Rose Bowl Keys, Prediction and Open Thread


You’ll have to excuse me for not finishing with the linebackers and defensive backs. I decided I wanted to actually spend time with friends and family over winter break instead of just writing about Oregon football. Crazy, right?
And I’m writing this from my girlfriend’s cousin’s living room. Lucky for me, no one is up yet.
If you’ve been reading my position analyses so far, then you have a pretty good idea of what I expect to happen. But there are a few keys things that need to happen for the Ducks to get their first Rose Bowl victory in 15 years.
Big Game Masoli: So far, Jeremiah Masoli has been at his best when the pressure is on – both Civil Wars, the Holiday Bowl, USC, Arizona, etc – but this is by far the biggest of them all (hence, the Rose Bowl nickname).
This is the toughest defense Masoli will have faced in his career, especially with Ohio State’s prowess stopping the run.  The all-conference quarterback needs to get Ed Dickson involved early, speed up the tempo, and keep the Buckeyes defense guessing.
Just a heads up Ohio State fans, Masoli is a little better than Tate Forcier.
Get to Pryor’s Head, and Knee: Terrelle Pryor has had problems keeping his composure this season, even visibly yelling at teammates on the field during the Purdue game. With the news of Pryor’s partially torn PCL, I’m pretty sure I can guess how Nick Aliotti is going to start the game – pressure, pressure and more pressure.
The Ducks need to make Pryor feel uncomfortable, and if the former top recruit starts worrying about his knee more than finding the open receiver downfield, that spells disaster for the Buckeyes.
The 400,000 Duck fans that came down to Pasadena should help too.
Speed Racer: Ohio State has never seen an offense that plays at this fast of a tempo before. They’ve had over a month to prepare, but how will they be able to react on the field with the Ducks no huddle spread?
I feel Ohio State will keep up at first, but Masoli, LaMichael James and company will tire out the bigger, slower Buckeyes. If that happens, this game is over.
Recent Bowl History: How you do in a bowl game is based much more on motivation and desire than actual talent. Like we’ve seen so much this season, the better team often lets down because they think they should be in a better game and have nothing to gain by beating a weaker opponent.
Oregon State went from the Rose Bowl to the MAACO Bowl and got run over, Boise State beat Alabama last year because the Tide went from the championship game to playing a mid-major.
Ohio State is used to playing Texas, USC or an SEC power, will they get up for little ol’ Oregon the same way as the others? (Not that they did well against the others)
Prediction: Let’s just say, if by some chance I woke up and found $500 in my pocket tomorrow, I would parley all of it on Oregon and the over.
Oregon’s tempo wins out and runs away from Ohio State in the end.
Final: Oregon 38, Ohio State 23.
I want to make this a pre-game open thread. What are your thoughts? (Crazy Buckeye fans too)
It's easy: rattle Pryor, win the game.

It's easy: rattle Pryor, win the game.

You’ll have to excuse me for not finishing with the linebackers and defensive backs. I decided I wanted to actually spend time with friends and family over winter break instead of just writing about Oregon football. Crazy, right?

And I’m writing this from my girlfriend’s cousin’s living room. Lucky for me, no one is up yet.

If you’ve been reading my position analyses so far, then you have a pretty good idea of what I expect to happen. But there are a few keys things that need to happen for the Ducks to get their first Rose Bowl victory in 93 years.

Big Game Masoli: So far, Jeremiah Masoli has been at his best when the pressure is on – both Civil Wars, the Holiday Bowl, USC, Arizona, etc – but this is by far the biggest of them all (hence, the Rose Bowl nickname).

This is the toughest defense Masoli will have faced in his career, especially with Ohio State’s prowess stopping the run.  The all-conference quarterback needs to get Ed Dickson involved early, speed up the tempo, and keep the Buckeyes defense guessing.

Just a heads up Ohio State fans, Masoli is a little better than Tate Forcier.

Get to Pryor’s Head, and Knee: Terrelle Pryor has had problems keeping his composure this season, even visibly yelling at teammates on the field during the Purdue game. With the news of Pryor’s partially torn PCL, I’m pretty sure I can guess how Nick Aliotti is going to start the game – pressure, pressure and more pressure.

