It looks like Oregon will be in the top two if they win out. If you've watched all four teams, would you say Oregon is one of the top two teams in the country? Why?
Avinash Kunnath, Pacific Takes & California Golden Blogs: I would lean toward yes. That Duck offense is overwhelming Pac-12 opponents at an unbelievable pace with a freshman quarterback. At this point NFL owners are probably going to give Chip Kelly a blank check when the inevitable offers approach this offseason.
An interesting question is who the other team would be. Alabama definitely has the most talent, but their schedule might be weaker than Oregon's, and they were some dumb Les Miles decisions away from falling in Baton Rouge to an average LSU offense. I'd say Oregon and Kansas State are the two best teams, although they might not get a chance to prove it if the Tide roll the table.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: Yes. College football has never seen an offense like Oregon's this year. While, I think they have played by far the weakest schedule of any of the four team's, you just can't argue with what they have done. They easily could have put up 100 points on the bad teams they have played, basically beat the average/above average teams they have played in the first quarter and scored 62 against USC. So I guess it's not who they have beaten, but how badly they have beaten them.
Michael Preston, CougCenter: Without a doubt. Don't listen to what any East Coast pundits (cough, David Pollack, cough) might say about Oregon's defense because it doesn't matter. When you have an offense that scores, on average, 54.3 points per game, you could run 10 clones of me out there and it still wouldn't matter. This might be the most talented team Oregon has had and it should get Chip Kelly an NFL gig this offseason.
Andy Wooldridge, Building The Dam: If they win out, Oregon belongs, because that would mean they have beaten USC, Stanford, and Oregon St., all distinctly different good teams, and either the Trojans a second time, or very possibly UCLA. The diversity of those teams means Oregon has to be versatile as well as good and fast.
Jon Woods, Ralphie Report: Without a doubt. I'm not sure that they aren't the top team in the country right now. The Ducks resume may not be as strong as some others, but outside of last week's late win over the Tigers, neither is Alabama's. Notre Dame isn't in the discussion with the other three teams (and I do think they have a great team this year) and Kansas State is just a hair behind the top two.