The Oregon offense is the type of offense that causes defensive coordinators to lose sleep at night.
And maybe it was in the head of Matt Barkley and his fellow trojans as they stumbled their toe once again against Stanford. Perhaps they were looking ahead to that showdown with mighty Oregon? It's a shame they lost and didn't hold up their end of the deal, because now, that game will take a back seat to Alabama/LSU.
But Oregon took care of business last Saturday by crushing Tennessee Tech 63-14. I'm a little late in getting to this, and have already moved on to Arizona, so I won't spend much time here, but here are some of the things I took away from that game.
Oregon's offense is good! Really good! Oregon has weapons everywhere, and scored at will, amassing a total of 652 yards. And I know the critics will say Tennessee State, but Oregon did what good teams do to inferior opponents...they dominated them.
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De'Anthony Thomas is a threat to score the ball every time he touches the ball. He's on a whole 'nother level and is a game changer. He's worth at least 7 points a game, if not more.
The only negative I took away from the game is the Ducks need to clean up the penalties. Eliminate those "self inflicted wounds" as Chip Kelly would say.
With the win, Oregon improves their record to 4-0, and moves up to #3 in the polls. They appear ready to make another run at a fourth consecutive conference championship. It won't be easy, as the rest of the Pac appears to be better than previously thought (minus Colorado). Their first test is coming up this Saturday, as they host #22 Arizona under the lights at Autzen stadium.
Now the links:
From espn's Pac 12 blog, everything regarding the conference.
De'Anthony Thomas rising in the Heisman race (bout time)
Aaron Fentress takes a look at the defenses of both Arizona and Oregon
Marcus Mariota discussing Arizona
Rob Moseley on Oregon's penalties
A look at UA/Oregon from Oregon Duck Football News
Oregon recruit RB Thomas Tyner is killing the competition! Watch all 18 of his touchdowns here.