Let’s take a look at the big picture of the whole season and where we stand with one-loss teams. Do you believe that picking a one-loss SEC team for the NC was correct, or is Oregon the best one-loss team in the nation?
Raymond: Everyone knew when Oregon lost that the winner of the SEC was going to get into the BCS no matter what. I was really hoping we could see a championship game without them. I’m not really sure if Oregon is the best team with one loss but I could see them beating up on Notre Dame.
Ricky: Alabama is the best one-loss team in the nation. My biggest issue though is not with that. It is with the fact that Georgia did not get into a BCS bowl game. I do not care what the BCS rules are because Georgia should be in a BCS bowl game and not Louisville.
Brian: The Ducks faced five ranked opponents, beat four of them, and the team they lost to won the Pac-12 championship. Florida already has a better case with their resume against Alabama, and I believe that after seeing how Oregon’s defense has enough to shut down both those opponents and their offense would eventually get enough opportunities to beat them head-to-head. Yes, I believe the Ducks are the best one-loss team in the nation and I would put them second on my ballot.
Mike: Let’s face it, the SEC knows how to play the game as the rules currently are. Lose early in the season then stand back and wait for chaos to occur which allows you to swoop back in. To answer the question I do think that Oregon is the best one loss team and I say that to an audience of Ducks fans but have believed it since the loss. Losing in OT to arguable the hottest team in the nation in Stanford isn’t a bad defeat but it happened late enough that it hurts. After the Ducks I’d say Kansas State is worthy and also lost to a Baylor team playing well at the end just like it did last season, it’s all about geography and who you’ve got as a mouthpiece. Southern schools with a certain four-letter network’s backing will get more chatter than a team out west or in the nation’s heartland (not named Notre Dame).
The Autzen Zoo staff includes lead editor Brian Spaen along with staff writers Mike Vamosi, Raymond Mencke, Jr., Ricky Widmer, and contributor Joe Soriano.