championship game snapped a 38-game winning streak.

–Field Level Media

Jan 1, 2024; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws the ball under pressure from Liberty Flames defensive tackle Jay Hardy (4) during the first quarter of the 2024 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Nix, No. 8 Oregon dominate No. 23 Liberty at Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Heisman Trophy finalist Bo Nix threw five touchdown passes including four in the the second quarter, and No. 8 Oregon steamrolled No. 23 Liberty 45-6 on Monday in the Fiesta Bowl.

Nix, in his final collegiate game after two seasons at Oregon and three at Auburn, tied a Fiesta Bowl record for TD passes in a game. The Ducks, who just missed the College Football Playoff with a close loss to Washington in the Pac-12 Championship game, scored 45 unanswered points after trailing 6-0 in the first quarter.

Nix completed 28 of 35 passes for 363 yards, and wide receiver Tez Johnson had 11 catches for 172 yards and was one of five different receivers to catch a touchdown pass. Oregon (12-2) held previously undefeated Liberty (13-1) to its season low in points.

The Ducks’ Bucky Irving, who announced his intentions to enter the NFL draft but opted to play in the bowl game, rushed for 117 yards on 14 carries and added a touchdown run.

Liberty got the ball first and scored a touchdown in six plays. Quarterback Kaidon Salter had plenty of time to pick a receiver and found Bentley Hanshaw for a 17-yard touchdown pass.

The Flames didn’t score again, as Salter was held to 126 passing yards and Oregon outgained Liberty 584-294 in total yards.

The Ducks went ahead 10-6 early in the second quarter on Nix’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Gary Bryant Jr., a play set up by Irving’s 44-yard swerving run deep into Liberty territory.

Oregon’s defense delivered hard hits and established control after Liberty’s first possession, and the Ducks offense got going as well. Dropped passes and batted balls didn’t affect Oregon’s ability to move the ball, and the Ducks went up 17-6 on Nix’s 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Terrance Ferguson with 7:13 to go in the first half.

At halftime, Oregon had a 31-6 lead. Nix’s flip to Kenyon Sadiq for a 3-yard touchdown was set up by another of the Ducks’ several explosive plays on the day, a 50-yard pass to Bryant.

Oregon stopped a Liberty drive before halftime with Steve Stephens IV’s interception. Then Nix needed just five plays and 1:09 on the clock to find Traeshon Holden for a 17-yard touchdown with 3 seconds left.

The Ducks added two more touchdowns in the second half before Nix exited mid-drive in the fourth quarter to cheers from Oregon fans.

–By Jose M. Romero, Field Level Media

Sep 30, 2023; Stanford, California, USA; An Oregon Ducks cheerleader performs during the third quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

National signing day: 4-star WR flips from Ohio State to Oregon

Four-star wide receiver Jeremiah McClellan decommitted from Ohio State and committed to Oregon on Wednesday, the first day of the national signing period, 247Sports reported.

He is listed as the No. 13 wide receiver and the No. 49 player overall in the 2024 class by the 247Sports composite.

McClellan took official visits to both schools in June and committed to Ohio State on Aug. 13. From the St. Louis area, he played his high school football at Christian Brothers College.

He had not signed his national letter of intent as of Wednesday morning.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2023; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Dante Moore (3) throws the ball during the second half against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-UCLA QB Dante Moore commits to Oregon

Former UCLA quarterback Dante Moore is set to become the second transfer quarterback moving to Oregon ahead of next season.

Moore announced his commitment to Oregon on Monday in an Instagram post. The Ducks previously snagged ex-Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel.

Moore was ranked one of the top five quarterback prospects in the high school Class of 2023, and he initially committed to Oregon out of Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High in Detroit.

He wound up going to UCLA instead and played nine games as a freshman this year for the Bruins, starting five times.

Moore completed 53.5 percent of his passes (114 of 213) this past season for 1,610 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was intercepted nine times. His best outing was a 290-yard, three-touchdown effort in a Sept. 9 win over San Diego State. Moore also threw for 290 yards in a victory over Washington State on Oct. 7.

Gabriel, who has one year of eligibility remaining, is widely viewed as the favorite to replace Heisman Trophy finalist Bo Nix for the Ducks. Moore could be in line to take over the job in 2025.

No. 8 Oregon (11-2) lost the Pac-12 championship game against Washington on Dec. 1 and is headed to the Fiesta Bowl against No. 23 Liberty on Jan. 1, 2024.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) runs the ball as Kansas Jayhawks linebacker Rich Miller (30) defends during the game at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon lands veteran transfer QB Dillon Gabriel

Former Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel will complete his college career at Oregon.

Gabriel entered the transfer portal earlier this week and announced the move to Oregon on social media on Saturday. At Oregon, he presumably will walk into the starter’s job as the Ducks seek a replacement for Heisman Trophy finalist Bo Nix.

