The No.3 Ducks lost, but their goal of reaching the college football playoffs is still alive
You never want to be an undefeated team that falls to an unranked rival in the division. That goes without saying.
However, that may not be the doomsday scenario that many Oregon fans are probably envisioning right now. The season is not over. The Ducks still have a shot at qualifying for the college football playoffs at the end of the year.
They simply no longer have any margin for error.
As the expected champion of the Pac-12, Oregon can still end the season with an 11-1 record and win over Ohio State, Fresno State and whoever might be a challenger in the Pac-12 championship. If they succeed, it will boil down to resumes, and this is where things get tricky.
What’s the value of a win over Ohio State? What about Fresno State? Did the playoff committee watch this game and see the many bad umpires against Oregon in the 4th quarter? These are questions we now need to be concerned about if we follow the Ducks, to which we were previously immune.
Going forward, every game is a must win for the Ducks if they are to maintain their playoff hopes. We’re also now fans of Ohio State, Fresno State, UCLA, USC, and whatever team is ultimately on our schedule. Yes, it also means Washington State and Oregon.
We’re mortal enemies of Oklahoma, Penn State, Iowa, and Cincinnatti, like the rest of the top 10.
This is just how it goes.
Oregon had some leeway in this game, but it’s not something they can rely on anymore.
From now on, they must be perfect. Anything less, and this season will look like a huge bust.
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