College Football Week 2: Fresno State At #4 Oregon
- CoachingPat Hill was let go after 15 seasons. Tim DeRuyter, most recently at Texas A&M, replaced him. DeRuyter has a defensive background, which is surely a big reason why he got the job considering, Fresno’s ineptitude on that side of the ball.Chip Kelly recruits to his system as well as any coach in the country. He craves speed and he knows where to find it. It is hard to prepare for Oregon’s no-huddle, up-tempo attack, especially if you’ve never seen it before.
- OffenseDerek Carr is the returning starter at quarterback and the brother of Fresno legend David Carr. Robbie Rouse is an outstanding senior tailback. The Bulldogs’ offense should hum.When Bryan Bennett wasn’t named the starting quarterback, he considered leaving the program. But perhaps he realized he’d still get plenty of playing time considering Oregon’s lopsided scores. Bennett took over for Marcus Mariota on Oregon’s last drive of the second quarter. With the Ducks’ slew of tailbacks (297 rushing yards last week), quarterback play won’t be a huge issue.
- DefenseThe reason for the coaching change was the Fresno defense, which ranked among the nation’s worst last season. Even with a defense-first head coach, don’t expect a drastic turnaround right away.Oregon is not a team that is offended by giving up points. It just wants to get the ball back so it can score again. Arkansas State piled up 530 yards against the Ducks; as is often the case, though, it wasn’t enough.
- Special TeamsFreshman kickers are usually unreliable, though Quentin Breshears did make his only attempt, a 39-yarder, in the opener.The Ducks have speed everywhere, including on their kick and punt return teams. Their kicker will mostly be called on for lots of extra point attempts.
A rebuilding defense against this Oregon offense? Fresno will be lucky to be within three touchdowns.