Today is a historic event. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Throughout the entire history of the Pacific Coast Conference, Pac-8, Pac-10, and now Pac-12, there has never been an underdog as big as Colorado, who just fumbled a kickoff. Good hustle, buffaloes.
Colorado is a premier example of a conference expanding to try to draw larger TV markets—in this case, Denver. They are the historical 3rd-best team in the Big-8, a conference dominated by Nebraska and Oklahoma. Their mythical National Championship in 1990 was aided by the infamous "5th down" play. They have a Heisman winner in their past, too. But most people only remember Colorado because of the scandal-laden Barnett years of the mid-2000s.
The all-time record between Oregon and Colorado is tied at 8-8... for an hour or two at least.
I remember Oregon fans talking about the 2002 Fiesta Bowl between these two teams. Colorado fans were obnoxious blowhards until the game happened. Afterwards, they were nowhere to be found. Judging from the emptiness of the visitors' section at Autzen, I'm not sure if Colorado fans even exist.
12:28 Oregon 14, Colorado 0
I literally got into the press box just in time to see Oregon score a touchdown several plays after Colorado fumbled the opening kickoff. Our good friends in Boulder are playing like their coach bet on Oregon. Which doesn't make sense as anyone knows that Chip Kelly is going to bench his starters once the Ducks are up by 40 points.
"There are three fouls on the offense on the play" - Official
I guess if you can't play well, you might as well play dirty. Boorish offensive attempt by the buffaloes.
6:56 Oregon 21, Colorado 0
Oregon scores again following an impressive display of Colorado's attempt to instigate the mercy rule by leaving Kenjon Barner completely uncovered on the play that got the Oregon offense inside the 5-yard line.
Kenjon Barner's 70-some-odd-yard TD run is called off because of a questionable holding call. I'm not sure of why the officials are bothering with these trivial calls. They're just delaying a touchdown to help a team that does not belong in the conference. Network executives likely share my thoughts.
BREAKING: De'Anthony Thomas is really good. 44-yard run down the sideline by Oregon's finest backup running back.
1:44 Oregon 28, Colorado 0
DAT scores on a 16-yard play. I'm not sure why the unwashed masses insist this game is played. The underdog mantra was aided by Stanford beating USC despite being a 41-point underdog in 2008... but that was USC. Oregon doesn't fool around with this garbage.
You guys remember Arizona State? You know, those plucky underdogs who so adorably thought they'd beat Oregon last week? Well, they're up 14-0 on the beavlings' most impressive win, UCLA, right now. Conference play this year is setting up to be a big road bump for the Ducks' national championship game appearance.
De'Anthony Thomas 4 carries for 84 yds & TD so far. Career: 112 carries, 1,081 yds (9.7avg.) #GoDucks #UOCUâ Andy McNamara (@McNamaraUO) October 27, 2012
Ducks 49, Buffs 0. With 6:16 left in the half. Obscene mismatch.â Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 27, 2012
So basically, Larry Scott diluted the competitive level of a conference for an underdistributed network.â Dan Rubenstein (@DanRubenstein) October 27, 2012
I've said this several times but there are few teams worthy of sharing the field with the 2012 Oregon Ducks. Colorado is not one of them.â John Locanthi (@HuekahJohn) October 27, 2012
No starters on the field as Oregon's defense takes the field to start the second half.â Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) October 27, 2012
No shit, Sherlock RT @espn_pac12blog The absurdity is USC is down just 10-7. I am liking Ducks more & more Nov. 3.â John Locanthi (@HuekahJohn) October 27, 2012