Oregon Ducks

Oregon's Ducks are the Pac-12 champions -- officially the best of the worst

Oregon Ducks

Where are all those people who were just telling me what an injustice it was that undefeated USC was ranked 13th in the College Football Playoff rankings last week?

I just wanted to tell them I agree with them. The Trojans were ranked way, way too high.

My goodness, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen a team implode in an important game as badly as the Trojans did against Oregon Friday night in the Pac-12 championship game. USC had nine penalties for 98 yards and three interceptions.

The Trojans couldn’t get out of their own way.

But there was no real reason to be surprised by the Trojans’ ineptitude. Yes, this was a 5-0 team. But did you watch them play? They were undefeated in a conference that was at its worst level since the leather-helmet days.

I watched USC beat Arizona by four points, scoring a touchdown with 25 seconds left in the game. That’s the same Arizona team that lost by nine -- nine TOUCHDOWNS -- last week to rival Arizona State. Really.

I do not fault the Ducks. They had a golden opportunity handed to them when Washington had to bail out of its final two games of the season because of COVID-19.

 

And Oregon took full advantage. Good for the Ducks. They are the best of the worst. Although Washington will make an argument about that.

But the Ducks lost back-to-back games vs. Oregon State and California and they are now called the conference champions, with more losses than three other teams in the league.

Not too many people around the country will likely notice, though, because the Pac-12 is known more for poor officiating, mind-boggling mismanagement at the top and just not very good football these days.

And the conference doesn’t seem to be aware of any of that, which would be the first step in doing something about it.