After a week of hype, Oregon fans can finally relax after a blow-out win over ASU in Tempe.
The trap game story line was only relevant for about a minute after an Oregon fumble and a Sun Devil touchdown within the first three plays. After that, Oregon rolled to 43 first half points to seal the victory. While Chip Kelly's Ducks were on track to score close to a 100 points during the game, they subbed down to get some of the non-starters some playing time - and Arizona State went on to score 14 second half points. Unfortunately, the PAC-12's best friends, viewers (and voters) on the east coast, like always, went to bed before witnessing the subbing of the starters. Good thing the BCS computers don't take margin of victory into consideration.
Chip Kelly, the Ducks, and all the fans know what needs to occur. Win out. At the end of the day, all you have control over are your own actions, which means Colorado next week, No. 10 USC, then Cal, No. 20 Stanford and No. 8 Oregon State. While the Ducks strength of schedule has not been strong so far at all, with the remainder of the season, including another game in the PAC-12 Championship game (granted winning the North), Oregon should have nothing to worry about.
The truth of the matter is, we collectively, as Oregon fans, know that both No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida are about to go through a gauntlet of ranked teams. Combined, both untested SEC teams will be facing six ranked teams over the next few weeks. Speaking of strength of schedule, look at No. 1 Alabama. The opponents the Crimson Tide has defeated have collectively only beaten seven major conference opponents (SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC-12). Talk about cupcakes. Why has nobody been talking about this? Right, it's that east-coast, SEC bias again. Either one, or both, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida will falter, putting the Ducks right back where they want to be.
The only thing on Oregon fans mind right now is why the rain had to come back so soon. Go Ducks.