The Oregon Ducks move on to Week 3 of their 2011 college football campaign, playing Missouri State.
After a very disappointing opening weekend for the Ducks—in which the team learned that they happen to match up very poorly against a high-powered SEC defensive team for whom they had over a month to prepare— Oregon looked to begin their path to redemption by pounding on the University of Nevada. In that game on Saturday, the Ducks went on to score 69 points.
For those keeping track at home, that’s a ton of push-ups for Puddles, the school’s charismatic and lovable mascot.
In the spirit of school starting up for college students across the nation, here’s a pop quiz: "How many times can the Ducks score" is the title of what?
A) Popular College Drinking Game based on cups, flipping and beer.
B) A twisted way of betting on which birds will migrate to the bits of bread thrown at them in their pond. For bored individuals in more rural areas.
C) A casual conversation in which people wonder which students at the University of Oregon will get romantic action at a particular house party.
D) The title of this article, in which we examine how many points (and in what way) the Ducks should be able to score against Missouri State this weekend.
If you guessed "D," you would be correct! By the way, if you guessed "B," I find it a little odd that you’re on Bleacher Report. But that’s neither here nor there.
The spirit of this article comes entirely from predicting how and when the Ducks will score this weekend, a pastime enjoyed by many college football fans whose teams do not have to play Oregon on that particular week.
The team, which averaged 47.0 points per game last season, outscored its opponents by a total of 611-243 and broke 40 points in 10 of their 12 regular season games. In one of the other two they scored 37 points and won the annual Civil War game against Oregon State. They ended up with a victory in the other game as well.
Missouri State, who gave up 34.0 points per game last year, had a poor pass defense and finished 5-6 overall. They did not win a single game on the road (0-6), did not beat a single ranked team and gave up 72 points to Murray State (which apparently is a school?).
This season, when they had to play a ranked team in Arkansas, they gave up 51 points. After starting off this season 0-2, it’s safe to say that this article has a grain of validity.