Oregon Football: Highlighting Dream Bowl Game Matchups for Ducks

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2012

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 6: Defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli #90 of the Oregon Ducks kneels over running back Bishop Sankey #25 of the Washington Huskies during the fourth quarter of the game on October 6, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-21. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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It's better not to eat a big meal before sitting down to view a game involving the Oregon Ducks.

Odds are, you'll cramp up just watching.

Chip Kelly's offense is so explosive and so unstoppable that rarely do the Ducks' drives not end in points. Oregon ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards and second in America in scoring offense.

Think about this for a second.

The Ducks haven't scored less than 42 points in a single game this season. That means Oregon's worst offensive performance saw this team score six touchdowns.

With that being said, there are some potential postseason matchups that will prove to be interesting for college football fans who want to see how Oregon matches up with other championship caliber teams.

Let's take a look at the dream bowl game matchups for Oregon this winter. 


Alabama Crimson Tide

What could be better than watching one of the nation's top rushing attacks take on the country's No. 1 defense in the BCS National Championship Game?

If both Oregon and Alabama can run the table and win their respective conference championship games, there is a chance that the two college football powerhouses would meet in Miami in January to play for the BCS title.

The Crimson Tide would likely be the favorite, having not given up more than 14 points at any point thus far in 2012. However, the Ducks would certainly make things interesting with their fast-pace style and dominant rushing attack. 

Oregon averages more than 317 yards on the ground per game, and boasts a handful of speedy weapons that Alabama would struggle to contain. Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota are all capable of breaking a big play every time they touch the football.

Defense would surely rule in this matchup. However, if Oregon's playmakers could get free on a couple of occasions, the game could go either way. 


Kansas State Wildcats

As opposed to Oregon-Alabama being a defensive struggle, Oregon-Kansas State would be a matchup of two potent offensive attacks, both of which thrive on the ground.

The Big 12's Wildcats look to be for real this season, and could find themselves in a BCS bowl matchup with the Ducks if the two teams wind up with a couple of losses between them. They could also meet for the national championship if they both run the table.

Combined, Kansas State and Oregon average more than 550 rushing yards and nearly 94 points per game. Let that sink in for a minute.

That's right.

Just imagine how entertaining an Oregon vs. Kansas State matchup would be this winter. Collin Klein would be racking up yards on the ground and through the air, and the Ducks weapons would follow suit. 

If you're a fan of offense, you're dreaming of this bowl matchup some time down the road. It could come down to which team has the ball last. Better yet, it could come down to which one is forced to punt.


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