Contrary to popular opinion this morning, the sky is not falling in Eugene, Oregon this Friday morning. With No. 2 Oregon falling at home to an unranked, yet now 5-0, Arizona team on Thursday night, the talks about eliminating Oregon from the College Football Playoff discussion are off and running. The only problem with that is the Ducks are far from out of the playoff mix. As of October 3, Oregon still owns one of the best non-conference wins in the country this season (Arizona now owns the most valuable win) and the Ducks still have a shot at winning the Pac-12. You would think a one-loss Pac-12 champion still has an excellent chance to be named one of the four playoff teams, right?
On this week’s podcast I said the playoff discussions can now start to take some legitimate form as we begin to see separation between the real contenders and pretenders this month. Oregon may have taken a blow Thursday night, but excuse me if I choose not to toss Oregon aside in the playoff conversation before the first weekend in October is in the books. Oregon still has some work to do to stay in that playoff picture, but a win next week at UCLA can just as quickly throw Oregon back in the playoff conversation by those writing them off this week. College football is funny that way sometimes.