Week one and done.
That's what it felt like for the Oregon Ducks on September 7. A loss to LSU and just like that, the wind was taken out of Oregon. No title hopes.
In one setting, one game felt like a dagger.
But not so fast my friend.
Oregon is far from done. That was after-all, losing to the current No. 1 team in the country. The best team in the land. Nothing can look worse, or do I mean better for the Ducks.
Since losing 40-27 to LSU, the Ducks have been on a complete roll, sending out a message: if you want to beat us, you have to well, beat us.
Every win since then has come by at least 30 points. We've been introduced to a new freshman sensation in De'Anthony Thomas. We've seen controlling wins and no sliding. LeMichael James and company have gotten it done. Quietly.
Which now raises the question: is this Ducks team on the outside looking at a National Championship? That is, if Oklahoma State loses?
While Alabama may have an edge, Oregon looks better and should by the end of the year. Here's why.
By then, they will have presumably won out in regular season play since losing to LSU. They will have defeated a top five team on their schedule and won a conference championship. All this is pretty impressive for a team that hasn't quite frankly stopped since the beginning of 2010.
Alabama, meanwhile doesn't have that type of resume. They will not have won their own conference. They will not have the extra BCS points unlike Oregon with an extra game. And the Tide will have lost on their home turf to the No. 1 team in LSU. That didn't happen to Oregon.
Add those differences up and Oregon's strengths loom over Alabama's weaknesses. It's a bigger edge.
While Oregon seemed out of it 11 weeks ago, falling 10 spots in the rankings and as it felt, off the map, they're not done by any circumstances.
Beyond some drastic changes, a Tigers and Ducks rematch can happen. Oregon has a chance to be the most recent team since Ohio State in 2007 to go to back-to-back title games.
Ironically enough, and either way, barring a major setback from Oklahoma State, we will see a rematch from 2010 in the National Championship. Either Tigers and Ducks or Tigers and Tide.
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