Oregon’s Red Carpet Top-5 Match-ups


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Now that we are closing in on the last third of the season, I thought I would take the chance to rank the top 5 match-ups I would like to see for Oregon.  Most of these matchups are unlikely to happen, but a couple of them actually are a possibility.  Having looked at the many teams and what they have done this season, I give you:

5. Oregon vs Arizona State

This game is a definite possibility.  Oregon misses out on playing the Sun Devils in the regular season this year.  ASU, however, is playing some very good football, and are in control their own destiny in the Pac-12 South.  The Sun Devils’ only losses this year are to No. 25 Notre Dame and to No. 5 Stanford — “quality losses,” if you will.  If ASU and Oregon both win out, they will meet in Autzen Stadium for the Pac-12 Championship.

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4. Oregon vs Texas A&M

The only way this game is possible is if the Aggies can climb their way back up the rankings to make a BCS Bowl game against Oregon.  This game would feature former Oregon verbal commit Johnny Manziel against current Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.  Up-tempo vs up-tempo, SEC vs Pac-12.  There is no question this game would end zone-to-end zone excitement.

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3. Oregon vs Baylor

Another game of up-tempo offenses.  If Baylor and Oregon both keep winning, they could potentially end up in a BCS game, even the National Championship Game.  The Bears would need quite a few teams to stumble for that to happen, though.  This would also be another match-up of similar styles, with former Oregon signee RB Lache Seastrunk as the star of the only team that has matched the  Ducks’ offensive production.  Would it be Seastrunk stealing the show, or DAT and Marshall burning the Bears?

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2. Oregon vs Florida State

Florida State is the only team that currently has a realistic chance of keeping Oregon out of the championship game.  Obviously Alabama would have to lose, and Florida State and the Ducks would have to win out.  Recall last year that Alabama lost, moving Kansas State and Oregon into the top two spots.  Both teams ended up losing that week, but still faced each other in the Fiesta Bowl.  I would love to see how Oregon’s D-line would fare in containing the Seminoles’ “Famous” Jameis Winston, the only player close to Mariota in the Heisman race.

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1. Oregon vs Alabama

I think this game is No. 1 on almost anyone’s list.  This is the game people have been dreaming would happen for the last two years. — and if both teams win out, they will meet in the National Championship . . . period.  Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide vs Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks.  Classic SEC muscle vs new-school Pac-12 flash.  This game would be the ultimate send-off for the BCS system.  A true National Championship that loyal fans of both teams, and football in general, deserve to see.

Those are my top five red carpet match-up nominees for the 2013 football season — list yours in the comment section.


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Sam Arney

Sam Arney

Sam was born and raised in Cottage Grove, Oregon and he has been a die hard Duck fan his entire life. Sam studied at the University of Oregon before moving to San Diego for 5 years. After moving back to Oregon, Sam decided to follow his passion for writing and started writing for various sports sites. To him, nothing is better than being in Autzen Stadium with 59,000 fans screaming their heads off!

  • Blam Blarney

    LOL WUUUUT? There’s a pretty good matchup on Thursday. Do you want to explain what this is supposed to mean, and what is the Oregon Red carpet??? What is this topic you’re writing about? I lived on Campus for years. Ducks dont deal in hypotheticals, and Ducks don’t have red carpets.

    • Spam Sparney

      Of COURSE there’s a great matchup Thurs, Blam, the whole point of the article is to talk about games we’d LIKE to see. Marquee games that deserve a red-carpet entrance. I think your grasp of this article is hypothetical. In fact, I don’t think that’s even your real name.
      I, for one, would like to see to see a Sooners matchup in the near future. I think it’s been at least a month since they quit whining about ’04, and all these teams are trying to avoid Oregon so they don’t get smoked. I’m out like trout.

      • Sam Arney

        Couldn’t have said it better myself Spam, lol.

        • Glam Glarney

          That’s because you did say it yourself, Sam. And Oklahoma beat Oregon in ’04 so why would they whine? I’m off like a prom dress.

          • Ham Harney

            C’mon Glam, the hokie-Okies are always whining! Does it really matter what year? It feels like ’84, it’s been going on so long. I wanna play the Fuskies again so we can get an early start on winning another decade. Hope that doesn’t ruffle your taped-on feathers.

          • SAM ARNEY

            Oh, it’s the stalker again. How are you old friend? Like I have told you in my other 30 articles that you stalk because you obviously have too much time on your hands, any comment I write, I post as my own name. I don’t need to play games and hide myself in childish anonymity like yourself. Any further comments you post claiming that every comment ever posted on my articles were posted by myself will be deleted. So just know that all that extra time you have, will be wasted. Thank you and have a beautiful day Glam or Blam or whatever your name is.
            SAM ARNEY

  • Duckles

    Don’t completely abandon the idea of a rematch with Auburn for the NC.

    If Malzahn call pull off the upset in the Iron Bowl, and win out, we could conceivably be facing them again in the NCG.
    Of course, with the regard FSU has garnered among the pundits, they’d have to lose to make that happen.
    But ya never know.
    This IS college football after all.