What does Oregon get for its troubles following a reduction last week at home against Stanford? : A road game against a better version of this Cardinal.
The Ducks play at No. 11 Utah Saturday at Salt Lake City, Utah, and on newspaper have no chance to win, or even stay close. So much so the 14-point spread seems 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 at the Pac-12 in 255.4 yards allowed per game to confront the hottest rushing attack in the seminar.
“Same thing as last week, really,” Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke said. “You have got to stop the run. There’s little doubt about it.”
Oregon hasn’t stopped the run all season. Not even against UC Davis and Virginia in what appears like beams ago. Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey ran rampant a week, scoring three touchdowns as the Cardinal, owners of the worst crime in the conference, averaging 340 yards per game, put 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 back Joe Williams. He”retired” for four games to start the season only to be talked back into enjoying. Since his return, Williams has averaged 216 total yards and 156.5 yards rushing per game. He has gained 939 rushing yards on 7.0 yards per carry.
“He is maybe the most explosive and the quickest of some of the backs we’ve had here as far as a home run-type back which could extend the distance from anywhere on the field,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham told colleagues this week.
To make things worse for Oregon, Williams runs behind a veteran offensive line.
“They’re bodily upfront,” Hoke said. “Very senior-oriented offensive line together with three guys up there that have played a great deal of football”
The Ducks are the contrary with one senior starting on a young defense that’s rotated through 14 defensive linemen this year.
“We had a fantastic week of training precisely the same thing we 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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