Oregon Ducks Face a Familiar Situation

Russ HartleyContributor INovember 3, 2009

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 31: Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates with fans on the sidelines as time runs down in the fourth quarter of the game against the USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon. Masoli threw for 222 yards and a touchdown and ran for 164 more yards with another score as the Ducks upset the Trojans 47-20. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Lee Corso rode the motorcycle through Eugene, Saturday, as College Gameday was held on the campus of the Oregon Ducks. No. 10 Oregon was taking on powerhouse opponent, No. 5 USC.

Jeremiah Masoli lead the Ducks to a 47-20 dominating victory. Freshman RB LaMichael James rushed for 183 yards and 1 touchdown. Masoli scrambled for 163 rushing yards, threw for 222 yards, and had 2 total touchdowns. The Quack Attack offense was unstoppable and depleted the Trojan defense. This gave USC their worst loss since 1997.

After the Ducks' first game of the season (loss to Boise State), many fans/analysts thought the season was over. Last I checked, there are 12 games in a season. Oregon went on beating undefeated Utah, recently ranked No. 6 California (won 45-3), and now No. 5 USC.

Oregon has proven to everyone that they are still a contender, and that they don't need suspended RB LeGarrett Blount.

LaMichael James has been nothing short of magnificent and has been a huge part of the seven straight wins the Ducks have enjoyed. James has 918 total yards and 7 rushing touchdowns.

Although Oregon is looking hot right now, their current situation brings up some unfortunate memories. In 2007, the Ducks were ranked No. 2 and were three games away from winning the Pac-10 and heading to the National Championship.

They were playing Arizona, and QB Dennis Dixon went down on an injured knee/leg and was out for the remainder of the season. Oregon went on to lose that game, and every game left on their schedule. Their dreams of reaching fame and greatness were ruined, leaving the Duck fans disappointed and depressed.

As of this moment, Oregon is ranked No. 7 and is four games away from winning the Pac-10 and going to a BCS game. If some undefeated teams fall, Oregon could even have a chance at the National Championship.

This team has to take it a game at a time before they get upset and lose their chance at a BCS bid. Oregon has Stanford, No. 18 Arizona, Arizona State, and Oregon State left on their schedule. These will be very winnable games, and the Ducks will be favored to win every one if they remain undefeated in the Pac-10.

No. 18 Arizona will be looking to ruin their season once again (2007). The Civil War against Oregon State will also be an intense game for Oregon.

If QB Jeremiah Masoli and the Ducks can focus and finish the season, they will be rewarded with a BCS game, a Pac-10 title, and maybe even a chance to play in the National Championship. Oregon finds themselves in a familiar situation and will look to not repeat history. Masoli looks healthier than Dixon did, and the Ducks have a large amount of momentum that will be leading them into every remaining game.

Coach Chip Kelly will need to push the Ducks to finish the season strong. If they can do that, we might see the Ducks playing in January.