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.