FOX's Joel Klatt says 'ridiculous' home-field advantage makes Oregon special
Oregon’s 45-30 win over then-No. 9 UCLA last Saturday featured a made-for-TV moment. FOX’s camera crew caught UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson sitting on the Bruin bench while chants of “overrated” rained down from the crowd inside Autzen Stadium.
The Bruins were 6-0. Oregon handled them. A fifth-year senior quarterback and a veteran-laden offense were relegated to spectators for large portions of the game while the Ducks flexed their offensive might for a national audience to see.
As the crowd chanted at UCLA, the fourth quarter was salting away and the Ducks were leading 45-23.
The win cemented Oregon as a team to be reckoned with on the West Coast. Not just in the Pac-12 title race, but on the national stage.
And with ESPN’s College GameDay on hand before the game, and FOX’s crew there to broadcast during, everyone got a taste of what makes the Ducks special.
Why is Oregon such a good team? FOX’s Joel Klatt said this week that a big piece of it is the home-field advantage the Ducks have at their disposal.
“They’ve got one of the best home-field advantages in all of college football,” Klatt said on The Joel Klatt Show. “Autzen was awesome. Our crew there … they did an amazing job of just showing the atmosphere. It was a great atmosphere, it was loud, and you could tell that made life really difficult on UCLA.
“That place is ridiculously difficult to play. They’ve won 23 straight games there, and that’s one of the best home-field advantages in the sport. And no one talks about it. We never talk about it. Shame on me. Shame on guys like me for not talking about Pac-12 football that way. We just never talk about atmospheres on the West Coast as being great. That’s a great atmosphere. Oregon’s got one of the best home-field advantages in the entire sport, and they proved it on Saturday. Good on you, Duck fans. That was fantastic.”
The win gave Oregon its 23rd consecutive home victory, tying a program record and extending the third-longest active streak in the nation. It was also the 17th consecutive conference home win, which set a program record.
Oregon coach Dan Lanning said on Monday it was one of the best environments he’s ever been in during his coaching career.
For a man who coached in some pretty major games as the defensive coordinator of last year’s national championship-winning Georgia Bulldogs, that’s high praise.
“I don’t know how you can be a fan or a prospect or anyone right now and not want to be a part of and around what’s going on in Oregon football,” he said. “Our fans made such an impact on Saturday, starting with GameDay being there early, being able to carry that over to a primetime game. Obviously, an elite experience there in that stadium. I have been in some great stadium environments, and that’s one of the best stadium environments I’ve ever been in in my career.”
As Klatt said, take a bow Duck fans.