Oregon and quarterback Bo Nix continued to roll last week, handing UCLA its first loss of the season with a 45-30 win.
The Ducks have a legitimate claim as the best team in the Pac-12, having scored at least 40 points in each of their six straight wins and winning five of those games by at least 15 points.
The only problem was the game that preceded that winning streak. Oregon opened the season with a 49-3 loss to defending national champion Georgia.
That nationally-televised blowout will not easily be forgotten by college football fans — and could be tough to overcome for the Ducks' College Football Playoff hopes, even if they were to win the remainder of their games.
But don't tell Nix that.
According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the Auburn transfer believes Oregon could beat Georgia, which is 7-0 and ranked No. 1, if the two teams matched up again.
From Dodd's story:
"Now, if we played them again tomorrow, the game would be completely different, and everybody knows that," Nix said of the Dawgs.
Wait, that requires a follow up. Do you believe Oregon would beat Georgia today?
"I do," the senior said. "From the first game of the season, a lot of teams get so much better."
There probably aren't a lot of college football fans who would agree with that claim.
Yes, Oregon is a different team now than it was in Week One, the first game for both Nix and head coach Dan Lanning, but that game was such a mismatch (Georgia scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions before pulling its starters) that it's difficult to imagine the Ducks closing the gap this quickly.
Still, it illustrates the confidence of Nix, who has been playing the best football of his career this season.
Nix threw for 283 yards and five touchdowns in Oregon's win over UCLA. On the season, he's completed 71.5 percent of his passes and thrown for 1,809 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. He's added 382 yards and eight scores as a rusher.
Oregon fans will hope the Ducks get a shot to prove Nix correct, as it would almost certainly mean the team made the four-team College Football Playoff field.