I had been meaning to write a long winded, highly intelligent, numbers packed, equal love giving pre-BCS Natty preview. But, I forgot. Ok, I lied, I didn’t forget… I just didn’t do it. So it is very late to write anything of incredible substance seeing as kickoff is in a little less than an hour. Nevertheless, I’m going to give a few words to all those curious to know what brews in my mind regarding this monstrosity of a football game.
I, in my heart of hearts, staying loyal to the PAC-10 and the Northwest, and above all being an Oregonian, am going to roll with the green and yellow, oh so mellow Ducks. Loyalty aside, I’ve watched both teams tear up their respective conferences over the season and think this will be a fairly even match-up. The thing that turns the tide for me is the trust I have in Oregon’s defense throughout the game, especially when that 3rd quarter and the second half start. Every game, save for the PSU and New Mexico, saw the Ducks rise to the occasion and stymie the opposition. Stanford was steady rolling, throwing and making the whole of Eugene feel sick in that first half by rolling up 31 points. They were silent after that when the Ducks dialed in and ratcheted up the pressure. Tennessee is another example where the Ducks again were not closing lanes and allowed running backs to rip off 20-35 yd runs at a time in the first, only to have a ball in the second half and hush up Rocky Top Nation. And in easily their most tested victory of the season against Cal, I feel they showed that they can win ugly. I TRUST THESE GUYS TO DO WORK.
Auburn, you’re cool, I’d write about you if I had the time. I just don’t have time to laud Cam Newton, Michael Dyer, Onterrio McCalebb, Darvin Adams and Nick Fairley. I just don’t. Know that I liked what you did during the regular season, check my twitter for proof. But it’s time for the PAC-10 to step out on the national stage in the granddaddy of them all- THE NATTY.
“Mirror mirror mirror, tell me whadda see/Ducks race, 1st place, winning with ease.” Here’s to a great game, and a Ducks victory. Cheers, be safe and have a great night.