Huff: What Oregon football team means to me
The Internet was abuzz Saturday night with all sorts of scenarios that included Oregon meeting Alabama in a bowl game.
Careful what you wish for, Duck fans. If, indeed, you are crazy enough to wish for such a thing.
First off, let me say that I can't imagine Oregon making it into a BCS game. The Ducks aren't good enough this season for that. There simply must be a more deserving team than this one to go to one of those games.
But second, and most important, a bowl matchup vs. Alabama would have the potential to be very damaging to the Ducks and their brand. Oregon has worked very hard to establish itself as a BCS regular, one of the top programs in the country. And I'd be worried about what the Crimson Tide -- I don't care what happened against Auburn, still most likely the best team in the country -- could do to Oregon and its national image.
This just isn't the year to play those guys. Not with all the trouble the Duck have had stopping the run.
Alabama rushes for an average of 212 yards per game. While playing in the SEC. And could rush for a lot more but chooses to pass for 236 yards per game. It's a team with great balance and a quarterback who knows how to manage a game. Trust me, though, when Bama wants to run, it runs -- and that's what it would do against Oregon, which allowed a whopping 231 yards to Oregon State Friday. Alabama's top two running backs -- T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake -- average 6.12 and 7.54 yards per carry. The player with the third-most carries is freshman Derrick Henry. He averages 10.44 yards per carry.
Off what I saw of the Ducks' run defense in the Civil War, I cannot imagine a matchup against Alabama would end well for Oregon. And it would have the potential to end in embarrassing fashion that could damage the Ducks' national stature.