Nov 24, 2012; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner (24) is checked by the Oregon team doctor following an injury against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

Oregon Ducks Football: Was This Season a Disappointment?


The expectations to reach the national championship weren’t met this season, coming down to a missed field goal in overtime against Stanford. Do you consider this season as a disappointment because of that?

Ricky: No, this season is not a disappointment by any means. Things that you need to think about is that: 1) USC was ranked #1 in the preseason and many thought they could make a run for the title with Matt Barkley, 2) Oklahoma was ranked ahead of Oregon in the preseason and had big expectations, and 3) the Ducks only lost one game so far this season. To me, USC’s season is a disappointment…not Oregon’s.

Ray: This season shouldn’t be considered a disappointment.  It’s very difficult to go undefeated as only Notre Dame accomplished that feat this season (as an eligible postseason team).  They could still play in a BCS bowl and that is the goal every year.

Brian: Yes, but that’s how college football works. With no playoff system, generally the top 15 or so teams should be disappointed that they didn’t even have a crack at the title. The system sucks but it is what it is until we finally get at least a four-team playoff.

Mike: Disappointment, given that Chip Kelly raised the bar with two Rose Bowls and a national title game appearance in his first three seasons. Playing in the Pac-12 North was more difficult this season with the improvements from Oregon State, Stanford, and Washington. But when push comes to shove losing at home for the second year in a row on a missed field goal derailed another chance at a national title.

The Autzen Zoo staff includes lead editor Brian Spaen along with staff writers Mike Vamosi, Raymond Mencke, Jr., Ricky Widmer, and contributor Joe Soriano.

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  • James Rothstein

    Disappointment given that we still have the same field goal kicker, and lost another critical season-changing game due to a missed field goal.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      With the BCS, no season in which a team is perennially ranked in the top-5 should be considered disappointing. So you lose a game to a team that really was a robbed-OT-touchdown away from beating the team that’s currently in the title game. So what?

      Oregon represented the Pac-12 well and we’re super proud of you guys. The Ducks didn’t lose to an also-ran or first-year conference team like Texas A&M. Stanford’s damn good.

      Outside of UCLA, my rooting interests were heavily with the Ducks. Ask Brian: I consistently ranked Oregon No. 1 in my top-25′s when no one else would.

      You guys did well. Awesome season and we look forward to our trip to Eugene next year.

      • Rod Wirtz

        A breath of fresh air…from down south no less. Thank you for your support (and for helping ruin USC’s season).

  • Rod Wirtz

    What a shame. One of the greatest college football coaches to come along in a long time and he’s actually considering becoming just another forgotten coach in the No Fun League. He’ll try to make it fun but there are too many egos and obstacles.

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