5 Reasons Why the Ducks Will Beat Stanford



The ducks are one of the fastest teams in the nation (as was shown against S.C.'s 5-star athletes) and their team speed on offense and defense will be more than Stanford is able to handle. Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 189 yards out of a traditional set against Stanford, and may I remind you that LaMichael James was the 100 meter champion in the state of Texas his senior year of high school, and will be getting the ball in much more space than Rodgers (because of the spread attack). 


The only other Pac-10 team to run a true variation of the spread is Arizona, and when they faced off against Stanford they racked up 43 points and 553 total yards. Stanford fans (I believe that there are three of them) have been boasting about how their defense will maintain their assignments and make tackles against Oregon, but they were unable to do it against a much simpler Arizona offense. Chip Kelly's version of the spread will require Stanford's inside linebackers to spy Masoli, and give LaMichael open running lanes.


Gerhart is a very physical runner that can cause problems for an individual defender, but the Oregon defense swarms opposing running backs and does not allow them to get away. Jahvid Best was unable to rush for more than 55 yards against the ducks, and the combination of CJ Gable and Allen Bradford (two physical backs like Gerhart) were only able to get 54 yards combined!


Wake Forrest rushed for 251 yards against Stanford, the Rodgers' brothers from Oregon State rushed for a combined 200 yards against them, and Oregon has a much better running attack than anything that they have seen. Oregon currently ranks 12th in the nation, averaging 233.3 yards per game. Additionally, Stanford will see a dynamic rushing quarterback in Masoli who should have a huge game if the Cardinal try to stop LaMichael James


This Oregon team is different. Kelly has his team practicing early in the morning, watching film late at night, and 100% focused on football. After the destruction of Troy last week, many have questioned the possibility of an Oregon let down when going on the road to Palo Alto. The simple fact is, Oregon bounced back from Boise St. and has not stopped ever since. Focus is the main message that Kelly preaches, and there is no reason to believe that the ducks will not come out focused and ready to execute on Saturday.

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