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Oregon Football

Tale of the Tape: Defense

October 12, 2017
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On Wedensday we discussed the differences in the Oregon and Stanford offenses to determine who has the advantage.

Today we switch sides of the ball and look at the defense between these two Pac-12 North foes.

***The Juice - Oregon in the Driver's seat for Hufanga?***

While we gave Stanford the slight edge on offense, it's just as close on the defensive side.

But surprisingly, Oregon might have the edge, where it really counts.

Defensive Line

Just imagine a world where Oregon's defensive line is better than Stanford's. You can stop imagnining it now because you're living in it. But that's the truth here.

Oregon's defensive line has been better and more consistent this season in both the run and pass game. Stanford is really a one-man show up front at this point, allthough Harrison Phillips has been a monster so far this season.

Still, I'm prepared to give Oregon an edge for being better across the board, or at least being more effective.

Oregon +1

Linebacker

This is the reverse situation for Oregon and Stanford. Overall I'd say Stanford has a stronger group but Oregon has Troy Dye, who's the best of the bunch.

This is going to be a key group for Oregon this week. They will not have the luxury of missing tackles and taking bad angles against Bryce Love and Stanford.

I'm going to give Stanford the slight edge here, but it's close.

Stanford +1

Defensive Back

Here is another strong point of this Oregon defense. And the best part is, the Ducks are fully healthy this week with the return of Nick Pickett.

When Pickett, Robinson, Springs and Graham are on the field, there has not been a ton of openings for receivers. Oregon has faced a lot better receivers against ASU and Nebraska than Stanford possesses.

I'm giving Oregon a +1 edge here as well, which does give them the defensive advantage overall.

Conclusion

As I noted, Oregon has the edge here. Yesterday Stanford had the edge by 1 on offense, although some felt I wasn't giving Love enough love. 

Either way, these two teams are a lot more evenly matched than it probably feels. With Justin Herbert back there I wouldn't be surprised to see Oregon run away with this one. But they don't have him and I see a lot of 'ball control' by both teams coming Saturday.

Which if you are struggling to score points, always keeps you in the game at least. 

Oregon will have to play much cleaner football on Saturday, or they will literally cost themselves the game.

 

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