Oregon vs. Tennessee: 5 Things the Ducks' Defense Must Prove vs. the Vols

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Oregon vs. Tennessee: 5 Things the Ducks' Defense Must Prove vs. the Vols
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The Oregon defense has been everything fans expected it to be through two games of the 2013 college football season.

While the group has given up a few more yards than it probably should have, the end result has been just 6.5 points per game given up on the scoreboard, good enough for seventh in the country.

Ah, but let's not get too far ahead ourselves with rankings, lest we forget that the mighty offenses of Nicholls and Virginia have been the only tests thus far. But while Oregon may not face a great offense until it heads north to Seattle in mid-October, the Tennessee Volunteers certainly figure to bring a bigger challenge than anything the defense has seen in the first couple of weeks.

The game is at home, and the Ducks should be able to feed off of a frenzied environment filled with screaming fans who want nothing more than to send an SEC team packing in humiliating defeat.

Will the the defense continue to impress on the scoreboard? Can it handle a physical SEC team with NFL-caliber athletes?

Here are the five things the Ducks' defense must prove against Tennessee on Saturday.

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