Gabriel’s college career began in 2019 at UCF and he spent three seasons there, with his 2021 campaign cut short because of a season-ending shoulder injury suffered in the third game. He then moved on to Oklahoma and will be a sixth-year senior at Oregon with one year of eligibility left.

In 2023, he completed 266 of 384 passes for 3,660 yards with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran and ran for 373 yards and has 12 touchdowns.

In all, Gabriel has thrown for 14,865 yards with a completion rate of 63.1 percent with 125 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in his five college seasons.

A native of Hawaii, Gabriel turns 23 later this month.

–Field Level Media

The Golden Hat Trophy is raised after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. Oklahoma won 34-30.

Red River, Civil War rivalry games getting extended

One major college football rivalry got extended and another is reportedly on the verge amid the changing landscape of schools switching conferences heading into the 2024 season.

Texas and Oklahoma announced the extension of their Red River Rivalry through the 2036 season. Both are jumping to the SEC next year but their annual game will continue to be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

Out west, the move to preserve the Civil War game between Oregon and Oregon State is nearing completion, Pac-12 insider John Canzano reported Wednesday. Only moving forward, that game will now be a nonconference game with the departure of the Ducks to the Big Ten beginning in 2024.

Oregon will travel to Corvallis next year with Oregon State playing in Eugene in 2025, per the report. The agreement involved the shuffling of games involving multiple schools in 2024, per the report.

The Red River Rivalry dates to 1900 while the Civil War began in 1894.

Washington and Washington State previously announced that their rivalry, the Apple Cup, will continue despite the Huskies’ jump to the Big Ten in 2024.

–Field Level Media

Dec 1, 2023; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) warms up before a game against the Washington Huskies at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Heisman finalists: Jayden Daniels, Marvin Harrison Jr., Bo Nix, Michael Penix

LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. were announced Monday as the four finalists for the 2023 Heisman Trophy.

The winner will be revealed this Saturday at the annual ceremony in New York.

Daniels, in his second season guiding the LSU offense after three years at Arizona State, racked up 3,812 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 12 games while rushing for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had an eight-touchdown game (six passing, two rushing) against Georgia State on Nov. 18.

Harrison, the son of Indianapolis Colts legend Marvin Harrison, racked up 67 catches for 1,211 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games. He added one rushing touchdown.

Harrison is the first wide receiver from Ohio State to be a Heisman finalist and just the second wide receiver to be a finalist in the past seven years. The other was Alabama’s DeVonta Smith, who won the trophy in 2020.

Nix transferred to Oregon in 2022 after three seasons at Auburn. In 13 games he threw for 4,145 yards, 40 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He added 228 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, one year after running for 14 touchdowns.

Penix threw for 4,218 yards, 33 touchdowns and nine picks in leading Washington to a 13-0 record and the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff. The Huskies beat Nix and Oregon twice head-to-head, including in the Pac-12 championship game last Friday.

Penix is the only finalist whose team reached the CFP. He played parts of four seasons at Indiana before his move to Seattle.

Among the players who missed the cut were Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams, last year’s Heisman winner, and Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, who had 20 passing touchdowns and seven rushing scores before going down for the season with a leg injury Nov. 18.

–Field Level Media

Duck fans show their support for Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and coach Dan Lanning during the game against Oregon State.

AP Top 25: Oregon hits No. 5, Ohio State falls to No. 6

Ohio State’s loss to Michigan sent the Buckeyes plummeting four spots to No. 6, making room for Oregon to move into the first five of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday.

Georgia held the No. 1 spot for the 24th straight week, gaining 52 of 62 first-place votes. The other 10 votes went to Michigan, who defeated Ohio State 30-24 and rose one place to No. 2.

Washington moved to No. 3, with Florida State also climbing one rung to No. 4.

The top four teams all are 12-0.

Georgia, Michigan, Florida State and Washington all have cemented berths in their respective conference championship games. The Huskies will meet No. 5 Oregon (11-1) in the Pac-12 title game Friday at Las Vegas.

This is the first time the Pac-12, which is set to disband after this season as 10 teams defect to other leagues, had two teams in the top five since the last ranking of the 2016 season.

The College Football Playoff committee ultimately determines the four teams that will compete for the national championship, and its latest rankings will be unveiled on Tuesday.

Following No. 6 Ohio State are two other 11-1 teams — No. 7 Texas and No. 8 Alabama.

No. 9 Missouri and No. 10 Penn State, both 10-2, round out the top 10.

With a loss to Kentucky, Louisville fell out of the top 10 and dropped six places to No. 15. That allowed No. 11 Ole Miss to move up one place, followed by Oklahoma, LSU and Arizona.

Also dropping six spots was No. 21 Oregon State, which lost 31-7 to Oregon.

Out of the Top 25 this week are Kansas State and Tennessee. They were replaced by No. 21 North Carolina State and No. 25 SMU.

–Field Level Media