Why Oregon Will Win
Because we have no business losing to a Mountain West team. Our speed will just be too much for them, and the running game will soften it up for Herbz to do his thing. Herbz’s thing is tearing up defenses.
Am I really going to say…the…defense? Y’all, we had FOUR forced turnovers against Nebraska. Multiple from freshman. That is a very, very good thing. This defense looks like a group of individuals that is really starting to emerge as a total unit. I’m going to project optimistically and say by the end of this season (and especially one or two seasons down the line), this defense could have the nastiness of the squads of 2010, ’11, and ’12. Or I could be wrong, and they might look like a team made up mostly of first and second year players. Who knows?
From what I saw LIVE last week at Autzen this team has it going on. I think our D is so vastly improved that we can hopefully stop this allegedly super-duper amazing quarterback I keep hearing about. Seems like he is their only weapon and we are stacked. On Offense we have Herbert, Freeman, Benoit and a host of other playmakers and on D we have Thomas Graham Jr who is probably going to intercept this supposedly super-duper amazing quarterback that shall remain nameless.. And don’t forget the amazing Charles Nelson!
Wyoming is small potatoes. They lost to an Iowa team that probably isn’t that good, and that threw the ball 15 times against them for 125 yards. They’ll face a much more stout passing attack versus this Oregon team who is averaging 360 yards through the air per game. Wyoming also doesn’t run the ball very well, averaging about 62 YPG. They’re scoring about 15 PPG. That’s not enough to beat Oregon no matter what kind of defense you play. Oregon is averaging 634 yards of total offense and only giving up 363. Seems like a lot still, but it’s been getting the job done. Look for Justin Herbert to have a field day against this Wyoming secondary.
Oregon is multi-dimensional on offense and Wyoming is not. The Cowboys have rushed for just 124 yards total over two games, and one of those was at home vs. FCS bottom-feeder Gardner-Webb. They start two true freshmen on the o-line, and their best option at running back might be a guy who was converted from linebacker last week. QB Josh Allen is a big-time NFL prospect, but he struggled at Iowa in week one as the Hawkeyes took advantage of Wyoming’s futility on the ground. Look for Oregon to try to do the same on Saturday night.
Defensively, Wyoming looks solid. They haven’t allowed 300+ total yards to either of their opponents. However, they have only faced 22(!) pass attempts this season, so their secondary isn’t exactly battle-tested.
At this point I’m wondering if Willie “Bear Bryant” Taggart will ever lose a game at Oregon?
*extreme Lavar Ball voice*
Undefeated. Never lost.
Wyoming can’t run the ball this year, like at all. If only for a week, Oregon looked spry against the run vs Nebraska. If the Cowboys want to win this game, they’ll have to keep Yung Herbz and his band of marauders off the field, so the run game is key. NFL scouts see Josh Allen and see future NFL franchise QB. I see Josh Allen and see Jake Locker.
Jake Locker never beat Oregon, nor will Josh Allen.
This is pretty simple: Oregon is just better in all around talent. Herbz and Royce are premiere level talent and are on a roll and I can’t see Wyoming stopping the offensive train. There will be a ton of Swag Surfin’ on Saturday.
Why Oregon Could Lose:
Our defense comes back to Hokeian form and Wyoming’s NFL prospect QB burns us for some big plays. Fumbles come back to haunt us and we have a complete meltdown. Wyoming is tough up the middle of the defense and we stall out, allowing them to gain momentum. It’s unlikely, but we can’t forget how young this Ducks team is.
It all comes down to the big question: is Wyoming dark horse star QB Josh Allen more Carson Wentz or Brock Osweiler? Is his defining feature that he’s NBA tall or can he actually ball with the big boys? Over 20 NFL scouts are betting on the latter. SUU and Nebraska did not feature legitimate stars at QB — is our defense ready for that? The smart money says no.
So the 2nd half of the Neb game was weird so if that kind of stalling happens again and they have QB Voldermort I don’t know – I guess it could go horribly wrong. Otherwise, I really don’t see us losing this one.
Oregon takes this game lightly, is playing at elevation, and forgets that Josh Allen is a first round NFL draft pick (more than likely.) Wyoming’s defense is good, or at least has looked stout, but the competition hasn’t really been the type of world beaters that you would want to compare Oregon against. Oregon’s first away game of the year will teach all of us a lot about this team and what they’re made of. Austin Conway is Josh Allen’s favorite target, so someone will need to watch him both receiving and on special teams where he returns punts. Wyoming has won eight straight regular season games at home. That’s nothing to shake a stick at, Oregon needs to be prepared.
Josh Allen has a coming out party and is the best player on the field. Wyoming’s salty defense forces turnovers and contains Oregon’s rushing attack. The Ducks are more second-half-of-the-Nebraska-game than first, and the Cowboys hang around and hang around, then steal it late.
Is saying a plane crash over Yellowstone too morbid? Yeah? Okay, never mind, redact that. The only way I see Oregon losing is if they just kick the ball around all day, and lose the turnover battle by 4+.
The altitude could be a factor. Playing at over 7200’ above sea level is different than playing at 500’. Look for the boys to suck some wind. The other reason is that the secondary is still widely inexperienced and the ‘Pokes have a quality QB who can make all of the throws.
Oregon wins, 55-21
Oregon wins, 45-24
Ducks 49 – Wyoming 45 – I don’t think it’s gonna be a blow out but I think we pull off the W.
48-20, Oregon puts this game away early.
Oregon wins 51-24. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist have a long ride home.
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