Oregon coming off the bye.
=== justin herbert early in the 1st throws his 1st pick of the season.
Don't know what the thought with that throw was.
=== ensuing drive cal off to a great start in eugene.
Modster making his first ever start.
Finds his man in the corner of the endzone.
The ducks give up their first touchdown in 3 games.
So cal goes up 7 0.
=== now in the 2nd quarter same score, the ducks have turned it over 3 times.
Michael pittman makes his first catch as a duck.
A lot of fans were ready to see that in the zoo.
=== in the 3rd.
Ducks finally get on the board.
They make their first field goal of the entire season.
28 yards is good.
7-3 cal still leading.
==== a little bit left in the 3rd and the ducks finally get on the board.
They go in the endzone from a couple yards out.
Ducks struggling in eugene tonight.
So this is where oregon and cal stand right now.
This game getting close to getting over.
We knew it would not be as easy as it looked on paper.
Cal is a tough team.
Oregon taking the lead late though.
Herbert coming through on a couple big plays.
Oregon up 17-7 mid-way through the 4th.
[a22]oregon update-2 shot cameron, you mentioned this schedule is going to get really difficult for oregon.
This is a 5 game stretch, that at one point, all 5 of them could have been ranked.
And they still could.
Let's not forget, things change dramtically when the playoff committee takes over, instead of the polls.
And there are a lot of teams with one loss.
Most pac-12 teams have one loss.
Cal received the most votes in the ap poll without getting ranked, they could easily be in the top 25.
Here is what oregon's next 4 weeks looks like.
These are 4 tough teams. if you include cal, oregon plays 3 three teams in a row that could be ranked if things had gone just a tiny bit differently.
Washington state scores a lot of points, that will be a tough matchup for oregon's stellar defense.
Usc of course has played in some tough games as well, and that one will be on the road.
But the one everyone is anticipating is that matchup with the huskies in seatlle.
In what is a tougher schedule than it looks on paper, oregon actually needs to win them all too.
This a team a lot of people feel could climb back up near the playoff.
But they can't do that if they lose another game.
That is right.
The playoff committee will start ranking on tuesday, november 12th.
And that is who oregon has to prove themselves to.
So i would argue, they need to not only win these games, but win them handily.
[a25]oregon update-vo if you are making a case to the playoff committee you have to start with the fact that only two teams took on ranked opponents in week 1.
And they played each other.
Oregon and auburn was the only serious risk taken by any ranked team to open the year.
You hit it right on the head josh.
Oregon has a loss, but by a last second touchdown, to an sec team now ranked in the top 10.
Not to mention, they lost on a last second touchdown, in a game they were could have been up 35-3 at one point.
But that could be the other side, cam.
The committee watched oregon fold in a big time moment.
And if you are talking about playoffs, those are big time moments.
You are 100 percent correct.
There is a lot to breakdown, and i promise if oregon wins out to november 5th, the committee will have a tough time with this.
Especially if auburn loses a game or two.
The very bottom line though is this, oregon has to win them all, and they have to make a case in each game.
They are also going to need a little help from the rest of the field.
Here is what duck fans should be happy about though.
We are talking about their ability to make the playoff again, for the first time in a very long time.
The improvement that oregon has undergone over the past two seasons incredible.
Especially if you just look at the numbers, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
These guys are allowing nothing.
The ducks did not do this in any of the chip kelly years.
They didnt do this in the helfrich years either.
3 straight games, 38 consecutive drives without allowing a touchdown.
The last time that happened?
Before world war 2.
[a28]oregon update-gpx this is where it get's a little ridiculous though.
Oregon is leading the pac- 12 in 6 different defensive categories.
Including these 5 on your screen.
By the way, most of these, they also rank in the top 20 in the entire nation, some of them in the top 7.
The ducks also tied for 4th in the nation in interceptions where the ducks have 6.
That defense is stoked to get back in front of the autzen crowd.
"monday through friday, regardless of its a bye week or game day, the only thing about a game week is you get to show everybody what you did throughout the week on saturday.
I mean we have two weeks under our we're looking for the challenge cal brings and the atmosphere we're going to have on saturday is going to be phenomenal.
We're just looking forward to get out there at autzen and play in front of some great fans."
Okay let's talk about that team just