Last night, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908. Considering that sliced bread wasn't sold until 1928, I can literally say it was greatest thing to happen since sliced bread.
Of course, every time I watch a sports team end their championship drought, I can't help but wonder when the Oregon football team will get to end theirs. They've come close in recent years, but the Ducks are still empty handed when it comes to winning it all.
Today, SB Nation ran a story talking about title droughts in college football. The Ducks were left off the list, so here I am, adding them to the list of the most tortured teams in all of college football.
Last Claimed National Title: Never (#NoNatty)
Closest Calls: 2010 and 2014
The Oregon Ducks have appeared in two national title games, both within this decade. During the 2010 season, the Ducks went undefeated in the regular season to reach the BCS National Championship Game against Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers. That year the Ducks reached the top of the AP Poll for the first time in school history.
The game between Oregon and Auburn was everything you want in a championship. Big plays, controversial moments (DYER WAS DOWN), the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. One moment, I was jumping up and down with my closest friends. The next, I was sitting silent in disbelief and heartbreak.
If you have the stomach for it, the highlights are below:
The Ducks returned to the title game again at the conclusion of the 2014 season, this time against Ohio State. This was also the first title game that was a part of the College Football Playoff, with the Ducks defeating Florida State in the Rose Bowl to get there.
This game was still equally as frustrating, but it didn't have the heartbreaking effect that the Auburn game had. The Ducks scored the game’s opening touchdown, but would never regain the lead. The closest they came was cutting Ohio State’s 21-10 halftime lead down to one point after a touchdown and field goal, but the Buckeyes finished the game by scoring 21 unanswered points.
There are 128 teams in college football. Out of those 128 teams, less than ten percent of those will legitimately contend for a title going into a season. By the time the playoff hits, four of those 128 teams will advance for their shot at a championship. The odds may seem hopeless, but if the Chicago Cubs can win a World Series....actually, you wanna take this one, KG?