College Football Big Game Reaction: Oregon, Pitt, Notre Dame & More

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College Football Big Game Reaction: Oregon, Pitt, Notre Dame & More

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College Football Big Game Reaction: Oregon, Pitt, Notre Dame & More

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Oregon 34, UCLA 31 Reaction

As the man once said, just win, baby.

Oregon QB Anthony Brown threw two tough interceptions, but he ran for a team-high 85 yards and a touchdown.

The Duck defense allowed UCLA to get in the game late – and it didn’t help that Bruin QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson put together a heroic effort to keep the team alive despite getting beaten, battered, eventually knocked out of the game – but it got the game-sealing pick it needed.

There were three turnovers in all, too many struggles considering the offense converted just about every third down try – 7-of-9, actually – and …

It was a win.

Oregon is 6-1, it got the nasty victory over a good UCLA team, and now it should be smooth sailing for a while as long as it keeps its head on straight.

The defense showed what it could do for stretches when Kayvon Thibodeaux and Noah Sewell are humming, but it has to be better on third downs.

Brown has to be more consistent and be far more careful with the ball – he’s too experienced to make so many mistakes – and it would be nice if the offense could put together an even overall effort at some point this season.

It passed the big test, and now it has to study for the easy ones.

Colorado, at Washington, Washington State, at Utah, Oregon State. Those last two are a problem, but if Oregon really is that good, this schedule should be a breeze.

Oregon proved that its talent can overcome errors, and when absolutely needed, it has another gear it can go to.

If the team really is College Football Playoff-worthy, it shouldn’t need that gear for the rest of the regular season.

Week 8 Big Game Reactions 
Oklahoma 35, Kansas 23
Illinois 20, Penn State 18 9OT
Pitt 27, Clemson 17
Alabama 52, Tennessee 24
Notre Dame 31, USC 16

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