Does Oregon Have a Chance at 11-1? Its Better Than You Think

IcemanCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2009

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 26: Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Oregon Ducks sets to throw a pass in the second quarter of the game against the California Bears at Autzen Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon.. The Ducks upset the Bears 42-3. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The Boise State game will forever be burned in the memory of duck fans everywhere.  With Boise's defense making the ducks offense look pathetic, and a defense that was surviving by lucky turnovers and dumb mistakes on Boises part.  

The game should have ended 45-8 and been a blowout.  I don't need to add anything to the Blount "punch" but at this point Oregon's season looked grim.  Masoli's dark horse Heisman campaign was over and Blount was suspended for the rest season.  Most of the national media had written off the ducks, along with several members of Bleacher Report.  

With wins over Purdue and Utah the ducks where 2-1 but they still didn't look like a team with a chance at the PAC-10 title.  But then 6 ranked Cal comes into Autzen with the best running back in the nation and their sights set on a PAC-10 title and a rose bowl bid.  

With throwback jerseys on that I will admit were very ugly, the ducks took it to Cal and destroyed them 42-3.  Best was held to an unbelievable 52 yards and Cal went home 0-1 to start PAC-10 play.  With USC losing to Washington The ducks are now ahead of the two favorites for the PAC-10 title.

What is the best part of this For the ducks you might ask? they just won 3 out of 4 of there important games, with only USC remaining.  But don't forget that USC has to travel to Autzen to play and they don't look nearly as good as they did when they beat the buckeyes.

The ducks have a great chance at running the table and getting to the Rose bowl, with only Stanford, USC and UCLA looking like a threat at this point.  Masoli looked awesome against Cal and if he keeps it up he should be back to being a dark horse Heisman candidate.  What does this mean for Cal?  Well now they have to beat USC and have Oregon lose at least 2 games.

The ducks have come a long way in these past 3 weeks.  With the nightmare at Boise behind them, The ducks finally have the passing game going at full tilt and a running game working great considering that they are doing it with out star running back Blount.  I will keep my fingers crossed, but it might be the ducks taking the honors in the annual beat down of the big ten at the rose bowl.