Championship Show Statement: Playoff begins Friday

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Fame and respect is what we all want for our favorite college team–but it can also create untended consequences for our beloved Ducks. The College Football Playoff show demonstrated their respect for Oregon in an unusual way, and surprised everyone with who the opponent the Pac-12 Champion will face in the Rose Bowl. (As of this week with one week to go)

One of the big surprises was how HALF of the Pac-12 was in the top 25 boosting the ratings of the top teams in our conference. Oregon coming in at No.2 again was no surprise, but the elevation of TCU to the No. 3 spot bumping Florida State to No. 4 set many spectators of the show back a bit. Reese Davis declared that “Oregon would face the Horned Frogs in Pasadena.”

Call me an opponent snob, but I would rather not have Oregon play a newbie to the standings. Give us a powerhouse traditional power to play and it will be more fun for the fans who will be much more apt to travel to a matchup with the Seminoles. The movement of TCU past Ohio State and Florida State bears watching considering Oregon’s current positioning.

Jeff Long, Selection Committee Chair.

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Jeff Long, Selection Committee Chair.

What made my Duck feathers fly was listening to all the love for Arizona due to their jump to No. 7 in the nation according to the Selection Committee. The panelists on the show went on a speculation binge as to how Arizona could be in the National Championship Playoff if they beat the Ducks on Friday. Danny Kennel stated that, “this team to me [Arizona] absolutely has a chance [to be in the playoff] if they beat Oregon AGAIN…they would deserve a shot.”

Reece Davis noted how Arizona jumped “…even over one loss teams. Arizona is going to have two wins on it’s resume’ that hardly anyone can match.”  (If they beat Oregon–it would be two top five wins for the Wildcats)

Kirk Herbstreit noted that, “Arizona sliding up above Michigan State? That is BIG news and the fact they’re over Michigan State before playing Oregon is a big deal.”

Joey Holloway

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Joey Holloway

The final panelist, Joey Holloway, joined in the Arizona lovefest as he declared that, “there may not be a hotter team than Arizona as they recently beat No. 17 Utah, and No.13 Arizona State. They make a move in the Pac-12 Championship game and beat Oregon? Boy they are going to jump some teams because of the way they are playing at the end of the season. They are as impressive as anyone in the country.”

Oh brother. So the respect toward Oregon and Marcus Mariota is so high that if Arizona beats the Ducks–it launches the Wildcats into the Playoff? That would truly be the most mileage any team EVER got from beating Oregon.

On the other hand, when Oregon wins the Conference Championship over the No. 7 team a question becomes whether it would move the Ducks to No. 1 if Alabama does not win impressively? In that scenario Oregon would be back to playing Florida State again–is that what we want?

The answers come in less than a week as the final show is on the next Sunday and not on Tuesday as during the season. We have drama to the end!

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Charles Fischer

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Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...

  • Dennis Bolt

    Charles, I totally agree. It would be totally perfect to face (and hopefully) be able to beat both FSU and Alabama..if we are destined to win a NC this year. Granted all this hinges on Friday, but then every year all these scenarios depend on WTD the next game. I also think that it is kinda “meh” to have to beat TCU, which honestly feels tougher than FSU. They are a flashy, offensive, nouveau riche team from the west with fancy uniforms and a funny mascot! (sound familiar?) I’d rather have the ducks beat a classic powerhouse and not an Oregon-clone that people will just pass off as a flukey gimmick. Beating FSU nd then Alabama would just be icing on the cake. Having two possible Heisman winners playing against each other would also be cool! BUT, we gotta beat the wildcats!

    • FishDuck

      Perfectly written Dennis–my thoughts precisely. As a principal I can’t get into too much denigration of TCU or other teams (unless it is the Huskies) and you expanded upon my thoughts and hit them right on the nose. Thanks.

  • TJ111

    To be the best you beat the best.
    Ducks should have no fear about taking on any and all opponents.

  • Dennis Bolt

    I agree with beating the best. Unfortunately, pundits and fans see Alabama and FSU as the the “best” and teams like Oregon, Baylor, and TCU as “party crashers. Maybe I’m still in the mindset of when I was at UO in the early 90s and they went from gutter to Rose Bowl in my days there. I’m always seeing Oregon as needing to prove itself. And beating traditional teams “feel” more rewarding.

  • hokieduck

    I most want to see Oregon play Alabama in the finals, so as long as both teams get there and are in favorable brackets as to one another, I am happy. If the brackets aligned the Ducks with FSU in the semis, I would be even happier. But let’s get there first.

    Go Ducks.