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08:18 AM ET 09.21 | Arizona State kicks off its Pac-10 schedule by hosting No. 5 Oregon, which leads the country in total offense and defense. After three games, including one at Tennessee, the Ducks have outscored the opposition 189-13. They're averaging 380.7 rushing yards per game. "To me, [they] may be the best football team in the country," ASU coach Dennis Erickson said. ... "I've never seen a team offensively that gets more big plays in the running game than the University of Oregon has this year, and a year ago."

The Arizona Republic

Kenjon Barner, AP Kenjon Barner, AP
September 21, 2010  08:30 AM ET

I think Alabama's ground game could keep Oregon's spread off the field and would wear down the duck's quacklers... They haven't really met an offensive juggernaut yet have they? And then there's Boise... That would be an "over" game, if htere were ever one...

September 21, 2010  08:30 AM ET

arrrr... "there"

September 21, 2010  08:52 AM ET

^^^ can't these people afford a Rosetta Stone session or two?

September 21, 2010  08:54 AM ET

History clearly shows that "offensive juggernauts" are NEVER the best teams...

... those video game offensive don't score nearly as much against legitimately good defenses.

The most recent example being the Oklahoma offense which set records, being thoroughly contained by Florida 2 years ago.

If Oregon is considered "great" because of their offense, they are not great.

They'd better have a good defense or ever team in the top 5 will shallack them.

September 21, 2010  08:59 AM ET

An astute coach heaps praise on the upcoming opponent and SI considers this newsworthy? Really?

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September 21, 2010  09:08 AM ET

I guess maybe Oregon should start playing good teams.

September 21, 2010  09:08 AM ET
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The rationale about OU not having met an offensive juggernaut is as valid as Bama not having met a defensive juggernaut. Both are true.

Not sure why you posted this. Not many teams have this early in the season.

Alabama is #1 until proven otherwise. Oregon has started out very well though.

September 21, 2010  09:11 AM ET
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Not sure why you posted this. Not many teams have this early in the season.Alabama is #1 until proven otherwise. Oregon has started out very well though.

It's subjective...

... Boise State has as much of a right to claim #1 as Alabama or any other team.

When is the last time Boise has lost a game?

September 21, 2010  09:12 AM ET
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The rationale about OU not having met an offensive juggernaut is as valid as Bama not having met a defensive juggernaut. Both are true.

I would definitely take OU or Alabama's OOC games over the Longhorns any day. Time will tell and the season will play out.

September 21, 2010  09:14 AM ET
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It's subjective...... Boise State has as much of a right to claim #1 as Alabama or any other team. When is the last time Boise has lost a game?

No, Alabama is the BCS Champion. They are #1. Boise is top 5 but their win over Va Tech doesnt mean so much these days. Boise will play in a BCS Bowl if they take care of business. But I don't see them jumping over an SEC or Big 10 team (or Big 12 or Pac 10) to play in the championship game. Strength of schedule has to play a part.

September 21, 2010  09:27 AM ET
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No, Alabama is the BCS Champion. They are #1. Boise is top 5 but their win over Va Tech doesnt mean so much these days. Boise will play in a BCS Bowl if they take care of business. But I don't see them jumping over an SEC or Big 10 team (or Big 12 or Pac 10) to play in the championship game. Strength of schedule has to play a part.

Sure, I agree SOS plays a role...

.. but, to what extent?

September 21, 2010  09:28 AM ET
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Not an OU fan but thoroughly contained might be a bit of a stretch. I seem to recall nearly 400 yds of offense by OU.In that game......Percey Harvey was the difference.

I stated "contained" not "stopped"....

... if memory serves me correctly, a goal line stand, interception, and allowing a total of 14 points is pretty well "contained" for an offense that was averaging over 40 points a game.

September 21, 2010  09:29 AM ET
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exactly.Who looks pretty this week boys.

It's definitely a beauty contest.

September 21, 2010  09:30 AM ET
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That doesn't change it from being a beauty contest and she who looks prettiest gets the votes. Or whoever ESPN pimps the loudest.

Bingo...

... they pimp their favorites:)

September 21, 2010  09:31 AM ET
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I am not even sure what you are suggesting but in the end OOC rarely means anything. Why do you think Boise beat the crap out of Wyoming this past week. Opened up the playbook and threw everything but the kitchen sink at them to run up the score.Trust me, by years end, if everything plays out, you will hear, why is Tx ranked ahead of Boise. Boise beat Wyoming 56-7 in Wyo and Tx only beat them 34-7 at home. Clearly Boise is better.

lol... if only it were that simple lol

September 21, 2010  09:31 AM ET
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History clearly shows that "offensive juggernauts" are NEVER the best teams...... those video game offensive don't score nearly as much against legitimately good defenses.The most recent example being the Oklahoma offense which set records, being thoroughly contained by Florida 2 years ago.If Oregon is considered "great" because of their offense, they are not great.They'd better have a good defense or ever team in the top 5 will shallack them.

Doesn't Oregon have a pretty good defense to go along, with that "offensive juggernauts" ?

September 21, 2010  09:31 AM ET
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Not an OU fan but thoroughly contained might be a bit of a stretch. I seem to recall nearly 400 yds of offense by OU.In that game......Percey Harvey was the difference.

363 yards.

And zeroU averaged almost 60 pts a game coming into the contest. They scored 14.

Not much of a stretch...

September 21, 2010  09:32 AM ET
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Sure, I agree SOS plays a role.....

What does Spurrier have to do with any of this?

 
September 21, 2010  09:37 AM ET
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Trust me, by years end, if everything plays out, you will hear, why is Tx ranked ahead of Boise. Boise beat Wyoming 56-7 in Wyo and Tx only beat them 34-7 at home. Clearly Boise is better.

IMHO, I think that is the way it should play out! The Rating should be based on, head to head or common opponents.

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