Dennis Dixon

Oregon is No. 1 in The Times' 'Super 16' countdown

Oregon is No. 1 in The Times' 'Super 16' countdown

Acknowledging that college football's new four-team playoff could someday inch toward a larger basketball-style tournament, we finish our 'Super 16' countdown, with No. 1 Oregon:

The race for championships, trophies and recruits will continue unabated, for years to come. However, the arms race in college football is over.

Oregon won, and everybody else is a guest cottage at Hearst Castle.

A jaw-dropping tour of the Ducks' athletic facilities last Saturday left this visitor wondering how something so outrageously opulent could spring from a sleepy, rainy college town once known for joggers and granola bars.

How did college football get to this?