IZR Week 11 Debrief: Ducks on Top, GameDay, PAC-12 Notes


The best part about College Football is that everything seems to figure itself out in the end. Just over 24 hours ago, the Ducks were betting on the computers eventually favoring them in the BCS polls, but today, it looks as if the Ducks have a straight shot at the national championship game.

Manziel, A&M Knock off ‘Bama: In a game for the ages, the mighty reign of traditional football took another major blow as super-quarterback Johnny Manziel and Kevin Sumlin’s airraid took Alabama to task for three key scores early in the game. The early 20 point deficit shouldn’t have been too much to ask out of Alabama’s offense, but the Crimson Tide have never had to overcome an offense like that ever before, nor have they had to actually score more than 17 points to win a close game. It isn’t too hard to see how Mariota, Barner, and Oregon would have similarly challenged Alabama’s defense, but the Tide’s slip up cost Oregon a shot at the mighty Tide.

Ducks Take #1 Ranking in AP Poll: With Alabama’s loss, Oregon took a big chunk of the 1st place votes in the AP poll, and took over the top spot. The BCS rankings come out later tonight, but at least Oregon has a #1 next to its name somewhere.

College GameDay is coming to Eugene: In a pivotal PAC-12 North matchup, ESPN’s pre-game extravaganza “College GameDay” is coming to Eugene for the seventh time

PAC-12 Championship Game can be decided next week: While the PAC-12 South will be decided in the UCLA-USC cross town rivalry, Oregon can clinch its shot at the roses if they can beat Stanford, but Oregon is surely shooting for higher prizes.



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Josh Schlichter

Josh Schlichter

Josh is a College Football enthusiast from sunny Southern California. He has written for several self-operated prep sports blogs, as well as multiple SB Nation sites. In High School, Josh played football for four years, and helped create and operate the team's no-huddle system. Most of Josh's football knowledge branches from watching College Football his entire life, and is backed up by his first hand experience in both option and spread offenses. Above all, though, he is a proud student at the University of Oregon. @joshschlichter