Oregon fans: Go, Masoli!

October, 26, 2010
10/26/10
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He Whom Shall Not Be Named needs to be named, because Oregon fans who want a clearer path to the BCS national title game should be rooting for former Ducks QB Jeremiah Masoli on Saturday.

Why? Masoli's new team, Ole Miss, plays host to Auburn, which holds the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings ahead of the No. 2 Ducks.

So how is Masoli doing these days? He's doing fairly well; his team not so much. The Rebels fell to 3-4 on the season with a loss to Arkansas, but Masoli put up huge numbers. Consider this from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Masoli ran for 98 yards on 15 carries. He completed 21 of 36 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns. His 425 yards of total offense was the second highest single-game total in Ole Miss history behind only Archie Manning's magnificent 540-yard effort against Alabama 41 years ago.


Masoli doesn't have anything approaching the supporting cast he had at Oregon -- it's doubtful whether any Ole Miss offensive player would start for Oregon -- but he's done an admirable job as a senior playing with a new team, scheme and conference.

Auburn's defense could offer Masoli a chance to shine: It's mediocre in most statistical categories but most notably ranks 101st in the nation in pass defense, yielding 248.9 yards per game.

Hmm. Maybe Oregon would be perfectly content for Auburn to keep on winning and appear opposite of it for the national title.

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