There is no team in college football as good as the Oregon Ducks are right now. Their offense is regarded as the fastest in the country and has averaged more than 50 points a game. Despite having only one more ranked opponent on their schedule, the Ducks face some tough tests in their quest for a national championship.
The Bruins are a very enigmatic team: They beat Texas on the road, but lost their season opener to Kansas State on the road.
One thing’s for sure: Rick Neuheisel will have his football program ready to play number the number one ranked ducks. The Bruins have a good rushing offense, ranked 13th in the nation. But a team scoring only 22.7 points per game will simply not have the firepower to keep up with the Ducks. Look for the Ducks to roll at home in this one.
Like last year, the Ducks and Trojans are matched up on Halloween weekend. And who knows, anything could happen. In their first year under perennial backstabber Lane Kiffin, the Trojans have put up very respectable numbers on both sides of the ball. Particularly, Matt Barkley has played very, very well this year, leading to the 21st ranked passing offense in college football.
Although the Trojans are unranked, they present the Ducks first test since beating Stanford at home. Expect this game to be much closer than their rankings suggest.
The Huskies have been a surprisingly resilient team this year. Despite being among the worst teams in the Pac-10 in the last decade, a rejuvenated squad lead by quarterback Jake Locker has been competitive. That being said, they are not the same caliber as the Ducks, a team particularly difficult at home. The Ducks will win this one.
The Golden Bears are a highly unpredictable football program. They lost by one point to 18th ranked Arizona before getting the stuffing kicked out of them by USC, both on the road.
One thing is clear: The Bears are a very good football program at home. This will be one of the tougher games for the Ducks down the stretch, but the Ducks should come out victorious.
Big Game Mike Stoops (he’s usurped the title now) has his team in a position to contend for the Pac-10 title this year. Their quarterback Nick Foles has lead the ninth best passing offense in the league, and their defense has held opponents to under 15 points a game. But at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, the Wildcats will come up short.
Quite possibly the Ducks’ biggest test comes against in-state rival Oregon State. Mike Riley’s squad is tough every year, regardless of record, and this year’s team is very good.
Freshman Ryan Katz has been very well in his first year, and until last year, the Beavers were undefeated in the Pac-10. They played competitively against two highly ranked opponents and have looked good otherwise.
If the Ducks were to lose one game during the last stretch of their season, this would be it.