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Oregon Football

Three Keys to Victory

September 23, 2017

It's getting close to game time. There is some terrific football on television right now to help pass the time until a 7PM Kickoff. 

Oregon will tangle with the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe. Which figures to be a bit of a shootout potentially. Oregon's defense has played well this year but Arizona State remains explosive on offense. 

Despite being 1-2, this figures to be a good test for the Ducks.

Last week our three keys to an Oregon victory included limiting mistakes, pressuring the quarterback and establishing the run game. Those three really apply to every game for the most part but here are this weeks keys.

Limit Explosion Plays

Oregon is pretty fortunate to have several big playmakers on offense. Thus far, Arizona State has really lived and died by the success of receiver N'Keal Harry. This week this Oregon defense needs to limit ASU and Harry from big 'explosion' plays offensively.

The good news is Oregon doesn't need to stack the box to slow down a run game. Kalen Ballage is a quality back but the holes just haven't been there for him.

It's still important to note this is a young defense that sees some realy youth in the secondary. ASU will move the ball and pick up some yards, but the key for Oregon is limiting the big plays and making them earn it.

Get Receiver Production

There is no question Oregon will run the ball later tonight. And chances are they should have success moving the chains with the run.

Should Charles Nelson not play, someone has to step up and take those big catches. Johnny Johnson has been good at times, as has Dillon Mitchell. And Schooler continues to learn his new position. 

Someone has to keep this defense honest and not allow them to stack the box on Royce Freeman. If I'm going to guess at ASU's defensive game plan, it's likely going to try and limit the Oregon run game. 

That should leave some openings for the receivers to exploit this risk-taking defense. It will be key for them to make ASU pay for coming up on the line of scrimmage.

Play a Complete Game

I'm not sure this is what will be needed to win this game. I have to think Oregon can win this one easily in Tempe but you just never know with conference road games. Especially when the sun goes down.

This will be more of a key for this team moving forward and its confidence. 

A lot has been made about this teams performance in the second half of games this season. Defensively it's been strong all year. However offensively things get pretty quiet for Oregon in the second half.

It would be nice to see Oregon keep rolling along against Arizona State to give them a boost for what is shaping up to be a key Cal game in two weeks.


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