What to look for against Cal: Final FishDuck Hints

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Big Rushing Game for Oregon?

The game against Cal could be a huge rushing game for the Oregon offense as former News Anchor in Eugene, Todd McKim, revealed yesterday in an interview with Steve Tannen at 953TheScore  (Eugene local radio). Todd has served during the Rich Brooks and Mike Bellotti eras before working for Cal, and he explained how the Bears were pleased with the progress on offense as they have already scored more touchdowns this year than all of last.

He readily admits that they “give up a bunch, and massive rebuilding on defense, in particular the defensive line” needs to occur. Their best defensive lineman, Brendan Scarlett from Portland, is doubtful to play tonight, and his replacement is a freshman defensive end at only 235 pounds. Of further interest to Oregon fans is Todd Barr at the other defensive end position.  Barr broke the hearts of Duck fans during recruiting years ago as he decided on signing with Cal at the last moment. How did THAT work out?

So “ground-and-pound” may be theme tonight, and I would not be surprised to see more of the Outside Zone Read or Sweep Read used as practice in this game.  Neither play has been used much this year, thus the perfect opportunity to get the timing down with the new players at right tackle. This is a superb time for backup offensive linemen to get their feet wet in real game-time as well.

We should also be looking for more plays out of the new Pistol Formation for the Ducks, as the kinks in timing can be worked out with them. If Cal scores a bunch—we may have to pass to keep up, but I believe we will keep them less than 24 points, thus the bevy of running backs at Oregon will get their touches.

Oregon fans could make a difference...

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Oregon fans could make a difference…

Mr. McKim also noted how the Oregon fans could make an impact upon home field, as many Cal fans have to drive an extra 50 miles from Berkeley, and are pulled away to watch the SF Giants in the World Series. Consider also the location of Levi stadium; picture placing a stadium in Oregon at the intersection of I-5 and I-205, and during commuting time on a Friday you schedule a 7:00 game!  Geez…the traffic would be backed up to Walla-Walla! What a mess.

For more preparation for the game—see the tremendous Cal analysis by Rory Davidson, and if you want to chuckle at a spoof of the Bears—be sure to check Kim Hastings humor article.

Bring on the Bears!

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Charles Fischer

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Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...