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The real reason had nothing to do with Mariota and the injury.
It was the offensive and defensive lines. Plain and simple.
Mariota never had a good pocket against Stanford and was forced to constantly roll, step up, move around on that bad knee. They couldn't run the ball (this also showed up vs the other good DL in the Pac 12 - Utah). The offensive line was bad more often than not in the 2nd half of the season.
Defensively? Their front 7 can't stop anyone. They are undersized and young. Their LB crew is inexperienced and showed little improvement this year. They generate very little pass rush. Their corners are obviously good, arguably the best tandem in the country. The safety play has been maybe a bit inconsistent, though usually good.
Let's also not forget DeAnthony Thomas being awful, untimely turnovers, bad coaching, unpreparedness, lack of emotion. But, as football usual does, gets decided in the trenches.
Of course I want them in the BCS, but does anyone honestly feel comfortable about possibly playing an angry Alabama team? With the size and speed of their defense, the pure strength and size of that offensive line...it wouldn't surprise me to see them lose by at least 20.
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@hullcity2010 Fair enough. Good point.
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@hullcity2010 I'm sorry...CL quarterfinal match-up will always be bigger than a 3rd league game, regardless of what the stakes are. It's not a knock on their level of play but the Champions league is the premier club tournament in the world. It's not close.
Either way, I just feel like the Dortmund finish was much more improbable. Needing two goals because of away goal differential and both in injury time? Unreal.
C'mon...Dortmund vs. Malaga less than 2 weeks ago. Stakes FAR higher, and a far more improbably victory.