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Oregon Football: Ducks Take On Colorado, Look To Address Issues

Colorado: Like the practice team, but from Colorado.
A picture of a green Oregon Ducks helmet.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 09: A helmet for the Oregon Ducks is displayed during a press conference for the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on January 9, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Colorado Buffaloes (1-6, 1-3 PAC-12), with their lone win over Washington State and losses to FCS Sacramento State and Fresno State, come to Autzen Stadium on Saturday. Not even the Denver media believes the Buffaloes have a chance.

Obviously Chip and the Ducks are not taking this week lightly with the head coach quoted as saying, “We will prepare like we normally do.” But with the Ducks favored by 47 points, there are some areas in which Oregon could improve upon to prepare for the next game at USC and games against Stanford and the very impressive Oregon State Beavers.

Some things we would like to see:

  1. Get DAT back on track: Against ASU last week, DAT was held to 25 yards on 12 attempts and only four yards in the receiving game. A TD or long, explosive gain this week will work wonders for adding another element to Oregon's offense.
  2. Eliminate all turnovers: Last week, Oregon fumbled early in the game. Tough opponents in the future will take advantage of these mistakes. You can't walk (or run) if you keep shooting yourself in the foot.
  3. Eliminate penalties: So far this season, Oregon has 56 penalties, good for around 8 penalties per game. Again, eliminate the mistakes. Oregon is the 108th team in the nation - pretty low. We need to improve on this.
  4. Take one back: So far, Oregon is only averaging 15.39 yards per kick return. While the Ducks have not had to rely on another phase of the game, it may against better competition.
  5. Win in the trenches: Football is a big boy's game, won and lost on the line of scrimmage. So far this year, there have been 48 tackles for losses in our backfield. That number is way too high. Oregon ranks with the bottom feeders, 103 in the nation. We cannot allow opposing teams to play in our backfield.

While there is no need to be alarmed, polishing up some little things could pay huge dividends when the Ducks travel to Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Corvallis.