The #7 ranked Oregon Ducks clinched their Rose Bowl bid on Thursday against Oregon State with a 37-33 win in Oregon. After a close win against their rival, it is time to look forward to the Rose Bowl against #8 ranked Ohio State.
Both teams had a 10-2 season and only lost one game in conference play this season. But it seems as though the Ducks have the upper hand in this game.
Oregon is ranked number 24 in total yards on the season putting up 5,096 yards of total offense compared to Ohio State who is ranked number 64 and has put up 4,378 total yards.
Ohio State has a descent offense, but Oregon's defense is ranked number 18 in the country on the sacks board putting up 32 sacks on the season and will make it tough for Pryor to use his quickness against the Ducks.
It also doesn't look too promising seeing that Ohio State only put up 14 points of offense on a young struggling Michigan defense in the last game of their season. So putting up big numbers on a faster, more talented Oregon defense will be much harder for the Buckeyes to do.
Oregon is very quick and talented on the offensive side of the ball. Having the 5th best rusher in the nation LaMichael James who has put up 1,476 yards on the ground will make things tough for the Ohio State Defense.
Ohio State has also struggled in their last 3 bowl game appearances which have led in big losses. First being Florida in 2006 in the National Championship game and getting blown out 41-14.
Then in 2007 taking on LSU in the National Championship game and getting blown out once again 38-24.
Then in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State took on Texas in the Fiesta Bowl and lost 24-21.
In two of these three games, Ohio State faced Florida and Texas who both run a spread option offense to perfection and Ohio State has proved their defense is not quick enough to defend it.
Ohio State comes into the Rose Bowl facing an Oregon team who also runs that spread option offense to perfection.
Oregon is going to take advantage of a slower Ohio State defense and will be able to pound the ball on the ground and pick up big yards.
Oregon's defense will play tough and slow down Pryor on his ability to pull out of the pocket and make big plays on the ground.
This should be an easy win for the Ducks. You have to go all the way back to the 2000 Rose Bowl when Wisconsin took on Stanford for the last time the Big Ten has won a Rose Bowl game.
Oregon looks to go out to Pasadena to give the Ohio State Buckeyes their 4th straight loss in a bowl game.