The No. 5 Oregon Ducks were underrated. No. 3 Washington brought them back to reality with a second defeat of Oregon this season.
This week, we highlighted that teams unable to beat elite competition probably don’t deserve a chance to play in the College Football Playoff. Oregon is now 0-2 against teams with a record better than 8-4.
Washington demonstrated itself as a legitimate title contender in the match. Many believe it’s tough to beat a good team twice. The Huskies made it happen by defeating the No. 5 team twice in 2023.
Oregon’s loss likely propels Texas up to No. 6 pending Saturday’s results. A win over Oklahoma State should propel Texas to No. 5, and a Florida State loss would likely put the Longhorns into the playoff.
Here’s how social media reacted to the game.
An embarrassing ranking decision
Observation by HornSports on Oregon’s gameplay against teams with more than 6 wins and what that represents in light of the ranking.
Washington is legit
J.D. PicKell noting that playing against Washington in the first round would be quite a challenge for any team.
Pending Bo Nix’s completion percentage check
Noting that the Oregon Ducks have been eliminated from College Football Playoff contention by CJ Vogel.
Boo favors Oregon
Gerry Hamilton pondering the condition of Boo Corrigan and the implications of Oregon’s defeat.
Might want to check Texas’ strength of schedule
Glenn Burton pointing out the potential impact of the Big 12’s perceived weakness on Texas’ playoff prospects.
Oregon ended the Oregon discussion
Eye test and quality loss
D 🏆 provided a sarcastic take on Oregon’s playoff chances despite their loss.
Beat Oregon twice
Recognition given to the Washington Huskies’ achievement in beating the Oregon Ducks twice.
Can’t beat great teams, but can beat Cal
Positioned for the playoff
A prediction from a Twitter user that Texas could potentially become the best 1-loss team after Oregon’s loss.
Eye test reads 0-2 vs playoff contenders
A scathing criticism of the term “eye test” and its possible impact on justifying Oregon’s ranking over other teams.
Playoff committee whiffed
College Football Nerds’ criticism of the playoff committee’s decision-making regarding Oregon’s ranking.
The streak continues
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