Chip Kelly may be wishing he'd stayed at Oregon right about now.
As the Philadelphia Eagles languish, the No. 2 Ducks (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) are rolling under former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich's watch. They have scored at least 55 points in every game so far and have allowed 10.8 points per contest.
Oregon rolled over California last week, 55-16. The Ducks rushed for 264 yards and four touchdowns, and sophomore receiver Bralon Addison returned two punts for touchdowns.
Oregon also held Cal to 4.0 yards per pass attempt and 2.9 yards per carry while forcing five turnovers. This team can do no wrong right now.
As for Saturday's opponent, Colorado? The Buffaloes (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) won their first two games of the season but tanked against Oregon State last week, losing 44-17. They allowed 540 total yards to the Beavers in the loss.
Here's a look at Saturday's Pac-12 clash in Boulder, Colo., complete with my prediction.
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Oregon -38
Oregon Injuries (via USA Today)
Questionable: RB De'Anthony Thomas (ankle)
Colorado Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: DL Timothy Coleman Jr. (Knee)
Doubtful: WR Jeff Thomas (Hamstring/Disciplinary)
Questionable: FB Clay Jones (Neck)
Top Storyline: The Health of De'Anthony Thomas
The Ducks have several options in the backfield beyond De'Anthony Thomas—including sophomore Byron Marshall, dual-threat quarterback Marcus Mariota and freshman Thomas Tyner—but Thomas is the most explosive option.
Thomas, who is listed as "questionable" this week after injuring his ankle on the opening kickoff against Cal, practiced Tuesday, but he was seen in a walking boot.
Aaron J. Fentress of CSNNW.com tweeted the following on Tuesday:
Fentress also tweeted a photo of Thomas in the walking boot:
The dynamic junior leads Oregon with 338 rushing yards and six touchdowns this season. He is averaging 8.0 yards per carry, good for 20th in the nation. He has also caught three balls for 58 yards.
It doesn't make much sense for the Ducks to put Thomas out there against Colorado if he isn't 100 percent. The most important thing is for him to get healthy before clashes with No. 12 UCLA and No. 5 Stanford on Oct. 26 and Nov. 7, respectively.
Prediction: Oregon 56, Colorado 17
Colorado has been better on defense since a deplorable showing in 2012.
The key word being "better."
The Buffaloes still rank 91st in the nation in points allowed per contest. In their test against Oregon State last week, they failed miserably, giving up 44 points.
Oregon has a better offense than Oregon State, ranked second in the nation in points per contest. If Colorado allowed 540 total yards against the Beavers, how many are they going to cede against the Ducks?
The answer: too many.
And for those thinking home-field advantage might help Colorado, keep in mind that the Buffaloes allowed 24 points to Central Arkansas at home.
Couple that with the fact that Oregon beat Colorado 70-14 last year, and this is shaping up to be an annihilation of grand proportions, with or without De'Anthony Thomas.
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