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Week 8 proves Oregon Ducks are most exciting team in college football

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The Oregon Ducks fell one spot in the BCS rankings following their 43-21 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils, but with a 7-0 record, they’re still the No. 4 team at this point in the year.

If week eight proved nothing else, it’s that the team from Eugene is hands down the most exciting team to watch in all of college football.

National Spotlight

The Oregon Ducks have earned themselves national attention the past few years, and week eight proved to be no exception.

On ESPN, the Ducks were the primetime game for the fifth time already this season. National commentators are ideally supposed to maintain a level of unbiased opinion, but if there’s any team to get excited over, it’s Oregon.

Rece Davis, ESPN commentator, threw out the classic zinger, “Aloha means touchdown!” following Marcus Mariota’s 86-yard touchdown run.

The play-by-play team in the booth on Saturday made an effort to track De’Anthony Thomas touches; a move they don’t practice for many other players. They also declared the game an undeniable blowout in the second quarter with the Ducks leading 43-7; a move they also try to stay away from.

Even ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit got his message across on Twitter despite being nowhere near Autzen Stadium on Saturday.

https://twitter.com/KirkHerbstreit/status/259114699185078272

Defense

The Ducks have been touted for their speed on offense since Chip Kelly’s arrival, but the players on defense have made a case that they’re the fastest defense in the conference—if not the country—this season.

Players such as Boseko Lokombo and Avery Patterson were moving around the field at lightning speed on Saturday, while defensive end Dion Jordan put himself on display in Arizona’s backfield. All three of these players are the reason the Ducks are third in the nation in interceptions and 10th in sacks.

Chip Kelly ASU Week 8 proves Oregon Ducks are most exciting team in college football

Chip Kelly ASU Week 8 proves Oregon Ducks are most exciting team in college football

A Chip-Kelly coached squad creates excitment in many different ways. Photo Credit: Oregonlive

Those who say defense wins championships have looked past the Ducks in the past, but if early 2012 is any indication, Oregon shouldn’t be overlooked.

Running Game

If you hadn’t heard before week eight, the Oregon Ducks have one heck of a running game.

Kenjon Barner answered a quick ASU score with a 71-yard rushing touchdown, and even Marcus Mariota got in on the action with his first big run of the season—the one we’ve all been waiting for.

In the traditional sense, a team that performs primarily on the ground is recognized as a grind-it-out, methodical offense.

Not so much for the Ducks, as they play a nontraditional style in one of the fastest paces in all of football.

The Unexpected

Teams such as West Virginia, Texas and Baylor have put up serious points this season, and even the Alabamas and LSUs of the world can score points while dominating on defense. No squad in the country, however, has the flare of a Chip-Kelly coached team.

The two-point play in the first quarter is hardly unexpected at this point, but somehow, it still riles up fans and it still catches defenses off guard.

We all know Mariota is a unique mold of quarterback, but not many would have predicted he would take so many shots down field against the Sun Devils, and virtually nobody could have anticipated he would have a touchdown in the passing, rushing and receiving games.

Mariota’s receiving score came on one of the more unique packages the Ducks will run all year, with Bryan Bennett at quarterback, Colt Lyerla at running back and Mariota lined up at receiver.

Scoring points is one thing, but the way you get them says far more about the brand of football you’re putting out on the field. The Ducks have an array of weapons at their disposal, and Kelly is beginning to show what he can do when he really gets creative.

Until the BCS starts taking excitement into consideration, the Ducks remain stuck behind the top 3 teams in the nation.

That being said, Oregon is exciting for a reason, and nobody gets excited for a team that has no chance to win week in and week out.

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