The Oregon Ducks Owe the Utah Utes A National Championship Sized Thanks!!!
Championship Weekend is upon us College Football fans! The inaugural College Football Playoff has been a huge success thus far…with the best yet to come. Who could have foreseen that the Ohio State Buckeyes with a third string quarterback would perform the unthinkable and bring down Nick Saban and his mighty Crimson Tide? I didn’t see it coming…and I’m guessing, neither did you! Urban Meyer simply out coached his confident colleague and is poised to perhaps secure his third National Championship trophy, his first since leaving Florida several years ago.
While the Oregon Ducks were a favorite to defeat last years National Champions the Florida State Seminoles, virtually no one foresaw the 59-20 beat down that the Ducks inflicted upon the Noles coming. Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota was outstanding and the supposedly finesse oriented Ducks were absolutely brutal with physicality and simply out-manned FSU.
So now, the National Championship game is set. The Ducks and the Buckeyes Monday, January 12th, at 6:30 PM MST for all the marbles. Location is AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX. The game is on ESPN and should be a huge success. As of this writing, the Ducks are a 6 point favorite to win the game. The Oddshark.com computer prediction is 44 – 36 Ducks. And, http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/1/9/7511811/ohio-state-oregon-national-championship-betting-odds-over-under-spread has this to say about the game.
“Marcus Mariota and the Ducks have been steamrolling everyone in their path in recent months and could do it again on Monday night. But Ohio State’s win over Alabama proved that the Buckeyes can hang with the best, and in a game that looks like it could be a shootout between two big offenses, Ohio State can keep it close as 6-point dogs.”
There we have it. The Ducks are going to win and that’s that. Well, almost. If it wasn’t for the Utah Utes and giving the Ducks the opportunity to be just a one loss team in the first place, perhaps TCU would be playing on Monday night. What!!! Flashback to November 8th at a sold-out Rice Eccles Stadium. The Utes were ranked 18th in the College Football Playoff rankings and coming off a difficult overtime loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Ute’s were well prepared and the defense looked hungry to put the hurt on Mariota and the Oregon Ducks’ vaunted offense. The Utes had gone up 7-0 on a brilliant drive led by then uninjured quarterback Kendal Thompson. Early in the second quarter, the Utes looked to go up 13-0. The announcers on ESPN eluded to the Ducks only being just 03-16 when getting down 14-0. However, thanks to a fumble on the one yard line and a return for a Ducks Touchdown, the Utes truly gave the Ducks this opportunity to play for the National Championship Monday night!
For the rest of the story and how this monumental fumble impacted the Utes, Clay, and now the landscape of College Football, please check out this link. http://englandcounseling.org/kaelin-clays-utah-utes-fumble/. Go Ducks and Thanks A Ton Utah!!!