One-Loss Oregon – A Playoff Regular?

 

The College Football Playoff is only a season from fruition.  Coaches, analysts and NCAA higher-ups believe this is the next step in clearing up the BCS bowl issue, but I see more of the same with this ‘revolutionary’ new system.

Elite defenders like Terrance Mitchell make Oregon a threat for the National Title.

Photo by Kevin Cline

Elite defenders like Terrance Mitchell make Oregon a threat for the National Title.

Over the last two seasons, teams ranked four through eleven and four through 9 all have a solid case for the #4 spot.  Teams like Boise State are always overlooked and barely clinch the top-10 ranking.  A two-loss Pac-12 team is good for an eight-spot, but there isn’t really a chance to climb much higher.  Three or four SEC teams are guaranteed to be in the top-10, so controversy is sure to ensue.

A one-loss Oregon squad will be a very tough decision for voters to place.  The predisposition that the West Coast teams don’t have the size, playmakers or sheer talent to beat SEC teams will hurt Oregon’s chances.  Future non-conference games against Michigan State and Texas A&M will help our Ducks keep their position as a perennial top-4 team.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber