Oregon and Oregon State remain in the AP Top 10 heading into week nine….
No one could have told me with a straight face and serious conversation that the Beavers (6-0; 4-0 Pac-12) and the Ducks (7-0; 4-0 Pac-12) would be in the AP Top 10 heading into week nine. But here we are – our two Oregon teams with two perfect records, the highest ranked duo in a single state, holding onto the No. 2 and the No.7 spot. What an exciting season it has been whether you’re a black and orange Beaver believer or a die-hard Duck.
Sophomore Sean Mannion had a lot to prove heading into this year, with the Beavs coming off a dismal 3-9 season; the worst since 1997. Oregon State was picked to finish last in the Pac-12 northern division and the thought that they would miss out on post season play for the third consecutive year cross our minds. When Mannion suffered a knee injury the same week Oregon State made the top 10, many thought it was a great ride, but that was the season for the Beavers. It was reported that Mannion would be out 3-4 weeks, and whether it was prayer or rehab, he was back in pads on the sidelines in Provo to take on BYU just 8 days after surgery. As it turned out, the Beavs didn’t need him as backup Cody Vaz stepped in and completed 20 of 32 for 332 yards and 3 TD passes; pretty impressive for his first QB start since high school. Equally impressive is the fact that BYU had only given up six touchdowns in their previous six games, but gave up six against the Beavs in Corvallis.
AP Photo - Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State followed that W with another the following week, defeating the Utes 21-7 at home in front of a crowd of over 45,000; the 5th largest ever at Reser Stadium. Next up: Washington Huskies (3-4; 1-3 Pac-12) Gametime: 7:15 PM – Pac 12 Network
And how about those Ducks? How about these stats? Fourth in the nation in rushing yards with 317; second in the nation with points scored at 51; Freshman QB Marcus Mariota has a 68.3% completion rate with 16 TD passes and 1347 yards; and if you watched the game last week against the Sun Devils, you witnessed the Ducks put 43 points on the board – and all 43 of those points were on the board just three and half minutes into the second.
No. 2 Oregon is having the season many expected. Maybe not to the degree of outscoring opponents 357 – 141, but not at all surprised they are undefeated as the head into week 9 of what may be shaping up to be the perfect season. I know the BCS doesn’t agree with me right now, but maybe it’ll come around.
AP Photo - Oregon Ducks
If I was Colorado coach Embree, I think I may have called Chip this week and asked for a forfeit. The Buffaloes have been outscored by an average of 37 points per game the past three times they have taken the field. You can expect more of that tomorrow afternoon as they head to one of the loudest stadiums in NCAA football. Oregon is raising eyebrows with what some call the most dynamic offense in college ball today. Couple that with the fact that opponents have converted just 9 of 28 red zone visits into TD’s, you can expect an old fashioned blowout.