Oregon Ducks football, known for its relentless offensive attack and full-throttle approach, might have imitators in its own conference.
Joining the Huskies in the imitation of all things Ducky, the California Golden Bears, under new head coach Sunny Dykes, are trying to give the Ducks a run for their money for offensive prowess in the PAC-12. In their first game, against then-No. 22-ranked Northwestern, Cal gained 548 yards on a staggering 99 plays. Comparably, the Ducks last year averaged around 81 plays per game while posting 71 in their home opener. Dykes, who coached Louisiana Tech for the last three years before coming to Cal, averaged 87.8 plays his last season there.
Now in the PAC-12, Dykes has already upped the ante in his first game as head coach, almost reaching the century mark in plays. While the Ducks do most of their damage on the ground, Dykes and the Golden Bears prefer the air attack. In his first career game as quarterback, Freshman Jared Goff threw the ball 63 times for 445 yards. Conversely, the Ducks relied on the run for the bulk of their production with 45 attempts against Nicholls.
A large number of plays equates to offensive domination but not necessarily to points, if you turn the ball over like Cal did (3 times) versus Northwestern. Oregon is still the poster-boy in running a fast-paced, explosive offense, but Cal and Sonny Dykes could be the next PAC-12 school to join the fun. September 28th will be full of fireworks, as Oregon and Cal meet up for what should be an offense-dominated game.
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