Oregon Football: High-Powered Ducks Offense Will Lead Rout of Washington at Home

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2012

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 1: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arkansas State Red Wolves on September 1, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images

Oregon is one of two teams in college football whose offense warrants video-game comparisons.

There's Geno Smith and West Virginia. Then there's the Ducks, who rank in the Top 10 in scoring and rushing. Chip Kelly's squad is averaging more than 52 points and 303 rushing yards per game. Oregon has outscored its first two Pac-12 opponents 100-26. 

So you can expect that No. 23 Washington will be shaking in its boots when it arrives at Autzen Stadium Saturday night to take on the No. 2-ranked Ducks. And like all of Oregon's previous conference opponents this fall, Washington will wind up on the wrong end of a blowout loss.

Oregon's resume suggests Saturday's matchup will be a rout, and Washington's suggests the same.

The Huskies gave up 41 points to LSU in its only road game this season, and the Tigers have been criticized all year for their underwhelming play on that side of the ball.

Therefore, don't expect Washington to hold Oregon to 13 points like it did against Stanford in last week's upset win, especially not going against an offense as creative and dynamic as the Ducks'. 

Oregon is led by freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota, but highlighted by do-it-all playmaker De'Anthony Thomas, better known as "DAT." Thomas is Oregon's leading receiver, with 19 receptions for 193 yards and three touchdowns. He's also the second-leading rusher, averaging a team-best 9.7 yards per carry, and has run for five touchdowns.

I actually believe Thomas will outscore the Huskies by himself on Saturday night in Eugene. He's that talented and will likely have a Heisman Trophy in his possession by the time his college career ends. His versatility and explosion in the open field will be a thorn in the side of Washington from start to finish. 

If not Thomas, then others like Kenjon Barner or Bralon Addison will step up. The Ducks have 33 offensive touchdowns in just five games. Let that sink in for a minute. 

The Huskies deserve credit for climbing back into the AP Top 25 last weekend with a big win over Stanford and shouldn't be disrespected by any means. But as the No. 23 team in the nation, Washington is on a level far below that of Oregon.

Look for the Ducks to win by a boatload of points. Their video game-like offense has yet to be contained and will become a nightmare for the unlucky Huskies this weekend.


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