Oregon Ducks vs Colorado Buffaloes Complete Game Preview

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Oregon Ducks vs Colorado Buffaloes Complete Game Preview
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Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas left Colorado in complete dismay during the Ducks' 70-14 win in 2012.

After losing two bowl game matchups against Colorado over a four-year span in the mid-to-late 1990's, the Ducks have dominated the series of late. Oregon has won three straight against Colorado in blowout fashion.

In the 2001 season the Ducks took offense to everyone talking up Colorado as the team that should have faced Miami in the Rose Bowl for a shot at the national title. The Ducks pounded the Buffaloes 38-16 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicates.

Colorado joined the Pac-12 before the 2011 season and the Ducks ran the Buffaloes off of Folsom Field. Despite playing without LaMichael James and Darron Thomas, the Ducks didn't miss a beat and won 45-2.

The Ducks hosted Colorado at Autzen Stadium in 2012 and pulled the majority of their starters in the second quarter as they cruised to a 56-0 at the halftime lead. This breathtaking punt return from De'Anthony Thomas was among their nine first-half touchdowns. The final score was 70-14 but Oregon could have easily put triple digits on the board if they felt like it.

With two victories under their belt in their first three games, first-year head coach Mike MacIntyre has Colorado looking like a more competitive squad than they have been in recent years. The Buffaloes already have doubled their win total from last year's disastrous 1-11 campaign.  

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