In Week 9 of NCAA football action, the Oregon Ducks (7-0) will be facing off against the Colorado Buffaloes (1-6). While the Ducks look to maintain their flawless record, the Buffaloes will look to pull out an upset as their only win of the season came last month against Washington State (2-5).
In last week's matchup, Colorado was blown out by the USC Trojans 50-6 at the Los Angeles Coliseum and must face an equally tough challenge this week against the Ducks. Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley put up a clinic in the pocket. Needing four touchdowns to become the USC and Pac-12 Conference all-time leader (103), the rising star actually passed for six.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Buffaloes coach Jon Embree stated the following in regards to his team's sub-par performance against the Trojans:
"We have a ways to go no matter what the score is, we have a ways to go. We've got some work to do and we'll continue to do it. We'll do what we have to do to get it fixed. You have to compete."
In what was slated to be Oregon's first real test on Thursday night, the Ducks passed with flying colors as they took out Arizona by a final score of 43-21. However, the team did slip a bit on defense by allowing two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Nonetheless, they pulled off a strong victory.
Freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota, who many predicted would be annihilated by the ASU defense, ended up with a three touchdown trifecta: on a pass, on the run and receiving the football. Unfortunately for the Ducks, their impressive showing didn't convert the way they would have liked in the BCS computers. Although Oregon was placed with a no. 2 ranking in both of the human polls, they only averaged a No. 6 in the combined computer polls.
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