The Ducks need to make Pryor feel uncomfortable, and if the former top recruit starts worrying about his knee more than finding the open receiver downfield, that spells disaster for the Buckeyes.

The 400,000 Duck fans that came down to Pasadena should help too.

Speed Racer: Ohio State has never seen an offense that plays at this fast of a tempo before. They’ve had over a month to prepare, but how will they be able to react on the field with the Ducks no huddle spread?

I feel Ohio State will keep up at first, but Masoli, LaMichael James and company will tire out the bigger, slower Buckeyes. If that happens, this game is over.

Recent Bowl History: How you do in a bowl game is based much more on motivation and desire than actual talent. Like we’ve seen so much this season, the better team often lets down because they think they should be in a better game and have nothing to gain by beating a weaker opponent.

Oregon State went from the Rose Bowl to the MAACO Bowl and got run over, Utah beat Alabama last year because the Tide went from the championship game to playing a mid-major.

ESPN’s Ted Miller mentioned that Ohio State is used to playing Texas, USC or an SEC power, will they get up for little ol’ Oregon the same way as the others? (Not that they did well against the others)

Prediction: Let’s just say, if by some chance I woke up and found $500 in my pocket tomorrow, I would parley all of it on Oregon and the over. (Ducks by 3 1/2, over/under 50 1/2)

Oregon’s tempo wins out and runs away from Ohio State in the end.

Final: Oregon 38, Ohio State 23.

I want to make this a pre-game open thread. What are your thoughts? (Crazy Buckeye fans too)

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22 responses

  1. PS: Oregon is going for its first Rose Bowl WIN in 93 years, not 15. It’s the first appearance in the game in 15 years.

    Otherwise, solid blog.

  2. This will be one of those games where Ohio State will be pumped early and start out strong. Masoli gets a little too excited early so he might start out sluggish but look for the Ducks to settle down and get their game going and Ohio State will have major problems stopping us and our D will get to Pyrors head. Oregon 35 Ohio State 21.

  3. A Duck’s Mourning After

    There’s got to be a morning after
    If we can hold on through the night
    We had our chance to score a touchdown
    But kicked a field goal out of spite

    Oh, will we see the morning after
    It’s waiting right outside the four
    We did not cross the upon the goal line
    And try to score just seven more

    Oh there could be a morning after
    If we don’t fumble through the night
    We had our chance to score a touchdown
    But laid a duck egg out of sight

    Is it too late, we should be winning
    Only with points can ducks fly
    Is it too late, our defense giving
    Let’s put our feathers on the line

    There’s got to be some glory after
    At least we played in a Rose bowl
    We did not beat the mighty buckeyes
    So Were 0 – 8 for evermore

  4. WERE I PRONE TO PROSE OR POETRY
    IF I COULD MAKE WORDS RHYME IN TIME
    I MIGHT HAVE SEEN AN OREGON TEAM WHO
    COULD HAVE GIVEN OHIO STATE A FIGHT

    SORRY TO SAY THAT WAS NOT TO BE
    THE BUCKEYES BEAT THEIR BUTTS,
    ONE MIGHT SAY, RATHER SOUNDLY!

  5. Sports dude you must have been reading too many of your own sports clippings. You couldn’t have been more wrong about the poor slow Buckeye not being able to keep up. Looks like iw was the other way around.

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    И чтобы здоровых детей не рождалось.
    За ваши ресурсы дадим мы вам шприцев,
    И спирта цистерны, до смерти упиться.
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    Для нас вы все быдло: дерьмо, папуасы,
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    Вы слышите, свиньи, мы стали богаты,
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    Больные, уроды для нас не опасны —
    Мы их уничтожим поддельным лекарством.
    Вы все постепенно умрете бомжами,
    И долю такую вы выбрали сами.
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    Так будьте «здоровы», «живите богато»,
    Насколько позволит вам ваша зарплата.
    А если зарплата вам жить не дозволит —
    Так вешайся, быдло, — никто не неволит.

    автор не известен

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