Oregon Football: 5 Keys to Victory over Arizona State

Nathan LoweryCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2012

Oregon Football: 5 Keys to Victory over Arizona State

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    They say that this is a trap game.

    If it is, then the Oregon Ducks are in danger of falling for the first time this season in what will be Marcus Mariota's first true road game.

    Oregon is going to need to make sure that these five things happen in order to stay undefeated this season and continue on the road to the 2012 National Championship Game.

1. Score Early and Score Fast

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    With the exception of Washington and Arkansas State, Oregon has dealt with some struggles getting on the score board in the first half.

    Sure, they've still won every game, even when they have a slow start, but the Ducks still need to avoid letting the game get out of hand.

2. Pick Up the Tempo

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    Oregon already does this, but it will help against Arizona State too.

    The Sun Devils are not extremely deep on defense and if the Ducks can pick up the tempo and wear the defense out early on, then the offense will be able to roll all game long.

3. Avoid Turnovers

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    The Ducks have struggled with holding onto the ball a little more than they should have this season.

    Oregon can't afford to let Arizona State take away chances to score and Marcus Mariota needs to stay cool and not throw interceptions.

4. Force Turnovers

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    Just as they need to avoid turning the ball over, Oregon still needs to force turnovers to bury the Sun Devils.

    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has been a fantastic shut down corner and is going to need to continue to intercept the ball.

5. Force Pressure on Taylor Kelly

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    I have been absolutely impressed with Taylor Kelly this season.

    The redshirt sophomore has thrown 14 touchdowns with only two interceptions this season.

    However, the Sun Devil quarterback's two interceptions came against Missouri, possibly the best competition that they've faced this season.

    If Oregon can contain him, chalk up a victory for the Ducks.