Oregon Football: Why Arizona State Doesn't Stand a Chance Against Powerful Ducks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks rushes against the Washington State Cougars on September 29, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Oregon Ducks are going to embarrass the Arizona State Sun Devils.

On paper, this looks to be an intriguing matchup.

Oregon is unbeaten and ranked third in the BCS standings. Arizona State is 5-1 and on the cusp of breaking into the Top 25.

The Ducks have only played one game away from home in their first six games, a 51-26 win at Washington State.

Tempe will be rocking as Arizona State plays USC, Oregon State and rivals Arizona away this seasonβ€”this is the Sun Devils' one chance to pull off a huge upset at home.

They'll also be looking to avenge last season's 41-27 loss in Eugene, when the then No. 18 Sun Devils were hanging tough with the Ducks.

However, Oregon will make quick work of their opponents.

This game presents an example of the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object. The eighth-ranked total offense of Oregon goes up against the eighth-ranked total defense of Arizona State.

Of course, something's gotta give, and in this case it will be the Arizona State defense. Despite giving up on 14.2 points a game, the Sun Devils' defense just doesn't have the players to stop the Ducks.

In their three Pac-12 games Oregon has scored an average of 51 points a game. While Arizona, Washington and Washington State aren't exactly stout on defense, that's still a massive points-per-game total.

And Arizona State's Pac-12 opponents (Cal, Utah and Colorado) are only a combined 6-13, so it's not as if the Sun Devils have had a hard road either.

Their toughest game of the season, away to the SEC's newest whipping boys, Missouri, resulted in a 24-21 loss. The Sun Devils turned the ball over four times.

One of the biggest talking points over the weekend was the BCS standings, about which many Oregon fans feel slighted.

Arizona State should have been equally as upset at Oregon's No. 3 ranking as the Ducks were.

As if Chip Kelly didn't already have his team motivated enough to win a national title, that perceived slight will add fuel to the fire. Kelly will want his team to prove a point to those in charge of the BCS, and the Sun Devils will be the unfortunate sacrifice.

This is arguably Oregon's biggest test of the season to date.

Kelly will not want to give his critics any more ammunition with which to argue the Ducks are worse than Alabama or Florida. He'll be looking to win by as big a margin as possible.