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Oregon Football

Tale of the Tape: Offense

October 10, 2017
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When Oregon and Stanford meet on Saturday night it will unlikely be an offensive shootout. Both teams, surprisingly are defensive minded and will rely on the run game to find success. 

If that is in fact the case, points will be hard to come by in this one, meaning every misake will be magnified in this one.

In most games this season I've given Oregon the offensive edge. But this week I'm not sure that's the case. It's a close one but let's get into the numbers. 

Remember I grade on a 0-2 scale for who has the advantage by position group.

Quarterback

If I'm grading Taylor Alie or Braxton Burmeister against Keller Chryst and KJ Costello I don't have much choice. They definitely have a strong advantage over Oregon unless the Ducks find an immediate answer at quarterback.

I think Burmeister will be better this week, assuming he's the guy, but it won't match Chryst or Costello.

Stanford +2

Running Back

If I knew Royce Freeman was 100-percent healthy I might give the Ducks the nod here. Now Bryce Love is a fantastic running back. And Freeman is too. However I'm not sold Royce is full-go and this one is really close. 

The Ducks have better depth at running back but that won't matter unless the line is blocking.

I'll give this one a push.

Even

Wide Receiver

I will go out on a limb and assume Oregon is healthier than they were a week ago. If Charles Nelson and Dillon Mitchell are in fact back, the Ducks have the advantage here. I like Trenton Irwin at Stanford but that's not enough.

I think the Ducks have the slight edge here.

Oregon +1

Tight End

Neither team utitlizes the position well outside of consistent blocking. Jacob Breeland has shown up on occasion but hasn't been a mainstay of the Oregon offense this year.

This is another group that really doesn't have one standout one way or the other to me.

Even

Offensive Line

Both teams will rely on the run game, which, in turn means they need some solid blocking. Oregon has had that in games but also has not had it. Stanford has been pretty consistent. 

This is a really hard group for me to grade and give one team the edge on. So really I'm going to play it safe and call it a push, although I do think Stanford might have the edge. I suppose it depends on which Oregon offensive line we see Saturday night.

Even

Conclusion

Out of a possible max of 10, Stanford has the edge by 1. In short I think these two offenses are similar and somewhat evenly matched. What will tip the scales is if one side gets hot and how Oregon's quarterback and offensive line performs. 

Can the Ducks defense keep Bryce Love in check?

This one is just real tight and I think my score reflects how close it really is.

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