Saturday, October 27, 2012

Good Luck Ducks, Week 9: Buff



By some strange scheduling quirk, Oregon plays Colorado for the second consecutive year since the Buffaloes joined the conference. They have yet to face Utah in a Pac-12 game, which is who they would normally face in any season that does not feature a Colorado game on the schedule. I'm not really sure how this scheduling wizardry is supposed to work.

Last year's 45-2 victory over the Buffs was not very memorable. It was the only game where backup Bryan Bennett got the start (due to a relatively insignificant Darron Thomas injury) and the outcome was never in doubt. This year's Colorado team may be the worst in the entire nation. There's likely a good number of FCS teams that could beat the Buffaloes, yet the Washington State Cougars still managed to Coug It and cough up a game to CU. The odds reflect this. At last check, Oregon was a 46 point favorite, a truly staggering amount for what's ostensibly a conference game.

This is the time where I'm supposed to write about how nervous about the game I am, but I'm not. Stranger things have happened in college football, sure. But if Oregon goes out and loses tomorrow, they will have been exposed as a fraud and it's probably better for that to have happened after 7 games than later in the season when it would sting a lot more. Expect plenty of points on the Oregon side tomorrow and not so many for the other guys.


Last year's game was a bit of a snore.

Game time is high noon (PDT) with national coverage on the Pac-12 Network. Go Ducks!

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