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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