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December 3, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Oregon wins Pac-10 title

Boy, there’s a sure-to-be-popular headline to write on this blog. I was trying to think if I could possibly write anything that would hack off some of you guys even more. I doubt it.
Anyway, the Ducks have won it, and will go to the Rose Bowl, where in my estimation, they will beat Ohio State handily. From a UW standpoint, that will at least make the Pac-10 look good.
But I thought I’d use the occasion of Oregon finally settling the issue to review the Pac-10 pre-season media poll and see how on or off we were.
Here it is:
1. USC (28 first place votes), 316 (total points, based on 10 points for first, nine for second, etc.)
2. Cal (3) 277
3. Oregon (1) 250
4. Oregon State 216
5. Arizona State 155
6. Stanford 150
7. UCLA 145
8. Arizona 142
9. Washington 74
10. Washington State 35
I was not the one who voted for Oregon, instead joining the masses who sided with USC.
The big misses will be USC and Arizona State in terms of being picked too high, and Arizona, Oregon and Stanford in being picked too low. Cal, UCLA, Washington and WSU could/will all end up exactly as picked (if you consider ties, the Bears could finish tied for second) and we’re really not far off on Oregon State. (And, in another correction, UW won’t end up exactly as picked as the Huskies will actually finish no lower than eighth with ASU losing last week to finish 2-7. But depending on how the Huskies do Saturday against Cal, the selectors may not end up having been far wrong on UW).
There’s no doubt this was a time when everyone (myself included) just thought USC would reload, when it turned out the Trojans had to do some rebuilding. But there were legit reasons to question whether Oregon could really win it — specifically, a new coach, a rebuilt OL. And to be fair to us, picking the Ducks third isn’t missing by a long shot. If they’d lost tonight, that’s just where they would have ended up. (As a reader pointed out, would have been second, actually. Still, not far off of being third).
Really, the biggest misses are USC, ASU, Stanford and Arizona. USC just had more to rebuild than thought. ASU never really solved its QB issue — it had the defense to finish a lot higher. Arizona proved to have a better overall team than many thought which made up for its losses at QB and some skill positions (though I was among those who had UA higher, and worth nothing the Wildcats could still finish sixth, meaning we wouldn’t be far off). And Andrew Luck gave Stanford a better QB than I think people thought the Cardinal would have heading into the season.
I think Chip Kelly also likely clinched the Pac-10 Coach of the Year with the win tonight. Before you argue, the coaches vote on it and usually side with someone who wins the conference, or comes close to it.
And Jeremiah Masoli also likely wrapped up All-Pac-10 QB honors (with the play where he ran over the guy on fourth down probably cinching it for good).
From a Washington perspective, here’s simply hoping the Apple Cup has the same relevance again sometime soon.

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