Opinion: Oregon’s continued failure to take leap as a program lands Ducks atop Week 5 Misery Index

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Shortly after Oregon’s horrific face-plant against Stanford on Saturday, losing a 31-24 overtime game That the ducks appeared to be wrapped, it was not clear which side had the right to be offended.

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Maybe it was the Oregon fans with the referees, Who took out star defensive lineman Kyvan Thibodaux Three penalties were called for on a duck for aiming and for helping Stanford mount a game-tying drive in the final two minutes.

Or maybe it was the Pac-12 office that saw a team’s best chance of going up in smoke in the college football playoffs for the first time since 2016.

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Then again, perhaps most distressing Must be all suckers who didn’t see it coming Given that Mario Cristóbal’s ducks have a habit of reversing winable games, including 2019 when they were on track for the playoffs and lost at the end of November For a mediocre Arizona state team.

But no matter what you’re mad at, the bottom line is that Oregon couldn’t close the deal despite multiple opportunities to do so and as a program won’t move to the next level until it’s been through at least one game. Losing doesn’t stop the habit. One year for the inferior teams.

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Everyone can have a bad week in college football, but events struggling for the title usually find a way to overcome it. That’s what Oregon should have done, especially considering how well this team looked a few weeks ago. When it defeated Ohio State at Columbus. And when Oregon scored a touchdown to lead with 9:32 on Saturday and eventually take the lead over Stanford, it appeared the Ducks were going to do exactly that.

In fact, when Oregon was first down at Stanford’s 39-yard line with 2:21, the game should have effectively ended. But two false start penalties and an incomplete pass gave the Cardinal a chance to get the ball back, and a pair of individual foul penalties gifted him a 30-yard field position.

The second one – a rough passerby call – was undoubtedly suspicious. And the defensive holding penalty on the final game of regulation that gave the Cardinals another shot from the 2-yard line into the end zone wasn’t that great. If those flags cost the Pac-12 a playoff berth, it would be one of the worst goals in the history of the league to specialize in goals of its own.

Still, it can happen if you don’t show up for the half and fall behind 17-7 and your players don’t execute the stretch. Oregon can blame the referee or the league office for this loss, but at the end of the day, the Ducks had too many chances and just didn’t get the job done. That’s why Oregon is No. 1 on this week’s Misery Index, a weekly measure of knee-jerk reactions based on what each fan base has just seen.

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