After some initial problems, the Oregon Ducks have built a 38-7 halftime lead on Tennessee. Because this game is apparently no longer in question for the fans, the Ducks' crowd have already moved onto their next potential SEC opponent: top-ranked Alabama.
RT @ESPN_Pac12blog: Oregon student section is chanting "We want 'Bama." Sort of getting ahead of things, but you have been heard.— QuackCave (@QuackCave) September 14, 2013
Ducks supporters are also mocking Tennessee for their conference affiliation:
Oregon student section chanting "SEC! SEC! SEC!" at Tennessee's players.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) September 14, 2013
This comes just days after Oregon offensive lineman Jake Fisher sarcastically told a reporter that he and his teammates were "really scared" of the "big, strong and fast" SEC. Clearly, Oregon -- which lost a late game against conference rival Stanford to get knocked out of BCS National Championship contention and beat Big 12 champ Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl -- is itching for a fight with America's best college football conference.
Saturday marks the first time that Oregon has faced an SEC opponent since the Ducks lost their 2011 opener against LSU. The Ducks have not defeated an SEC team since 2010, when they pounded Tennessee 48-13 in Knoxville.
After an early Tennessee touchdown, the Ducks have scored 38 consecutive points to close the first half.