Oregon Football: Ducks' High-Octane Offense Will Steamroll Remaining Pac-12 Foes

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Running back Kenjon Barner #24 and quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks celebrate after a 27 yard touchdown run by Barner in the second quarter against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 3, 2012  in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Oregon Ducks do much more than just win football games these days, they embarrass opposing defenses and rack up more points in the process than any other team in college football.

It's a trend that won't end anytime soon, and that's why Oregon will streamroll right over its remaining Pac-12 competition this fall.

Through nine games, Oregon ranks No. 1 in the country in scoring offense, averaging more than 54 points per game. The Ducks hung 62 points on USC on the road in their most recent outing in Week 10. Before that, Oregon posted 70 at home against Colorado. 

It's worth pointing out that the Oregon men's basketball team averaged 72.2 points per game last season, but I digress.

As for the Ducks' remaining schedule, none of Oregon's final three regular season opponents rank inside the Top 10 nationally in scoring defense. Stanford is the best defensive team left to be played, giving up just 16.6 points per week. But Oregon will host the Cardinal inside Autzen Stadium on November 17, where it is averaging 55.5 points per game in 2012. 

Next up for Oregon though will be California, a 3-7 team ranking 64th in the country in scoring defense. If the average opponent is putting up more than 27 points per game on the Golden Bears, just imagine how easy points will come by for Oregon. I'm booking that one, along with every other college football expert out there. 

The Ducks will then host Stanford in a big-time matchup in Week 12. Aside from a meltdown against Arizona in early October, in which David Shaw's team allowed 48 points, the Cardinal have played superbly on the defensive side of the ball. However they have yet to face an offense as potent as Oregon's. The Ducks rank second in the nation in rush offense, running for more than 340 yards per game. Combine that with an aerial assault, led by freshman Marcus Mariota, that's racking up 220 yards per week and you get an unstoppable dual-threat attack.

If you ask me, Stanford doesn't stand a chance. Why?

There's just no slowing the Ducks. Oregon boasts three offensive superstars in Mariota, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas. Barner has become a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, while Mariota and Thomas are sure-fire candidates in the seasons to come. That's too much firepower for Stanford to put out on the road.

Finally, on November 24, Oregon's regular season will conclude at Oregon State in the Civil War. Sure, the Beavers are one of college football's biggest surprises this year, but that doesn't mean they will beat their in-state rivals. Oregon State has lost its last four meetings with Oregon, and has given up 49, 37, 37 and 65 points in those four losses.

The Beavers' defense may be playing well in 2012, but its been five years since it played well enough to win the Civil War. 

It doesn't matter how you break it down, Oregon is just better than the rest of the Pac-12, and they are better than anyone in college football when it comes to offense, which is why they will be in the mix for a BCS National Championship Game berth at season's end. 

The Ducks will steamroll their remaining conference foes this fall, and it will be Chip Kelly's offense leading the way.


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