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Danny Kanell Thinks Oregon Is A National Title Contender

Oregon Ducks QB and new Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert throwing a pass.

BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

No. 12 Oregon was down 28-14 early in the third quarter in Seattle on Saturday. The Ducks were on their heels, trying to garner any possible momentum.

A 10-play, 79-yard scoring drive, spanning just under five minutes, helped Oregon pull within a score late in the third quarter. The Ducks held the Huskies to just three points over the final 23-plus minutes, helping Oregon escape with a 35-31 victory after a late fourth quarter touchdown.

It wasn't pretty, and it definitely wasn't easy. But the Ducks got a win against a ranked opponent in a tough environment.

This isn't the same Oregon as was seen during the Chip Kelly years. Mario Cristobal's squad might be as physical a team Oregon has ever fielded.

Notable college football analyst Danny Kanell thinks the Ducks are a national championship contender.

Kanell may be getting a bit ahead of himself a here. After all, the Ducks lost to Auburn in the season opener. As things stand right now, the Tigers might not even finish in the top four of the SEC.

But the Ducks, led by Cristobal and QB Justin Herbert, sit at 6-1 (4-0) with a clear path to the Pac-12 championship game. Washington was their biggest remaining obstacle.

It's highly unlikely Oregon wins the championship this year, let alone makes the College Football Playoff. But things are going well in Eugene this season.