1. Once again, Oregon played down to an inferior opponent
The playoff committee may very well penalize the Ducks for playing down to yet another opponent and maybe that’s the wake-up call this team needs.
This has been a common theme with Oregon all season long and it continues to haunt the Ducks as they needed all 60 minutes to put the Washington State Cougars away. That’s just not acceptable for a national title contender and the No. 3 team in the playoff rankings.
Looking back, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. In Week 1, the Ducks let Fresno State hang around. In Week 3, they were up just 17-7 on Stony Brook at halftime before pulling away. The following week, it was Arizona who hung around for three quarters before Oregon put the Wildcats away. The Ducks lost to Stanford, let Cal hang around for far too long, let UCLA come back and make things interesting, and trailed Washington early last week.
Oregon needs to start adding some style points to its playoff resume or the committee is going to have a tough time giving the Ducks a nod in the top four.
We might just see Ohio State jump the Ducks in the CFP rankings this week.