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College Football Week 11: #2 Oregon At Cal

#2 Oregon
Cal
Oregon v USC
Washington v California
Coaching
Winner People were excited to see Oregon challenged for the first time all year, in a primetime, nationally-televised game no less. Chip Kelly’s squad beat USC 62-51.
Jeff Tedford’s seat is very hot after his team lost at home to Washington last week to fall to 3-7. Closing the season against the Oregon schools could easily mean the Bears will end on a five-game losing streak.
Offense
Winner Oregon kept its foot on the gas pedal for four quarters for the first time all season, scoring 62 against the Trojans. Their 730 yards (321 on the ground by Kenjon Barner) were the most ever for a USC opponent.
Cal was crippled by four turnovers last week. Only five teams in the country have turned it over more than the Bears.
Defense
Winner The big numbers USC put up—especially in the second half—were partly due to injuries sustained along Oregon’s defensive line. And few teams in the country can light it up like USC can. This defense is not great, but it’s better than it’s been in past years.
Cal’s defense is ranked 51st in the country and hasn’t shown it is capable of slowing an offense as prolific as Oregon’s (has any defense?).
Special Teams
Winner The Ducks had to punt just once last week. Does Chip Kelly even waste a scholarship on a punter? The Ducks have been solid in most phases of special teams.
The Bears are below average in all phases of special teams according to the FEI ratings.

The Winner Is

Oregon v USC
Winner #2 Oregon
4 out of 4

Even if Oregon has a slight hangover from the USC game, it should still have enough firepower to easily handle the Bears.

-Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor

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