Oregon a Better Team This Year Than Last

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Timing is everything, especially in college football.

Your best teams and best seasons often fail to align. Tom Osborne couldn't win a national title with Turner Gill and Mike Rozier, but he did with Brooks Berringer and an injured Tommie Frazier. Ohio State fell short with potentially the best team in the country in 1996 and 1998 and won it all with a limited offense in 2002. Oklahoma won a national title with Josh Heupel (and at the end of the season, a banged-up Josh Heupel), but not Jason White or Sam Bradford. So many variables are outside of your control -- schedules, injuries, other teams'...

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