Friday, October 19, 2012

0 Oregon made a statement...against a team that lost to Missouri

By Kenny Howell

Going into last night's game against Arizona State, the word "statement game" came up a lot.

They were going on the road to face a 5-1 Sun Devil team who some people had ranked. Of course, Oregon, being one of the better teams in the nation, steamrolled Arizona State en route to a 43-21 victory. Which really isn't that big a margin, but it was 43-7 at the half, and the Sun Devils scored two touchdowns late.

Twitter was abuzz last night after the game with people saying that this was the year the SEC doesn't win the national title because Oregon is for real. John Canzano of The Oregonian called the win a masterpiece. I am not going to deny that the Ducks are a great team, I have them ranked No. 2 in my poll. But a win over Arizona State is not impressive. And definitely not a masterpiece.

Look at how the Sun Devils got to 5-1. They got wins over Northern Arizona, Illinois, Utah, California and Colorado. Their combined record 13-19. If you take out Northern Arizona's record, which has come mostly against FCS schools, the record is 8-18. Their loss came against Missouri. Missouri. Probably the 11th best team, maybe 12th, in the SEC right now.

So let's halt the bandwagon for just a bit until Oregon takes on one of the bigger teams in the Pac-12, like USC or Stanford. But even then, USC beat Washington by 10, and Stanford lost to them. LSU, who is maybe the third best team in the SEC, beat Washington by 38.

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