There was never really a question that the Oregon Ducks would beat Washington this past weekend.
And they quelled any hope that the Huskies ever had at stopping the “Eugene Machine” scoring early on via a LaMichael James’ touchdown run. This was followed up by a pair of field goals from both sides making it 10-3 after one quarter.
Closer than one may have originally thought.
The two teams would then trade touchdowns for the next two quarters. before the Ducks would then tack on a field goal late in the third that capped the scoring.
Oregon played a very solid game in this one. Coming off of a little controversy under center, and QB Darren Thomas responded well.
The main reason this game went as it did was a result of the two running games.
Oregon did finished the contest with over 200 rushing yards on 39 carries. That’s good for a 5.4 yards per carry average.
Washington did not have the same luck though. They only accumulated 82 yards on just three less carries(36). Good for 2.3 yards per carry. Ducks Football Stats
This week is the “big one.” No. 7 Oregon versus (4) Stanford.
The game everyone, especially PAC-12 fans, have been waiting for.
This game will decide the division, and possibly one half of the national title game in January, and although it will be a battle of two of the top five offenses in the country, they do things pretty differently.
While both offenses are of the run first variety, Oregon almost relies exclusively on the run. Their passing game ranks in the bottom half of the country. They do boast a top five rushing attack though.
Stanford on the other hand, has a had a lot of luck on their offense. Andrew Luck that is, and he is the sole reason the Cardinal are able to pass the ball so efficiently. Mix in a little Stefan Taylor and boom, you have a pretty potent two-dimensional offense.
This will be a match-up for the ages. It will also be a much more entertaining match-up than the 1v2 clash a week ago.
Seems like it’s the same two people every week in this category.
LaMichael James bounced back this week with 156 yards on just 25 carries. That’s a pretty impressive 6.2 yards per carry. This also included a touchdown in the first quarter.
Freshman De’Anthony Thomas also got into the end zone. He reached the end zone for the fifth straight week. Pretty impressive for a freshman.
OL – Ramsen Golpashin (Knee)
DB – James Scales (Knee)
DE – Tony Washington (Elbow)
P – Jackson Rice (Hip)
LB – Kiko Alonso (Leg)
CB – Cliff Harris (Suspension)
TE – Curtis White (Leg)
CB – Anthony Gildon (Back)
Even if the Ducks were to pull this one out against Stanford, they would still need some help to get back into the national title picture. While they would likely pass Boise State, Oklahoma, and Stanford in the standings if they were to win, it remains to be seen whether the pollsters would put them ahead of Alabama.
Not to mention they would still need an undefeated Oklahoma State team to lose.
All in all, it will be a pretty exciting finish to this college football season.
Of course it would be more exciting for Oregon fans if they are able to pull off the upset this weekend.
|Nov 12-8:00 PM ET||Record|
|ORE||8-1 (3-1 V)|
|STAN||9-0 (4-0 H)|