Three Weeks Down, and What Have We Learned?

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Kevin Cline 

Three weeks have passed since the opening weekend in College Football.  Like any season, there have been upsets, close games, and dominating wins across the nation.  Each game teaches us something new about the teams we follow, and as time progresses, we obtain an idea for where our team stands in the big picture.  So where do the dominating Ducks stand this year?

Ballin! On to the Next One

Kevin Cline

Ballin’! On to the Next One!

To be honest, even after three weeks of college football, we have absolutely no idea where we stand.  In fact, had we not played our three previous games, we would understand our team just as well – and by that I mean, not at all.  We have absolutely dominated every team that we have faced, starting with Nicholls as our home opener, then going to Virginia for our first crack ever at an ACC opponent, and finally finishing off the Tennessee Volunteers in a game that many had stopped watching after a 28-point throwdown in the second quarter.

So why do I say we have absolutely no idea where our team stands in the grand picture?  WE HAVEN’T FACED ANYONE OF OUR STATURE!  Sure, Tennessee is an SEC team that came into the Ducks game 2-0, with dominating wins against their opponents.  But Tennessee is rebuilding and not back among the elite of the SEC — and barely tested Oregon.

The Ducks have a bye week this week, which in some ways is a good thing, and in some, bad.  Too much time off can throw off previously-established chemistries, and can also mentally take you away from the game.  However, it also is a time to study film, rest the bodies and come out with fresh legs a couple of Saturdays later.

The Ducks face the Cal Bears in their next game, and as weird as it sounds, the Bears, out of all of the PAC-12 teams in recent years, have given the Ducks the most trouble.  However, a Bears 37-30 win against Portland State University should have us feeling a little more comfortable coming into this one.

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Dean Davis

Dean Davis

Dean Davis grew up for most of his life in the Bay Area. A huge 49er and Warrior fan. After moving to Eugene in 2010 he couldn't resist the urge to add the Ducks to his list of favorites, and is now aDuck fan for life. Dean is a Human Physiology student at the U of O who loves to play basketball and stay in shape during his free time. His favorite Duck of all time is Anthony Blake, a warrior on and off the field. You can Tweet Dean at @DeanDavisDaDuck

  • Jason Curtis

    I wouldn’t say we’ve learned nothing. I would say what we have learned we need to take with a grain of salt. We had a similar opening 3 games last year. Arky State, Fresno ST and TN Tech. This years schedule is a tad tougher. Through 3 games last year we gave up about 3 times as many points as this year. (TN Tech scored a TD on their 1st drive) This would lead me to believe that our defense has improved. At the same time I would say our LB’s are still a question mark in terms of a WA, UCLA and STAN.

    I think we’ve learned that we are not as good running the ball straight up the middle at this point. Need work there. Also learned that Helf and Frosty will throw the ball more. MM’s most yards last week. I also believe we’re not ‘platooning’ our WR’s as much as last year. Huff, Addison and Hawk seem to be the solid starters with the others being a true 2nd string.

    I learned that our O line and D line are improved this year. Prior to the TN game many people were still saying their lines would be pretty dominant. TN is not a good team right now but they do have great athletes on those lines and on an individual match up basis I thought our boys matched up very well. Gives me reason to be optomistic.