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No. 2 Oregon runs past Arizona State

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Thursday night’s game against Arizona State was supposed to be the first true road test for No. 2 Oregon. Any questions leading up to the game about how the Ducks would respond  – redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota in particular — were answered about two minutes in. A Kenjon Barner fumble on the Ducks’ first offensive possession was recovered by the Sun Devils, and Taylor Kelly threw a 28-yard touchdown to receiver Kevin Ozier seven seconds later to give ASU a 7-0 lead.

That was about the only thing that went right for ASU. Barner responded with a 71-yard touchdown run on Oregon’s next possession. After that, it was all Oregon all the way to halftime (which metaphorically signaled the end of the game). The entire second half was essentially garbage time and the Ducks went on to beat ASU 43-21.

It’s tough not to be impressed with Oregon, especially on defense. Say what you will about the Ducks’ schedule, but it’s not like Alabama has played anyone worthy of being called a quality win either. The Tide’s best win so far is the season-opener against Michigan, and the Wolverines haven’t exactly lived up to the preseason hype.

But Alabama’s a good football team. So is Oregon, and the two programs have a lot more in common than you might think. Nick Saban and Chip Kelly may run different schemes, but they have instilled a similar identity in their respective programs that’s proven successful over the past few years. That, and they have great players.

Does that mean those two will meet in the BCS championship at year’s end? Not necessarily; there’s a whole second half of a football season left to be played. The good news is that contenders like Oregon, Alabama, Kansas State, Florida and even Notre Dame all have key games remaining on their schedules. We’ll find out over the next six weeks who’s for real and who isn’t.

If Oregon keeps playing the rest of the season like it did tonight, though, there’s no reason to think the Ducks won’t be seriously in the BCS championship conversation once again. And they’ll deserve to be there.

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12 Responses to “No. 2 Oregon runs past Arizona State”
  1. zeddicuszorander says: Oct 19, 2012 5:31 AM

    Quack quack.

  2. roundup5 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:02 AM

    Let’s look back one year when the Quackquack played LSU,
    and got stomped. You don’t even want to take on The Tide!

  3. mydixienormus says: Oct 19, 2012 9:03 AM

    I hate the ducks but have to respect that they look wicked good.

  4. florida727 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:10 AM

    I realize that Florida, K-State, and Notre Dame all have national title game visions, but man if last night is any indication, my earlier thoughts of an Alabama-Oregon matchup might come true. Long way to go and Oregon closes the season with FOUR straight against ranked opponents, so if they run the table, they’ll have earned their slot, I believe. Plus, I don’t want to put too much emphasis on last night’s game. ASU wasn’t ranked despite their 5-1 record, and last night may have showed why… no offense intended.

  5. ishwishfish says: Oct 19, 2012 9:20 AM

    Any decent SEC team will beat the crap out of them ducks.

  6. blitz4848 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:48 AM

    The one thing I didn’t see was ANY hard hits on those little scat backs of the Ducks.

    I just remember watching Florida with 2 world class olympic speed backs, Rainey & Demps, and how they got all beat up 1/2 through their SEC schedule.

    Ducks are good and a fun watch but there is a reason these type backs don’t make it in the NFL and like it or not the top tier SEC teams play NFL type defense with future NFL DEs, DTs & linebackers.

    I believe a SoCal type team would have a better chance knocking the SEC off their throne than a video game offense. Just me 2 cents trying to be objective.

  7. kozbee says: Oct 19, 2012 10:14 AM

    Oregon has ranked in the top 5 the last few seasons and been recruiting well every year.Im a SEC fan and the way Oregon keeps playing cant help but like the way they keep playing they are very close to another title shot and just maybe a National Championship.Teams will not keep rolling over them every season,there will be a Championship in their backyard within the next couple years is my prediction.

  8. duklover says: Oct 19, 2012 10:44 AM

    Roundup5:
    This isn’t last year sport. You can’t tackle what you can’t catch! Go Ducks!

  9. irishdodger says: Oct 19, 2012 10:52 AM

    @ishwishfish:

    The key to your comment is how many SEC teams qualify as decent? After Bama & LSU, the jury is out.

    Florida looks to be returning to form, so I think they’ll qualify soon.
    South Carolina? Not w/o Lattimore
    A&M? No defense
    UGA? Can’t win the big one
    MSU? No impressive wins yet.
    Ole Miss? Really?
    Arkansas? Really??
    Vandy? Yeah right.
    Kentucky? When’s bball season start?
    Mizzou? Seriously?
    Auburn? Not worth a reply.
    Tennessee? Get back to me in 3 yrs when they’re starting another coaching search.

    I’d love to see Bama vs Oregon. Bama likely wins, but it should at least be entertaining. ESPNs dream of Bama vs SC looks to have died a few wks ago.

  10. imaduffer says: Oct 19, 2012 11:54 AM

    After watching the Ducks last night, Nick Saban will be teaching the proper way to flop in case they play Oregon for the NCG.

  11. gorilladunk says: Oct 19, 2012 4:13 PM

    I read all these comments about how an SEC team would hammer the Ducks, but I remember Oregon playing the SEC champs down to the wire for the Nat’l title a couple years ago. And that was with a professional player at QB for the SEC team.

  12. philipweirick says: Oct 19, 2012 11:16 PM

    this is a no brainer— nobody will have a chance against oregon — to fast– to talented– best coach,. there offence is just so proficiant. when the first team is in– count up 7. bama– if you have the misfortine of meeting the only professional team in college football, be afraid- be very,very afraid- you people from the east coast
    who think any one of your teams can match up to this scoring machine with a great defence— just take some more scroomms!! then go pay your bookie if your dumb enough to bet on any team but the ducks

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