Photo courtesy of David Putzier at Flickr.

reverse image

reverse image

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley says contrasting style will clash in the Rose Bowl matchup with Wisconsin.

The matchup features two of the top rushing offenses in the country. Oregon is fifth at 295.7 yards per game, with national rushing leader LaMichael James setting the Ducks’ blur tempo. The Badgers counter with the nation’s fourth-ranked rusher, Montee Ball, and the No. 10 rushing offense overall, keyed by a mammoth, mauling offensive line.

Josh at takes an early look at the matchup against the Badgers.

The Badgers have not seen anything like the Oregon offensive machine gun-like attack and overall team speed. Whether or not the Badgers can eat up enough clock on offense to keep their defense off the field and fresh enough to handle the Oregon offense for 4 quarters will be a key. If not, the physical toll of chasing Duck players from sideline to sideline over and over again, the type of “body blows” Oregon typically uses to wear down opponents with in the first half will turn into knock out punches late.

• Ken Goe believes Oregon will need to get out to a fast start for the best success against Wisconsin.

• Aaron Fentress believes Wisconisn will be a tough matchup for the Ducks.

Matt Hayes at The Sporting News makes an early prediction for the Rose Bowl: Oregon 36, Wisconsin 34.

• Ted Miller notes that Oregon is the only team in the Pac-12 not to be an underdog during bowl season.

• LaMichael James was named to the coaches' All-America team yesterday.

James leads the nation in rushing with 149.64 yards per game. He has 1,646 yards this season, becoming the first player in conference history to rush for 1,500 or more yards three times in a career.


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

The Pac seriously needs to show up this bowl season.