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QB Johnny Manziel and the Aggies will be gunning for a title next season
The Oregon Ducks obviously have to reach the title game first if they hope to win it.
But should they find themselves up against an SEC opponent in Pasadena next January, they'll have several important advantages.
A number of SEC teams are capable of making it to the title game, but for argument's sake, I'm going to look at Texas A&M and Alabama, two teams that I think have the best chance of winning their league.
Against the Aggies, Oregon would have the advantage of seeing a similar offense everyday in practice, as well as in-conference against UCLA and Arizona. They were one of the first teams to begin running the spread at a high level, so they have the advantage of experience as well.
The Aggies see a similar offense in practice, but they also spend the majority of their time preparing for hard-nosed rushing attacks and pro formations. This benefits the Ducks.
Should it be Alabama that emerges from the pile of quality SEC teams, the Ducks will be in for a real fight. This would likely mean that the Crimson Tide defeated Texas A&M as well, so they'll have faced an athletic, mobile quarterback.
But Oregon does things a little differently, and they'll have the intelligence to throw new things at Bama's defense that they haven't seen before and are unprepared to defend. They were susceptible to an Aggies team that took a quick, 20-0 lead this past season and the Ducks are capable of doing the same.
Obviously, this assumes many things. It's going to take a perfect storm for a team to end the SEC's reign, and beating either Texas A&M or Alabama is far from a sure thing.
But if a team is going to do it, it'll be the Oregon Ducks next season.