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Slingin' Quack: We Are A Basketball School Anyways

Slingin’ Quack is back talking about the game against Nebraska, the injuries, the team’s improvement, and preview Colorado.

NCAA Football: Oregon at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

So this last weekend was very not chill. A lot of not chill things happened. Oregon dropped their first game of the season to Nebraska. The Ducks ran for over 300 yards and didn't have a turnover, which normally would lead one to believe that it would be a Duck win. However, when you have over 120 yards in penalties, you're going to have a bad time.

Bottomline from my perspective, if you don't separate yourself from your opponent in a significant way then it is an assumed risk that the refs might screw you. You have to be so good the refs don't matter. It's also the story of the 1991 Cotton Bowl when Miami played Texas.

Every team has injuries but it should be noted that Oregon was without some huge contributors in the loss. That isn't to excuse the loss, but to show that the team can play significantly better. We also talk about how young the team is and how next year we will see a big improvement.

Mark Helfrich is, justifiably, receiving a lot of criticism for the performance thus far of the team. But we strongly believe that Helfrich should not be on a hot seat. It's a rush to judgement and we even noticed that the comments the day after the game had shown a much cooler set of takes on Helfrich's security.

Sean elaborates on his hot take about Devon Allen's track and field career and its relation to his football career.

Lastly, we preview the game against Colorado and what we hope to see against the Buffs. Colorado played Michigan really well in the first half. The Colorado quarterback, Sefo Liufau, is still uncertain about playing in the game this Saturday. It will be a good challenge for the Ducks after they showed improvement last week.

At the very end we make the point that we are six weeks out from the college basketball season. Athlon has Oregon ranked as the number one team headed into the season.