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Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Posted on: October 22, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 10:38 am
How does that taste Alabama?

Is there hope Oklahoma?

How about you LSU, Auburn?

Forget about the non-BCS schools. They're all but out of it. Oregon just laid a nuclear whipping on UCLA that sends a clear and present message: Resistance is futile by you puny humans.

OK, so it was only UCLA but can you think of a better first-game No. 1 defense -- in history? I'm going to spend Friday trying to look it up. Point being, that as we wring our hands about the SEC's chances at a fifth consecutive national championship one thing is clear. Oregon is the only team in the country that controls its own destiny in the BCS.

It is No. 2 (in the BCS) with a bullet and there is not much resistance in front of it. The Ducks face just one currently ranked team (Arizona) the rest of the way. Good for their prospects, bad, perhaps for their BCS numbers. But when you're No. 1 and winning by an average of 39.3 points maybe it doesn't matter.

You say victory margin doesn't count in the BCS? Bull feathers. It impresses the voters. This wasn't New Mexico or Portland State. This was UCLA which at times has had a pretty good defense. If Oklahoma struggles with Missouri and LSU and Auburn grind it out at Jordan-Hare, voters won't have a hard time deciding who is No. 1 in the polls -- at least for another week.

Look for more of these carpet bombings in the future. Blowouts don't count in the BCS? They really do. Those human polls (Harris and coaches) are still two-thirds of the formula, right?
Category: NCAAF

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2010 8:48 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Check out 2002 Buckeye scores. Half of their games were decided by 10 points. They were still #2 in the nation. Running up the score doesn't need to be done. Just win all your games and get a favorable preseason ranking (while being in a BCS conference) and you'll make the title game. That is why I hate preseason rankings. They should come out near the date the BCS rankings come out. Maybe after 4-5 weeks so conference play can start and some teams that arent afraid can play tough OOC schools. Preseason rankings ruin good teams chances... Auburn knows this all too well.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Hey Chance11, you mention that the Saints defense forced a bunch of turnovers.  Well guess what dude, Oregon's defense leads the country in turnovers forced.  Your argument is hereby moot.  Enjoy.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2010 7:50 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Actually, UCLA, Tenn., and Stanford all play a form of "smashmouth" football.  Maybe not, but not many teams have two NFL ready backs (besides the Ducks that is).  Who else really brings it up the middle all night long?   It isn't too hard to game plan against Auburn or LSU, both are kind of one dimentional (not saying that is easy to stop...just easy to game plan for)...and I would say both are less "dynamic" than Alabama or Florida of a few years ago. 
Look how much trouble the SEC has with mobile quarterbacks like Cam or Tebow...where those teams any more "offensive" than the Ducks?  Neither team really has/or had a good running back...Florida had Percy you really think they were/are better teams on offense? 

Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 7:49 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

to all of you SEC fans

based on who they played out of confereance, the SEC is way overrated.

8 and 4 against top level conferenecs. sounds good until you realize.

1) only 8 games against top opposition.  Louisiana-monroe is played 3 times. No offense louisiana-monroe, but your hardly a top conference.

No wins against the top 4 teams in any other confereance,  None

3) Only pac 10 team played was a loss.  Loss to only top big 10 school played.

Tey were 2-1 against the ACC ( beating Duke and Clemson)
They were 2-1 against the Big East ( beating louisvile and USF)

So where is the great strength of this conferance.  They played nobody.  I guess its they're are the best of the east so they must be good. Just doesn't add up.

See who the other conferences play.

Give Alabama credit, at least the scheduled Penn St and Duke.  Worst of their conferences, but at least its something.
Although I think the SEC should have only been in 1 of the last 5 "BCS" championships.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:43 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

ppl over rate the's not as strong as ppl make it out to for oregon (and washington state)..all the teams are about the same. stanford, although they have harbaugh and luck, would get pounded by a physical sec (or even big  10, 12) team due to lack of talent. arizona..please..that team's just waiting to get exposed. oregon state is a joke..the pollsters (probably for boise's benefit) put that team in the top 25 twice. all they have is jacquizz rodgers who they have to run 40 times a game to have a chance to beat anyone.. louisville should have beaten them..anyways..

watching sam bradford's oklahoma team (i wish they would have had a healthy gresham)..i thought i'd seen the best offense i'd ever seen..until they played an athletic, physical defense in florida. when's the last time you saw a primarily offensive team win anything? kurt warner's rams? (the saints defense of last year forced a ton of turnovers)
oregon's defense is quick and more athletic than i thought..i just wonder what would happen if they played a good smash mouth team (of which there are none in the pac-10)..i think they'd get run all over all day. usc, the one team that when looking at their schedule that had a chance to beat them, has a little bit of that so that'll be interesting to see.

ideally, i hope somehow they play alabama for the national title..that's the matchup i'd wanna see if alabama wins out

Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:37 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Don't forget bad boy TJ Ward at Cleveland!

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:35 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

SEC is overrated............ Come to the West coast and earn Respect!

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:29 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

The Oregon defense went on the road to give up fewer points to the Volunteers than the
LSU Tigers defense gave up to Tennessee at home.
If only Tennessee did not schedule Oregon and there were no PAC-10 defenseive players
in the NFL, you could still say the PAC-10 does not play defense. 
The SEC defense just looks so much better because they usually dont have to defend against
the pass.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:13 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

"Have we already forgotten the game against then 9th ranked Stanford.  The Ducks shut them out in the second half and just flat whipped them on a national stage.  To say the Ducks haven't played anybody good really means the Ducks have beaten people up so badly that nobody they played looks good. "

Right on there.  Stanford probably has the best pro style QB in the nation and Oregon picked him off twice.  They have Jake Locker and Matt Barkely coming up and they will probably abuse their respective teams.  Don't pretend that this defense isn't good, because they put up respectable numbers against some lethal offenses while spending lots of time on the field.  If you look at the recent history of the program you can tell they get plenty of top talent on that unit.  Patrick Chung, Jairus Byrd, and Halolti Ngata are at least three recent ex Ducks making an impact at the NFL level.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:11 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

How can you say that they have a JC defense when in 7 games they have only given up a COMBINED 23 points in the second half this year... So being in the pac-10 where scoring is the first priority for all the teams, i feel giving up 3.29 points a game in the 2nd half... So I don't know many JC defenses could ever do that... Actually I don't know many D-1 defenses that could do that while the offense scores 42+ every single game.... I believe Oregon all around is a more complete overall team than anyone else in the country.

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