The Oregon Ducks are the real deal in 2013. The game against FCS opponent Nicholls State showed how great their offense continues to be and showed how dominant their defense can be, but it was still against an FCS opponent. The Ducks put criticism to rest with a dominant 59–10 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.
Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota should be the front runner for the Heisman trophy after his two opening game performances. Mariota has already thrown for over 450 yards and run for 235 yards; those 235 rushing yards have been on nine total runs. There isn’t a better dual threat quarterback in the entire country.
Oregon’s offense and defense both played really well for most of the game, and the scary thing is that the Ducks’ didn’t even look like they were at their best. If the Ducks continue to play like they have been, Oregon’s biggest threats in the PAC-12, Stanford and UCLA, will not stand a chance.
I get it; Virginia isn’t as strong as some of the teams in the ACC like the Florida State Seminoles or the Miami Hurricanes, but they are definitely not a pushover team. There are very few teams in the country that could put up 59 points on the Cavaliers – when I say very few, I mean Oregon and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Everything is leading up to an Oregon National Championship showdown against the Crimson Tide. It’s early in the season, but it’s already obvious that a game between Oregon’s high flying offense and Alabama’s stout defense would be one of the greatest National Championship games in the history of the NCAA. There’s a lot of time until we’ll know if Oregon will go to the National Championship, but at the moment, it doesn’t look like anyone is going to stop the Ducks from getting there.