Source: USA Today

1) Don’t look now but the Ducks could quack all the way to the playoffs

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The Ducks looked all but dead in the water after blowing a 21-6 lead over Auburn the first week of the season. But now a path seems to exist for the Ducks to make the CFP. After a dominating performance at USC the Ducks went out and beat a highly ranked Utah team in the Pac 12 title game and find themselves in the playoffs. Oregon is currently ranked 7th in the nation and all the undefeated teams above them except Clemson will be in some form be playing each other. It would also help the Ducks if Utah can continue to win until the conference championship game. If the Ducks get in do not sell them short because they have maybe the best quarterback in the country and a defense that is improving.

2) Is Brian Kelly’s job in danger?

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The real question here is not is his job in danger, the proper question is should it be in danger. Considering the expectations at a program like Notre Dame that answer should be a resounding YES! The Irish got demolished and embarrassed at Michigan two weeks ago and barely escaped the Hokies of Virginia Tech this past weekend. Sure Kelly is winning ten games a year, but just ask anybody that has ever coached at Notre dame if a ten-win season every year is enough. The simple answer is that it is not. Kelly is a very good coach and has done an excellent job rebuilding the Irish program but somebody else may be needed to put the Irish over the top.

3) Can Memphis find themselves playing on New Year’s day?

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The Tigers beat SMU in a pulse-pounding down-to-the-wire game that will be talked about on Beale Street for years to come. The Tigers program has been building to a moment like this the last few years and they seem ready to explode onto the national stage. Appalachian State was upset, Boise State and Cincinnati survived big-time scares and Memphis seems destined to possibly battle the Cincinnati Bearcats for that New Year’s Day bowl appearance. They will play in Memphis at the end of the season in a game that promises to be just as explosive as the game we saw this past Saturday night.