Collegefootballnews' Matthew Smith Picks all the Winners for all Pac-10 Games, Week Eight
Game Day: One Is Far From a Lonely Number
So appreciate this time. That doesn't mean rub it in your rival's' face, sing from the roof tops or act like…a Husky fan, but reflect on where you've been, where you've gotten and where you'd like the Ducks to be come January.
Since Sunday afternoon Coach Kelly has continued his rhetoric, "win the day," "we don't pay attention to rankings" and "we're just trying to get better," and believe me when I say that I'm completely fine with that. You have to stay in the moment, play every game like it's your last and focus on the task at hand, but that doesn't mean you the fan can't lean back, kick up your feet and appreciate the undeniable fact that the Oregon Ducks are the number one ranked team in America!
Say that with me, the Oregon Ducks are the number one ranked team in America!
You should revel in that! Do you think Bill Musgrave saw this coming after he led the Ducks to their first bowl game in seemingly an eternity in 1989? Do you think Rich Brooks saw this coming when he bolted for the NFL at the high water mark following a Cinderella run for the roses in 1995? And do you think anyone anywhere could've envisioned this more than 10 years ago when the only ones in the world of sport who could differentiate between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers lived somewhere wedged in-between Canada and the Siskiyou Mountains?
Of course not.
The game tonight versus UCLA is a big game because it's the first of a six game stretch towards something big. If Oregon wins – and they should – they're 7-0 and more than halfway home towards the goal of an undefeated season. They can't afford to overlook the Bruins…and they won't. They can't afford to get caught up in the hoopla surrounding the BCS…and they won't. And they can't allow themselves to feel an entitlement due to a #1 ranking…and Chip Kelly will never let them, but that doesn't mean you can't walk with a hop in your step, puff your chest out and relish a moment in time that you may or may not ever see again.
I hope Oregon runs this table, ends up in Glendale January 10th and hoists the crystal football for the first time in school history, but if they don't, you still have this; Oregon is the #1 ranked team in America!
And don't forget it.
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