What does Oregon get for its troubles following a 52-27 loss a week at home against Stanford? : A road game against a better variant of the Cardinal.
The Ducks play in No. 11 Utah Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah, and on paper have zero chance to win, or perhaps remain close. So much so the 14-point spread appears to be an insult to Utah by about 10 points.
Oregon (3-7, 1-6 Pac-12) will roll into Utah (8-2, 5-2) with the second-worst rushing defense in the Pac-12 in 255.4 yards allowed per game to confront the hottest rushing attack in the seminar.
“Same thing as last week, actually,” Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke said. “You have got to stop the run. There is little doubt about it.”
Oregon hasn’t stopped the run all season. Not against UC Davis and Virginia in what appears like ions ago. Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey ran wild a week, scoring three touchdowns as the Cardinal, owners of the worst offense in the conference, averaging 340 yards per game, place up 540 yards of total offense on the Ducks.
Utah, averaging 433.7 metres per game is better on offense than Stanford thanks to this amazing performances of running Joe Williams. He”retired” for four games to start the season only to be talked back into playing. Since his return, Williams has averaged 216 total yards and 156.5 yards rushing per game. He has gained 939 racing yards on 7.0 yards per carry.
“He is possibly the most explosive and the quickest of any of the backs we’ve had here up to a house run-type back that could extend the distance from anywhere on the field,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham told colleagues this week.
To make matters worse for Oregon, Williams runs behind a veteran offensive line.
“They are physical upfront,” Hoke said. “Quite senior-oriented offensive line with three men up there that have played a lot of football”
The Ducks are the contrary with one senior beginning on a young defense that has rotated through 14 defensive linemen this season.
“We had a good week of practice, same thing we all did the week before,” Hoke said. “Our guys have come out and struggled and been physical each time we go to the field.”
That intensity has not translated into strong performances on game days. Saturday will probably be no different.
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