College Football 2011: Why the Oregon Ducks Go from Runner-Up to National Champs

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College Football 2011: Why the Oregon Ducks Go from Runner-Up to National Champs
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The Oregon Ducks surprised the college football world during the 2010-2011 season by reaching the BCS National Championship game under second-year head coach Chip Kelly. The Ducks went 12-0 (9-0 in the Pac-10) before falling to Auburn 22-19 in an exciting title game. 

Oregon's offense last season was, to say the least, explosive.

The Ducks led all of Division I college football in yards per game and points per game last season. They scored more points than any other team in the country, with 608.  Oregon's per game average of 46.8 points bested the marks set by Boise State (45.1), Oklahoma State (44.2) and national champs Auburn (41.6).

Their NCAA-leading 530.7 yards per game came by way of 286.2 yards rushing (fourth) and 248.8 yards passing (49th), keeping in line with Oregon's hurry-up option style.

Although they'll return just 12 starters (seven on offense and five on defense), the Ducks will bring back the majority of their core.

Jump ahead to find out why last year's No. 2 team will finish on top this season. 

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