The first USA Today coaches poll of the season was released this morning, and it left the Oregon Ducks out of the top 10.
The fact that the two players vying for the Ducks’ vacancy at quarterback only have one start plus garbage time in total combined experience, makes Oregon at No. 11 less of an outrage.
Or as Rob Moseley so eloquently put it:
Given the departure of potential Heisman Trophy candidate Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon will turn to either a senior with more career knee injuries in college (two) than starts (one), or a sophomore whose most encouraging performance was in mop-up duty of a loss — two years ago. Pretty bleak, when viewed objectively.
With that said, I won’t argue with No. 11 and I just hope either Costa or Thomas can turn into 2008 Masoli (or better — fingers crossed!).
Some other notes:
- Only two Pac-10 teams made the list: both Oregon schools, with OSU slotting in at No. 22. Although five other teams were in the “also receiving votes” category.
- USA Today already has Costa as the guy to step in for Masoli.
- The only time Oregon has ever been higher to start the season was 2001, when the Ducks were No. 8 in the preseason coaches’ poll.