Oregon’s Decade of Dominance Begins
It looks like Oregon might be the first Pac 10 team, other than USC, to win out right back-to-back Pac 10 titles since Washington did in 1990-91.
Now I know it’s only week 3 and that there is more football to be played, but Oregon looks both on paper and on the field like the most complete Pac 10 football team this year. And other than that you can exclude 8 other teams. Washington State, simply because they are Washington State. Washington because Jake Locker isn’t as good as people say he is and if he was, he does not have the supporting cast on offense to execute Steve Sarkisian’s offense and that defense can only stop a good offense once or twice. Arizona has beat two lackluster teams, one coming from the now infamous FCS. Arizona State is breaking almost an entire new offense including a new quarterback and deficits on the line. USC has two very unimpressive wins and hasn’t covered the spread in its 8 games dating back to last season. Other than that, they keep shooting themselves in the foot with unnecessary penalties that will eventually be the teams undoing.
UCLA is 0-2. Looks like that pistol offense is shooting blanks. Cal has scored 52 points in their first 2 games. Something tells me that Tedford’s fortunes are eventually going to change much like years past. We may even see them upset Oregon as the Ducks beat USC and Washington and overlook the Bears and suffer their only loss of the season. That would be the highlight of the season, as they will finish with a disappointing .500 record. Mike Riley will have another great Oregon State team that will once again be one game short of a Rose Bowl appearance. They will lose two conference games to a Washington team that will go over them literally and at Stanford. TCU set the blueprint to beat the Beavers through the air and this might be Lockers’ one Heisman game. If Locker can’t throw for over 300 yards Luck will. Luck is the best play-action quarterback at the collegiate level. BAR NONE.
That leaves one team: Stanford. The only team that could possibly beat out the Oregon Ducks. They are the only team that does not have a down side. You may say that Toby Gerhert is gone and so will their production. But four out of five starters on the offensive line, a quarterback, two starting wide receivers and the two-way fullback/linebacker are not too shabby for an offense. Not to mention a 3-4 defense. Now at 3-4 defense will only be good with smart, aggressive, players since it is a very flexible and schematic type of defense. If you’re telling me Stanford doesn’t have smart players, you’re telling me that it never rains in Oregon.
Some could even argue that it started in 2007 when Oregon beat number 6 ranked ASU and number 9 ranked USC at Autzen Stadium when all of a sudden Dennis Dixon’s ACL decided to tear. Another interesting tidbit about that season for the Ducks is that even after a loss to number 6 Cal they moved up in the polls. Even in the 2008 season was a very productive one as the Ducks had two 1,000 rushers, three rushers with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and were the number six rushing team in the nation. And last year the Ducks won an outright Pac 10 title and played for a BCS Bowl Game. Now I’m not saying that they will be as dominate as a Miami of the 80’s, a Florida State or Nebraska of the 90’s , a USC or Oklahoma or the 00’s. Im not even saying that they will have an eight-year conference reign but I believe for the next three to five years the Oregon Ducks have the inside track to possible even win a BCS Championship.