Many people could make a solid argument for the Oregon Ducks being the top team in the nation — and why not. Scoring 50 points seemingly every game and winning by an average of 49 points per game seems to be the topic of everyone’s discussion on their potency. They are scary-good — at least so far.
On the other side of the field, the Colorado Buffaloes could surprise some people this year in the Pac-12, especially after their poor 2012 season. They are 2-1 to start the season for the first time in recent memory, but playing Oregon will be an entirely new challenge for this inexperienced team.
Oregon has the scariest offense in college football, arguably, and it’s led by sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota who is one of the best dual-threats in the nation. The young gunslinger has 1,003 yards and nine touchdowns as well 295 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. De’Anthony Thomas is one of the most electric players in the nation at running back with 338 yards and six touchdowns on a six yards per carry average. It’s been nearly impossible for anyone to stop this offense that averages 59.8 points per game.
Colorado has a solid passing attack behind the strong arm of Connor Wood who has 887 yards passing along with eights scores through the air. His favorite target has been Paul Richardson who has 26 catches for 487 yards and five touchdowns through three games — unheard of numbers through just three contests. The run game is not very good as the leading rusher has just 107 yards.
Defensively, the Buffaloes allow 32 points per game while scoring just 31.7 — not a good thing to be outscored every game on average. Oregon has allowed some teams to gain some solid positive yardage every game, but they have allowed just 10.8 points per game — good for fourth in the nation.
Oregon will travel to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network.
PREDICTION: Oregon 52, Colorado 20
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