Oregon Ducks Football Week 2 Preview
Could this past Saturday have gone any worse for college football in the state of Oregon? The Oregon State Beavers fell to an FCS team in a loss of epic proportions. In another devastating defeat, the Oregon Ducks lost to LSU.
The latter failure cuts deeper as it may have ruined Oregon’s chances at a national title this season.
Let’s not kid ourselves: Oregon needs a lot of help for any chance at a BCS Championship berth now.
But, with 11 games remaining in the 2011 campaign, we can’t dwell. All the Ducks and their fans can do is keep their heads down and focus on winning every football game for the rest of the year.
Mathematically, a return to the title game is still possible, and that’s all that matters right now. Next up, Nevada.
Let’s cherish that (3) beside Oregon’s name while we still can, as the number should change for the worse by tomorrow.
The question this Saturday for the Ducks will be whether or not they can get back to their bread and butter: running the football. They couldn’t do it last week. LaMichael James ran only 18 times for a paltry 54 yards. Meanwhile, Darron Thomas threw the ball 54 times and was only mildly effective.
If Oregon gets its dominant running game back on track at home to Nevada on Saturday, will it be with or without James? He hurt his ankle against LSU. It looks like he’ll be fine to play, though.
Cliff Harris: not so much. The Ducks’ star corner still has “no timetable” to return from his suspension from the team.
After finishing 2010 with their highest national rank since 1948, the Nevada Wolf Pack are set to take a major step back as they open their season a week late against Oregon. They lost a plethora of all-WAC players last season, most notably quarterback Colin Kaepernick and tailback Vai Tua.
Given how much weaker the 2011 Wolf Pack look, this game is more of a “must-dominate” than a must-win for Oregon. A victory is a given; fans will want to see the Ducks make a statement with a blowout win in Week 2. As we learned from Oregon State last week, however, we can’t take anything for granted.