Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Colossus, how Saban's Tide has Ducks' dynasty
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown 30 touchdown passes and led the Ducks to a 10-2 record. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown 30 touchdown passes and led the Ducks to a 10-2 record. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Check your pulse, SEC fans.

If it's racing because Sports Illustrated did the cover story, "The Colossus: Oregon Redefined West Coast Football, Now It's Time to Conquer America (They're Coming for You, SEC)," then you're doing this wrong.

Putting aside the "SI jinx," Nick Saban-led Alabama is college football's colossus. The Tide has three national titles in four years ... the reigning dynasty in an era when dynasties don¹t happen much.

Does Oregon threaten the SEC's string of seven straight national titles? Sure.

Top-ranked Alabama looks to be headed for a berth in the final BCS Championship Game, and the Tide has had issues with Oregon¹s style of offense. Arguably, no team runs it better.

Then again, we saw an average Auburn defense hold Oregon to 19 points to win the 2010 national title. All it took was Nick Fairley blowing up the Ducks'

offensive line and a simplified, react-don't-think game plan to match

Oregon's frenetic pace.

This year's Oregon offense is better, especially at quarterback. Marcus Mariota has a 64 percent completion rate with 20 touchdowns and no interceptions, and accurate quarterbacks have tasked this Alabama secondary.

Then again, this Alabama defense is far better than Auburn's 2010 version. So, SEC fans, breathe. Until it happens on the field, it's just a cover story.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at jmedley@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @jmedley_star.

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