It looked like the rout was in on the first 65 seconds of the game. Instead, it ended up being a dizzying array of skill position players from USC and Oregon all competing for highlight reels and SportsCenter's Top Ten Plays.
Oregon, dressed in its all-white Vapor unis, looked like Star Wars storm troopers when it took the opening kickoff and marched down the Coliseum's field scoring a touchdown after five plays from scrimmage. The Ducks wound up beating the USC Trojans 62-51.
What we had was flashy uniforms, flashy running, flashy passing and flashy statistics. All that was missing was a flasher.
In the first half alone, USC and Oregon combined for 864 yards of offense. Football purists—and they're usually boring as hell anyway—will argue that this game was lacking any semblance of defense and it was just a video game coming to life.
And what is really wrong with that? America is dying for a video game after last year's snooze fest aka, the Game of the Century I and II.
Great defense is certainly appreciated, but what's so bad about watching some great offense for a change? Apparently, football fans are starting to voice their opinion on the matter and it's gaining steam on twitter.
Why is that?
Because football is entertainment and football fans are not being entertained as much as they would like. It's become dull and predictable in certain conferences.
Pac-12 football is entertaining. Stanford's 54-48 overtime thriller against Arizona was fantastic. So was UCLA's 45-43 victory over Arizona State. Points are fun. Points mean your offense has a pulse.
The Mid-American Conference may not offer a lot of potent defenses but its games are nothing short of spectacular—it even has a hash tag of #MACaction on twitter.
The economy stinks, gas prices are high and lots of people are unemployed. What these people want is a good reason to spend $20 on gas, $30 on parking, $50 on a ticket and $25 on beer.
Entertain us. That's what college football is supposed to be all about.
College football should be like your first trip to Disneyland—a Space Mountain odyssey that keeps your nails bitten down to their quick.
Oregon is that wild ride. Oregon makes you feel like a kid again. Oregon makes you smile.
Laugh at the Ducks all you want, but you're not going to see them pull a snoozer out of their feathered wings. The Pac-12 gets ripped for lack of defense but maybe that's because of all the superior offenses its teams have to play.
Fans don't like games like that dumpster fire of a game between Mississippi State and Auburn in 2008—Auburn beat Mississippi State 3-2. That wasn't a great defensive game.
It was poor offense.
Defending a poor offensive effort due to great defense is one thing, but not all poor offensive performances are due to great defense. There is a difference and it's time fans recognize that.
Oregon has a great offense that looks unstoppable. It is unstoppable. But just because you can't stop it doesn't mean you have poor defense. What is does mean is that a team has an offense that is superior to anything you throw in its way to stop it.
It's an eye-glistening, jaw-dropping display of fun. It means we are entertained.
It means that maybe, just maybe, the Ducks have finally arrived.
And we would love for that to happen on January 7, 2013.