College football rankings: Oregon tumbles out of Playoff race

Oregon was putting Washington away, one relentless running play at a time, chewing up clock in the fourth quarter, driving for what seemed like an inevitable clinching touchdown. The Ducks already led by four points and were at the Huskies’ 10-yard line with 4:26 to play.

And that’s when absolutely everything fell apart for Oregon (8–2). A succession of incremental mishaps built into an overarching disaster that killed its College Football Playoff dreams. After eight straight wins moved the Ducks into the margins of Playoff position, the whole thing dissolved into a 37–34 defeat. The sport can be cruel that way.

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