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I still like Oregon over Bama for now and here's why:

September 16th, 2013

Last week I wrote if Alabama beat Texas A&M I'd probably re-elevate the Tide to No. 1 in the AP poll.

One of the reasons I said "probably" was in case Bama won, but gave up 628 yards in doing so. Another reason I said "probably" was just in case Oregon made Tennessee look like a JV high school team.

Since both of those things happened it's my belief that if the Ducks and Tide played each other at a neutral site last Saturday, Oregon would be more likely to win the game. Here are a few reasons I think the Ducks are still the slightly better team at this point:

-- A&M wasn't the only team to roll for more than 600 yards against an SEC opponent Saturday. Oregon covered 687 in its 59-14 win over the Vols.

-- Total turnovers for Oregon in three games: Zero, while getting seven from opponents. Total turnovers for Alabama in two games: two, while getting three from opponents.

-- Alabama fumbled at the goal line when it had a chance to close the game out. No. 1 teams don't do that.

-- Yet another Oregon weapon emerged in tight end Johnny Mundt.

-- Give it the eyeball test and boil it all down, and Oregon is Texas A&M with a better defense. Marcus Mariota would've been able to abuse the Alabama corners as much as Johnny Manziel did Saturday, and maybe without the two interceptions considering he hasn't thrown one yet.

Here's my poll:

1. Oregon

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Clemson

5. Stanford

6. Louisville

7. LSU

8. Florida State

9. Texas A&M

10.  Georgia

11. Oklahoma State

12. South Carolina

13. Oklahoma

14. UCLA

15. Northwestern

16. Michigan

17. Miami

18. Washington

19. Baylor

20. Arizona State

21. Notre Dame

22. Wisconsin

23. Ole Miss

24. Michigan State

25. Texas Tech

Here's how the entire panel voted:

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Clemson

4. Ohio State

5. Stanford

6. LSU

7. Louisville

8. Florida State

9. Georgia

10. Texas A&M

11. Oklahoma State

12. South Carolina

13. UCLA

14. Oklahoma

15. Michigan

16. Miami

17. Washington

18. Northwestern

19. Florida

20. Baylor

21. Ole Miss

22. Notre Dame

23. Arizona State

24. Wisconsin

25. Texas Tech

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