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In what was obviously Oregon's most difficult gam to date this season, the Ducks still managed to find a way to win.

Despite getting only 91 rush yards from their Heisman candidate running back LaMichael James, Derron Thomas and the offense were able to find a way. How you ask? I will explain.

While the Ducks defense was quite apparently very good, giving up only 13 points on the road, the offense did something it hadn't done all year. And no I don't mean score fewer than 30 points. What I am referring to is their final drive of the game.

This season, Oregon has been notorious, for short, efficient drives. The Ducks offense manages to get down the field in what feels like Olympic speeds.

However, in their final drive against Cal, the offense wore down the defense and held onto the football for a spectacular 9:32 to end the game.

In this 15-13 win on the road, the California Bears proved that Orgon's offense isn't unstoppable.

Oregon remains atop all 3 major polls, the AP, Coaches, and BCS. However, in the AP poll, Oregon lost 11 of it's first place votes, and in the Coaches, it lost 3.

In the end though, none of this will likely matter if the Ducks win out as they will be just as happy going to the National Championship game as the #2 team as they would as the #1 team.

November 15, 2010  08:42 AM ET

However, in their final drive against Cal, the offense wore down the defense and held onto the football for a spectacular 9:32 to end the game.


That 9:32 drive is interesting, not only because it was impressive ball-control, but clearly the Ducks elected to forgo style points. Usually the Ducks run the other defenses into the ground and figure that no one could keep up with the offense. It would be like North Carolina shifting to Princeton basketball.

I don't really see any reason for the slowdown unless they were really concerned about James' hamstring or some injury on the defense. 9:32 - that's 4 Oregon drives, not one scoreless one.

Then again, maybe Chip Kelly is more savvy than people are giving him credit for. Oregon has played break-neck offense all year but in a National Championship game, it is going to be critical that Oregon keep the ball out of Cam Newton, Andy Dalton or Kellen Moore's hands at some point during the game.

November 15, 2010  10:07 AM ET
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That 9:32 drive is interesting, not only because it was impressive ball-control, but clearly the Ducks elected to forgo style points. Usually the Ducks run the other defenses into the ground and figure that no one could keep up with the offense. It would be like North Carolina shifting to Princeton basketball.I don't really see any reason for the slowdown unless they were really concerned about James' hamstring or some injury on the defense. 9:32 - that's 4 Oregon drives, not one scoreless one.Then again, maybe Chip Kelly is more savvy than people are giving him credit for. Oregon has played break-neck offense all year but in a National Championship game, it is going to be critical that Oregon keep the ball out of Cam Newton, Andy Dalton or Kellen Moore's hands at some point during the game.

By draining the clock, Oregon made it clear they were more concerned about just winning, and staying the top 2, than they were about piling on points to "hopefully" stay at no. 1.

James' hamstring may have been the issue, however I think it was just Kelly making a smart football move. Given how poorly the offense had been functioning throughout the game, going for the big play wasn't the way to go.

And I agree. By taking 9: 32 off the clock, Oregon proves to themselves, and the other teams that they have the ability to both score in a flash, and hold the ball for extended periods of time.

November 15, 2010  06:06 PM ET

And once again Oregon remains ranked ahead of Boise State despite no on-field performance that would indicate Oregon could even come close to beating Boise State. Same for Auburn, only the Tigers would lose by even more points to BSU, given the complete lack of an Auburn defense.

 
November 15, 2010  07:23 PM ET
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And once again Oregon remains ranked ahead of Boise State despite no on-field performance that would indicate Oregon could even come close to beating Boise State. Same for Auburn, only the Tigers would lose by even more points to BSU, given the complete lack of an Auburn defense.

Boise hasn't done anything THIS year, to prove they would beat either Oregon or Auburn.

This Oregon team is much better than the one from last season. The offense and defense are better, and the team has some real leaders unlike Masoli and Blount.

Boise State is a great team, and honestly, if they played Oregon or Auburn and won, I wouldn't be surprised. But their strength of schedule is just too weak to give them the oppurtunity to play in the Nat'l Title game over either Oregon or Auburn.

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