Let's really assess these score values

Oregon blasted Arizona, 49-0, and Alabama rolled over Arkansas, 52-0, but the similar-looking shutouts couldn't have been more different.

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You've seen the score, but do you really know it?

People waking up Sunday morning to see Oregon had defeated Arizona, 49-0, could have rightfully concluded:

--Oregon's offense must have gone nuts.

--De'Anthony Thomas took a step closer to winning the Heisman Trophy.

--Arizona is a fraud.

--Oregon's defense must now be compared with Alabama's.

Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong.

Oregon led the game by only 13-0 at the half. Thomas offered a few thrills with a nifty punt return but finished with 59 combined rushing and receiving yards.

Freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota was not particularly sharp, missing on 15 passes. No Oregon player had more than 100 yards rushing or receiving.

It's amazing how different similar-looking shutouts can be.

Two weeks ago, Alabama crushed Arkansas' spirit in a 52-0 win in Fayetteville. The Crimson Tide humiliated and toyed with the Razorbacks.

Conversely, Arizona might have been in the game to the end had it not squandered six trips into the red zone. Coach Rich Rodriguez's spread offense amassed 332 total yards.

A drive chart recap of Arizona's first four possessions:

--First and goal at the Oregon 10.

--First and 10 at the Oregon 11.

--First and goal at the Oregon 2.

--First and 10 at the Oregon 19.

All this knocking-on-the-door produced nothing, and Oregon ended up with its first league shutout since 2003.

"When we're going to try to beat a team like Oregon, you have to finish off those drives," Rodriguez said afterward. "We had a lot of opportunities, especially early, and didn't do it."

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