Can Cal’s Offense Keep Up?

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As if the first three games haven’t been enough of a warm-up for our fearless Ducks, this weekend our Ducks take on Cal at Autzen for what should be another lopsided win.  Oregon has already outscored its three opponents by a total of 184-27, and it looks as though this weekend’s match-up will lead to that disparity growing larger.  I still, however, would like to take the time to examine our opponent a bit more thoroughly, as we still have to beat them on the field; not just on paper.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is one of the rocks of the Oregon defense

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is one of the rocks of the Oregon defense.

Cal features its first true freshman QB ever in Jared Goff.  In his first collegiate start (which came against #17 Northwestern), Goff threw for 485 yards, but a forgettable fourth quarter led to a loss for the young Golden Bear squad.  He has shown tremendous ability for such a young pass thrower.  I am sure Sonny Dykes’ Bear-Raid offense is slightly inflating the numbers, but you can’t be anything but impressed with what this young man is doing with just so-so talent around him.  He even leads the country (not just the Pac-12) in total offense!

Cal’s offense might be able to keep up and score its fair share of points against what many think is Oregon’s best and deepest defense in years, but their god-awful defense that has allowed totals of 44, 30, and 54 points, will be lucky to force more than two punts the entire game.  It is a defense that is the second youngest in the country.

On top of their inexperience, the defense has been without five starters for two of its three games and shows even more injuries up and down the depth chart.  So, it isn’t all their fault.  However, it is yet another defense that the Oregon Blur offense is likely to strike with supreme force.  Coming off a more than disappointing performance against Ohio State, the Cal defense will look to rebound, but will ultimately fail.  The Ducks will once again prevail, and the country will continue to look towards that November 7th game against Stanford.

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Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman

Alex Hausman is a Senior at the University of Oregon.  He is a cinema studies major and communications minor.  Alex is from the Bay Area and grew up a Cal Bears fan due to many family members attending, but quickly transitioned into being apart of Duck Nation upon his arrival at the U of O.  Alex also works as an ESPNU campus connector as a representative of Oregon.  He hopes to break into the sports media and marketing world once he graduates in June.  All in all Alex is a huge Pac-12 and passionate Duck fan.  Alex would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about each and every one of his articles.