Oregon Ducks Football: Chip Kelly's Offense Will Be Too Much for Arizona

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 22, 2012

September 8, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running backs Kenjon Barner (24) and De'Anthony Thomas (6) on the sidelines during the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

Chip Kelly wasn't too happy with Oregon last week against Tennessee Tech. The Ducks racked up 12 penalties for 105 yards and committed three turnovers.

That being said, Oregon still scored 63 points. That will give you an idea of how explosive this offense is.

Yes, Oregon was playing Tennessee Tech, but 63 points and 652 total yards is still impressive.

Not only has freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota stepped up admirably as Darron Thomas' successor this season, the running game has been flat-out ridiculous.

Mariota has gone 58-of-77 for 8.75 yards per attempt and eight touchdowns to one interception thus far, and the running game as a whole is averaging 6.2 yards per attempt.

Starting running back Kenjon Barner has rushed for 324 yards and six touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry, and electric sophomore De'Anthony Thomas has rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns...on 13 carries. Yes, you heard that right, folks, Thomas is averaging 17.5 yards per carry, including touchdown runs of 33 yards, 39 yards, 51 yards and 59 yards.

Arizona has allowed a middle-of-the-pack 3.9 yards per carry this season and gave up 123 yards to Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle in Week 2. That simply isn't going to get it done.

In fact, it probably takes a run defense like Alabama or LSU's just to limit the Ducks' explosive attack this season. Oregon's backup running back is a legitimate Heisman contender.

There are very few teams in college football that can get penalized 12 times for 105 yards and commit three turnovers and still scored 63 points, no matter the opponent.

The 38 points the Wildcats allowed to Oklahoma State in Week 2 is going to look trivial by the time Oregon's offense is done with them on Saturday night.


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