Oregon looked more vulnerable in this game than any other this year since their loss to LSU to start this year’s campaign. Sure, they came away with a two touchdown win, but it didn’t come easily.
No LaMichael James, no Darron Thomas, no problem for the Ducks this past weekend. As hard as that is to believe, the Eugene Machine went into a conference game without their two best players, and walked away with a 45-2 win on the road in Colorado.
It can’t get much worse for the Buffaloes right now. They are now last in the conference with an 0-4 mark. While they also only have just one win total on the season. Their rivalry game win against Colorado State.
Meanwhile, Oregon was able to get 29 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Pretty impressive even when you consider the competition.
The Ducks defense also answered the call, as Colorado’s only points also happened to be the last points in the game when punt return man Cliff Harris was tackled in the end zone for a safety late in the third quarter.
You would expect Oregon to walk through yet another week unscathed in the conference after they take on the Washington State Cougars. It is a conference game, but Wazzou just isn’t on the same level as the top tier Pac 12 teams this season. They may not even be on par with the second tier teams as they come off of a loss against a two win Oregon State team.
Nevertheless, Washington State has shown some improvement, and has. been getting it done through the air this season, but their starting quarterback Jeff Tuel, went down in the first half of their game a week ago. He has already been ruled out for this weekend’s match-up, which makes an already steep hill even tougher to climb.
The Cougars are allowing just over 30 points a game this season. This puts them in the lower half of the nation’s ranking. Oregon has been scoring over 48 a game, giving this one the potential to get out of hand early on.
Oregon has the option of resting their quarterback and running back for the second straight week if not deemed fully healthy without having to suffer the consequences of a possible loss. Pretty nice point in the schedule for those two to go down.
True freshman De’Anthony Thomas scored for the third straight game. He has scored in five of seven games this season.
True freshman Bryan Bennett made his first career start against Colorado. He went 11 for 20 with 156 passing yards. Adding two touchdowns through the air. He also tallied up 69 yards on just six carries on the ground. Adding another touchdown via the running game. Not bad for your first career start, on the road at that.
OL – Ramsen Golpashin (Knee)
CB – Cliff Harris (Suspension)
DT – Ricky Heimuli (Undisclosed)
TE – Curtis White (Leg)
TE – Colt Lyerla (Arm)
PK – Rob Beard (Quad)
RB – LaMichael James (Elbow)
DE – Dion Jordan (Arm)
DB – Eddie Pleasant (Knee)
DE – Tony Washington (Elbow)
DB – James Scales (Knee)
QB – Darron Thomas (Knee)
Oregon and Stanford are now just two weeks away from one of the best games of the season. It could end up being a match of two, top five teams if they both keep winning.
The Cardinals are anxiously awaiting that game with revenge on their mind. Had the game in Stanford went a little differently a season ago, they would have been playing for a national title instead of the Ducks. Similar stakes could be on the line this season.