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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: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2010 3:20 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

People are saying they beat TN like that is the class of the SEC conference or something. They are one of the worst teams in the SEC and they struggled with them up until halftime. I like Oregon, I like watching the new unis and all that jazz, but talentwise I'd have to go with Auburn as the number one team right now. Alabama will probably stumble their way into the championship against Ohio State, Oklahoma or maybe even Boise.

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 3:09 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Junior college level defense?  Ha Ha.  You are a funny guy.

Prior to last nights game, Oregon's run defense was 38th in the country, giving up 126.5 yards per game.  That isn't great, but it isn't horrible either.  That number is skewed by the amount of time Oregon's D is on the field.  They are only giving up 3.5 yards per carry, which is 26th in the country.

Oregon was seventh in pass efficiency defense.  There must be a whole lof of JC defenses out there.

I am glad you realize you have a problem and are not ashamed to admit you are seeking help.

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 2:15 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense


The parallel between Oregon and TT wasn't in reference to their offensive sets.  It was about the fact that both had unique offensive schemes combined with Jr. College level defenses.  The other parallel is that neither have or ever will win a national championship.  That is unless Nike can buy the BCS.

Thanks for the wake up call though,  I will work through my inner turmoil that Dodd is a tool with my psychotherapist.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2010 2:12 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

  As tough as it is to say given a 60-13 score, Oregon didn't run up the score. It could have used the game as a showcase for LaMichael James' Heisman hopes, but he sat out more than a full quarter. Quarterback Darron Thomas was pulled with lots of time on the clock, almost a full quarter. Oregon's defense was second- through fourth-stringers for most, if not all, of the fourth quarter.
  Two of Oregon's late scores were set up by UCLA turnovers deep in their own territory. OK, let's take those two gimme touchdowns off the board. You feel better about a 46-13 score? Three of the Ducks' rushing touchdowns were made by Remene Alston, who normally would be the third-string running back if not for the injury to Kenjon Barner. Did Oregon pull out a bunch of trick plays late in the game? No. Did it wing the ball all over the field with a top passing game when it had a big lead? No. It ran to the middle of the line and found numerous holes in the UCLA defense.
  The talking heads on ESPN's "First and 10" this morning made a big deal about the Ducks' run for two points to make it 15-0. Really? Remember, this was a UCLA team that went into Austin and handed the Longhorns their heads on a platter. This was a UCLA team that had three good drives early in the game, having one stopped by an interception, another by a good stop on third down and the other finished with a UCLA field goal. Was Oregon supposed to take its foot off the pedal in the first quarter against an opponent with that pedigree? C'mon.
  Most of those who won't give Oregon proper respect don't know their ass from their elbow when it comes to the Pac-10. Yes, occasionally the conference has a down season, but usually it has the best balance of any conference in the nation. This year's USC team is pretty good ... not as good as its national title teams, but good anyway ... and what does it get for losing two games by a total of three points to two Pac-10 opponents? A spot outside the Top 25. What has this UCLA team that beat up Texas done in the Pac-10? Suffered big losses to Cal, Stanford and Oregon. Stanford has had impressive games against everyone, including Oregon, and what does it get? A spot outside the Top 10. I could go on, but such arguments will fall on deaf ears.
  Hey, bring on Oklahoma to face the Ducks. The last time the Sooners faced Oregon, the Ducks piled up nearly 550 yards ... and that team didn't have anything near the talent or the system this Oregon team has. Sure, the game ended with lots of controversy, but Oklahoma only needed to stop two Oregon drives late in the game ... it didn't come close on either occasion ... and needed to make a pretty easy field goal on the game's final play, only to have it blocked. The result if the Sooners and Ducks meet in Glendale, Ariz., in January? Oregon 48, Oklahoma 38 ... and I'm giving the Sooners the benefit of the doubt that they can hold Oregon to 48 points. But even then some folks will whine that Oregon ran up the score.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:53 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Oregon did what Ohio State should have done.  More power to them!

Very true, BUT.......there is a huge difference between facing a banged up UCLA at home, and going into Madison to face a healthy, ranked Wisconsin.  Due to injuries at QB & D-Line, this is not the same UCLA that took it to the Horns.  Those inexperienced DE's got abused all night long.

Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:48 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

By the 4th quarter the Ducks had all of their subs in and they still scored. At the end they keeled down with almost 2 minutes to play which was plenty of time to score again.  UCLA being without a defense does not make Oregon classless.  In the previous possession, the Ducks ran very predictable plays and then punted for the first time in the game.  Our subs scored faster than our first team.  
Remember also that it was New-weasel that set the standard for classlessness throughout his career at Colorado and Washington, with some of the damage coming at the expense of the Ducks (Cotton Bowl fake punt anybody?) so lets not get too "holier than thou."

Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:41 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.  Defensively, their yards per play average is among the best in the nation. UCLA had the ball for almost 40 minutes last night and lost by 47 points.  

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:17 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Anyone who is objective can seen that Oregon is the best team in the Nation.  What conference has better offense than the Pac 10?  So I don't want to hear about how Oregon can't stop anyone.  Playing in the Pac, you have to stop offenses in order to win games.  UCLA is not that good in my opinion, but they did lay the wood to TX, in TX.  That may speak more about how bad the Big 12 is more than anything else.  If you watched the game, Oregon did not run up the score.  Every score in the 4th were because UCLA could not stop the run.  The 1st stringers were out for the 4th.  I hope they keep dominating, because if a team has a chance to score with them, it is my Arizona Wildcats late in the season.

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:01 pm

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Your comment tells me you didn't watch TT much, or you haven't watched Oregon.

The only thing Oregon has in common with Texas Tech is the spread.

Tech threw the ball all over the yard.  They only ran occasionally to keep defenses honest.  Their best athletes were receivers.

Oregon can kill you with the run or the pass.  They have athletes all over the field. 

As far as matching Oregon's speed, no one can play at that tempo for long unless, like Oregon, every practice is even faster.  The team that beats them will be the team that can slow them down.
BTW - I'm not a Dodd fan, but your personal attacks say more about you than they do about him.

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:19 pm

Dodd writes as if he's the frosh reporter...

I think someone got kicked around in phys ed. during their Jr. High days a little too often.  Move forward to today - some how, some way he got hired to be an analyst/writer for CBS Sports.   Thus the bias for the underdog is explained...

Oregon is nothing more than a west coast Texas Tech.  

An offense that is sustained by two things - momentum and speed.  Which is all fine and dandy - until they meet a team that can match both.  The season will play out,  Oregon will be exposed...

Then Dodd will have to double space his articles - because he won't have anything to write about.

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