No. 2 Oregon – Green With Envy
// Oct 27 - 2012 Season
Green with Envy
Autzen stadium in Eugene has become one of the most respected home venues in college football. Oregon has a loud and boisterous home crowd, and has become a difficult place for visiting teams to play.
Autzen stadium underwent a $90 million facelift ten years ago, with 12,000 seats and 32 luxury boxes added. The new addition brought the stadium capacity all the way up to …. 54,000.
That’s right. With all of the Nike money invested in the University of Oregon athletics, Autzen Stadium has a grand total of 387 more seats than Colorado’s Folsom Field.
Which gives some perspective as to how far the University of Oregon has come in the past decade or so. The Ducks are now a perennial ten-win team, and have been in the national championship conversation for most of the 21st century. Colorado is seven seasons removed from its last winning campaign, and hasn’t been ranked since 2007.
But it wasn’t always this way ….
Prior to the 21st century, the University of Oregon football team had posted ten wins in a season … exactly zero times.
Prior to the 21st century, the University of Oregon had appeared in 15 …
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October 27th – at Oregon No. 2 Oregon 70, Colorado 14
Oregon, the No. 2 team in the country, was a 47-point favorite at home over hapless Colorado. The line was an embarrassment for the CU program, but not half as embarrassing as the fact that the Ducks covered … by halftime.
Oregon ran through, around, and over the Colorado defense, scoring touchdowns on all seven first half possessions en route to a 56-0 halftime lead and 70-14 rout. The Ducks amassed a ridiculous 425 yards rushing, and 617 yards of total offense, holding the inept Buff offense to 245 yards of total offense. The game was so out of hand that Oregon’s backup quarterback, Bryan Bennett, out-scored the Colorado offense, three touchdowns to two.
The students at Oregon, much like their counterparts at Colorado, arrived fashionably late for the game. Unlike their Buff counterparts, however, the Duck fans missed the only competitive moments of the game with their tardiness.
Oregon won the coin toss to start the game. Most teams defer, opting to take the ball to start the second half. The Ducks, though, averaging 51 points per game, and well aware that Colorado had been scored upon …
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Colorado v. Oregon – Preview
USC was a 41-point favorite over Colorado last weekend. The Trojans were right on the number, up 47-6, until a late field goal pushed them over the top in a 50-6 romp.
Oregon has been posted as a 45- to 47-point favorite over Colorado this weekend.
Anyone willing to bet the farm that the Buffs will cover?
It’s a strange world where one team has to post six touchdowns just to get within a score of covering the point spread. Then again, we live in a world where Oregon out-scored Colorado 29-0 in the first quarter in Folsom last year. In a world where Oregon out-scored the best defense in the Pac-12, that of Arizona State, 43-7 in the first 20 minutes of last week’s game. In a world in which Colorado is 119th in scoring defense, with only one team in Division 1-A giving up more points per game (any guesses? The Baylor Bears).
Is there any chance of a Colorado victory? Not really.
When asked at the Tuesday press luncheon what his “realistic expectations” were for the Oregon game, Colorado safety Ray Polk hesitated. The question inferred that victory was …
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Colorado Daily – Oregon
Oregon Notes worth Noting
- Oregon’s string of 10 consecutive wins is second nationally to Alabama’s 11 straight victories.
- Oregon has scored 30 or more points in 20 straight games, the longest streak in the FBS. The Ducks are 39-2 when scoring 30-plus in the Kelly era.
- Oregon has scored 42 or more points in 10 straight games, including eight of 49 or more, and own the longest current streak in the nation of 40-plus points.
- The Ducks have never lost a game from Week 2 through Week 9 of a CFB season (27-0) in Kelly’s tenure as a head coach.
- UO is 7-0 for the second time in three years, but only the fourth time in 117 seasons (also in 1930, 1933). The school record for most consecutive victories to start a season is 12 by the 2010 squad.
- The Ducks are the national leader in red zone defense, having allowed opponents only 15 scores in 29 trips inside the red zone this year (51.7%), including only four TDs in 19 trips inside the 20-yard line in Pac-12 play. Oregon denied Arizona all six times it penetrated …
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