Cal vs Oregon: Ducks Will Post Another Massive Point Total Against Golden Bears

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 7: Thomas Tyner #24 of the Oregon Ducks rushes for a 31-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Oregon won 59-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Oregon Ducks have decimated any defenders that have dared to block their path to the end zone this season. California's attempt to disrupt this high-powered juggernaut will fall well short.

Through three games the Ducks have notched 184 points, giving them the second-highest points per game average in college football. Oregon enters Saturday's Pac-12 clash ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll, so there's no margin for error with a BCS title appearance on the line.

Don't expect this incredible offense to slip up anytime soon. Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota will lead Oregon to another towering point tally on Saturday night when they will improve to 4-0 and stay planted at No. 2.

The Golden Bears can make for an interesting matchup, but only to fans who love shootouts with no shortage of points. Jared Goff has already amassed 1,306 passing yards and seven touchdowns, leading the Golden Bears to 101 points of their own.

Although the Ducks have surrendered only nine points per game, they have to face an offense with many weapons. Goff's offense should have a nice day, but it will all come in a losing effort.

For all of its offensive prowess, California has lost to two other ranked opponents. The team commenced the season surrendering 508 total yards and 44 points to No. 18 Northwestern. Two weeks later, Cal permitted No. 4 Ohio State to collect 608 yards and 52 points, offsetting all of Goff's gaudy numbers.

Both of those units are strong, and Ohio State ran smoothly with backup quarterback Kenny Guiton under center, but neither compares to Oregon.

Mariota bolstered a sensational sophomore season by throwing for 456 yards and four touchdowns against Tennessee two weeks ago. He had more fun outside the pocket during the other games, assembling 100-yard rushing efforts against Nicholls State and Virginia.

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 14:  Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks throws against of the Tennessee Volunteers on September 14, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The Golden Bears will have to pick their poison. Mariota is primed to torch them either way he chooses. Allowing 9.7 yards per pass attempt, their secondary is ill-equipped to stop Mariota from hitting Josh Huff and Bralon Addison deep.

They also allow 5.9 yards per rush, already surrendering eight rushing touchdowns. Guiton burned them for 92 rushing yards, foreshadowing another big rushing day for Mariota.

If Mariota's not in the mood to run, De'Anthony Thomas will happily inflict damage on the Golden Bears. Thomas has compiled 338 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 42 carries. The speedster has made the most of his limited touches, and he's in line to break one or two on Saturday.

Scoring 60 points seems unsustainable for any team over a large sampling, but these Ducks are loaded with explosive playmakers who helped the team average 50.8 points during the 2012 regular season. Perhaps Stanford can replicate last year's 17-14 overtime win when they meet again in Week 10.

For now, Oregon will light up the scoreboard again in another runaway victory over Cal.