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Oregon Football

Three Keys for Success

October 13, 2017

Saturday night Oregon will head to Palo Alto with a tough task ahead of them. The Ducks will face a ranked opponent for the second straight week when they face Stanford.

This is the heart of the Oregon schedule and unfortunately there are not many 'easy' games left. If Oregon can get Justin Herbert back this season with a few games left, that will help things significantly.

But for now we have to examine how Oregon can win with Braxton Burmeister or Taylor Alie at quarterback.

And with that will come a certain level of responsbility by this team to rally around him.

So how could Oregon beat Stanford? They'll need to do these three things if they want to win.

Contain Bryce Love

I mean you won't stop him. He's going to get some yards. But try and limit the gashing explosion plays he's so good at. If Oregon can force someone else on this team to beat them offensively, they could find themselves still in this game late. 

Another key is limiting his first down success. Forcing Stanford into 2nd and 3rd and long and obvious passing situations will keep this game in check.

Self-Inflicted Wounds

I guess this will remain a theme until Oregon fixes it. The Ducks are one of the most penalized teams in the country. And the minute they step on the field, the refs are already watching them for it. 

This is not going to be easy to overcome, but Oregon has to get better at penalties. There is no ideal time for a penalty but they seem to have more at the worst possible time. 

If you are going to beat a team like Stanford, you are going to have to not only improve penalties, you have to play mistake-free football. Turnovers included. 

It can be done, but Oregon has to play a clean game Saturday night.

Establish the Run Game

Yes, I'm aware teams are going to key on the run game and force Oregon to throw the ball. But teams know Stanford is going to run and they have success. Teams know Alabama is going to run, they also find success.

Oregon has to figure out ways to establish the run game and be successful. Even against 7 or 8 man boxes. 

I'm not a coach in that locker room so I can't tell you how to get this done. But if other teams can run even when they know it's coming, Oregon can do the same. 

They will absolutely have to run the ball early and often allowing Burmeister to be able to manage the game. 


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