FourFourSeconds Ago, the Pac 12 was a mere footnote in college sports history.
Its first two seasons were a trainwreck, but the school had a solid foundation built on a solid pedigree.
It was the first team to make it to the College Football Playoff and, even with its flaws, was a top 10 team in the nation.
Now, it has lost six games in a row and is currently in third place in the Pac-12 standings.
A team like Arizona would be considered a dark horse in the league.
But the Wildcats haven’t made a bowl game since 2013 and have only reached the semifinals twice since then.
Arizona is tied for the third-fewest victories in Pac-10 history.
And its current streak of three straight losses is the most in league history.
It’s not a good year to be a Pac-6 team.
It’s also not a great year to play in the Big Ten.
But when a team like Oregon is still ranked in the top 10 and has played well this season, that’s the sort of performance that a program like Arizona needs.
It was a long, slow climb to the top.
But that was the plan.
It wasn’t an easy path.
The Ducks have been struggling to find their footing since 2013, when the team lost three of its first five games.
The team has lost two games in four days.
The losses are coming on the road against the Utah Utes and the Utah State Aggies, and on the way to their third consecutive loss.
In March, Ducks head coach Dave Gettleman made the bold move to replace his starting quarterback in the middle of the season.
After an initial rocky start, Oregon’s offense has improved dramatically over the past three games.
This week, the Ducks beat the Oregon State Beavers for the first time since March 15, 2015, when they defeated the Utes 31-0.
It has been an uphill climb for Oregon’s quarterbacks.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota is entering his fourth year as a starter, and he is one of the best in the country.
He completed 60.4 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and two interceptions against the Beavers.
It is a big step up from his first season, when he completed just 47.5 percent of passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
But Mariota struggled with his accuracy against Utah and had trouble keeping the ball in his hands.
When he threw it to a wide receiver, he completed only 35.9 percent of the passes for a 64.3 completion percentage.
Oregon’s receivers had an average of just 5.7 yards per reception.
After the Beers, Oregon has played the Ducks and Utah.
And while Oregon’s defense has struggled in two of its losses, it’s shown it can play with a good quarterback and run the ball.
Oregon has outscored opponents by at least 28 points in five of its past six games.
And Mariota has been able to use that to his advantage.
Mariota completed 57.2 percent of Oregon’s passes last week against Utah.
That was his highest completion percentage since the beginning of the year, and it was his second-highest percentage of his career.
His 6.6 yards per pass attempt ranked third in the conference.
It ranks fourth in the NCAA.
And it’s his highest average yards per attempt since he began his career at Oregon.
His accuracy has been even better in the red zone.
Mariots completion percentage has been 51.7 percent this season.
Oregon is playing a fast-paced, spread offense with quarterback play.
The Oregon offense has scored over the last two weeks and is averaging 26.5 points per game.
Oregon ranks second in the ACC in total offense and third in passing offense, and the Ducks rank third in scoring offense.
Oregon is averaging a whopping 6.4 yards per carry, which ranks third in FBS.
The Beavers are averaging 6.3 yards per rush, which is seventh in the SEC.
Oregon’s offense was able to put pressure on the Beavs defense early in the game.
The Eagles led by two touchdowns late in the first half and scored the next two points, before the Beaus started putting pressure on Mariota.
Oregon has a long way to go before it becomes a threat in the regular season.
But Oregon’s offensive struggles are the kind of thing that can get a team into trouble at any moment.