On a cold December night with over 54,000 crazed fans. There was a battle between two teams from the Pac 10 football conference. This wasn’t just any ordinary conference game its was the 113th Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State with the winner claiming the Pac 10 title and advancing to the Rose Bowl to face The Big 10 champ Ohio State. This was the first time that the winner of the Civil War was guaranteed to go to the Rose Bowl. The Beavers haven’t been to the Rose Bowl since the 60’s while the Ducks hadn’t been since 1995, but before that hadn’t been since 1957. The game lived up to all the hype and was like two heavy weight fighters trading blow for blow, and in the end Oregon held on to win 37-33 to win the outright conference title and Rose Bowl birth.
Not long after Oregon had won the game, Ohio State Buckeye fans began to fill up blogs about how Oregon is over hyped and not as good as the Buckeyes. This is were Buckeye fan has no clue about what a beat down there team will receive come New Years Day in Pasadena, Ca. The Ducks offense will be the most explosive offense that they have seen all year, and will have problems matching up with all the weapons they have. Oregon has a better quarter back, running backs, wide receivers, and special teams.
The Ducks offense is led by junior quarter back Jeremiah Masoli, who is considered one if not the best spread option quarter back in all of college football. Masoli has done it through the air and on the ground this year. He has thrown for over 2000 yards and 15 touchdowns. Also he has run for an additional 600 yards and twelve touchdowns. With the exception of the first game this season no one has really been able to contain Masoli, who will most likely be the All Pac 10 first team qb. His numbers are better than Tim Teabow of Florida who is considered by some the greatest college football player ever.
Next is the explosive freshmen running back LaMichael James, who set a Pac 10 freshmen rushing record this year with 1476 yards and 14 touchdowns. This kid is a stud at only 5’9 180 he has been known to break tackles frequently by guys that outweigh him by 100 pounds or more. He has drawn many comparisons to Barry Saunders who was the greatest running back to ever play the game. Whenever James touches the ball he has the ability to take it the distance just like we saw in the Civil War game when he broke one for 52 yards and his third td on the night. LaMichael is lightning in a bottle as no one has figured out how to stop him.
The Oregon receiving corps is lead by junior Jeff Maehl who has 52 catches for 686 yards and 6 tds. Also Ed Dickson who has 42 catches for 551 yards and 6 tds is considered one of the best tight ends in college football. Both receivers have the big play making capacity as we saw in the Civil War when Maehl caught the ball in the first half then raced 74 yards for the score. After these two, Oregon is loaded with capable big and fast receivers for Masoli to throw to.
On special teams its Kenjon “The Burner” Barner that the Buckeyes will have to deal with. If it hadn’t been for a suspect holding call, Barner would have had his longest kick return of the season against the Beavers, and his second return for a td over 100 yards this
season. His speed should give the Buckeye special teams fits with trying to contain him.
Oregon has always got the short end of respect on the national stage, but come come January 1 they get there chance to show the big headed Ohio State fans that they are far more superior, and play a better brand of football than the Buckeyes’ play in the Big 10. With our electrifying offense that averages 40 points or more and scores at will against good defenses. Led by one of the best all around players in college football in Jeremiah Masoli, and the running game of one of the best backs LaMichael James. They also have good to better than good players like receivers Jeff Maehl, and Ed Dickson and special teams player Kenjon Barner they should give Ohio State all it can handle and then some. I’m not saying its going to be a blow out by the Ducks but what I’m sayng is BUCKEYES’ BEWARE! Your about to see one of the best offenses in all of college football. Go Ducks!