Does Oregon Have a Shot at Being The First Non-SEC National Champion Since Texas in 2005?

By vincentwinter
Oregon Ducks
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Since the end of the 2005 National Championship, the SEC has dominated the title game. Can Oregon be the first to take the trophy away?

Oregon enters this upcoming season a 7/1 favorite to win the National Championship, third behind Alabama (3/1) and Ohio State (13/2).

One downfall of the Ducks this season is their schedule. Within the past two seasons, the Pac-12, especially the Northern Division, has grown stronger and stronger.

Looking into the future and hoping that everything goes right for Oregon, odds have them taking on Alabama on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. at the Rose Bowl.

This past season many people wanted to see Oregon take on Alabama instead of Notre Dame, but everyone can’t get what they want. If the 2014 National Championship gives the people what they want, can the Ducks beat the Crimson Tide?

Alabama has the huge upper hand heading into the game due to the fact that they are back-to-back champions, giving them an amazing advantage in the area of experience. But where Oregon gains their advantage is in their style of play.

There is no one that plays like the Ducks in the SEC; no team has the skill set, speed and size to challenge any team in any division like Oregon.

Back in 2010, Oregon took on Auburn in the National Championship game and lost a close one at 19-22. It wasn’t the outcome that is indicative of why the Ducks can run with the big dogs of the SEC; it was the fact Auburn entered the game averaging 41.2 points per game and was 8-0 in what is considered the best conference in America.

This game gave experience to Oregon, showing them that they have the opportunity to beat a team like Alabama or LSU; or even Texas A&M.

Do I think Oregon can beat Alabama? YES!

They could force Alabama to play a totally different style of game that they aren’t used to.

If all goes well and Oregon gets the job done, they could be hoisting the 2014 Commissioner’s Trophy—finally taking it out of the SEC’s hands.


Vincent Winter is an Oregon Ducks writer for Follow him on Twitter @sportsfans247, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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