Oregon proved why it is the best and most complete team in the Pac-10. Oregon has every piece of the puzzle to win a second consecutive Pac-10 title, and Saturday showed why.
The Ducks displayed their grittiness by surviving an incredibly strong start by the young Volunteer team. They showcased their offensive speed, depth, and maturity by not straying from their initial game plan of running the football, even though it showed no signs of life during the first half.
The defense gave Duck fans hope after a rocky start. Without the defense holding the Vols to two early field goals, this game may have been much closer throughout its entirety.
Although this Tennessee offense is not on par with the teams the Ducks will meet in Pac-10 play, the atmosphere and the stage will give the Ducks an early taste of pressure-packed moments and get them ready for tough Pac-10 road games.