This past weekend of college football action was great. There were several close games and a surprising upset…Arkansas, seriously? These smaller colleges are starting to prove that they belong with the top conferences. The PAC-12 played better than they did last weekend, as ten teams pulled off victories. The only teams to be defeated were Oregon and Oregon State, who, oddly, lost to the top Michigan college football teams (Spartans and Wolverines). The Ducks suffered a heartbreaking loss, while the Beavers took a beat down from Harbaugh in the Big House.
Oregon State looked okay in the first week of college football. They played Weber State at Corvallis and did well on defense. It’s going to take Gary Anderson a while to get the Beavers where he wants them. In the second week, he played a Michigan program that may exceed expectations for Harbaugh’s first year. The Wolverines could be 2-0, as they had plenty of opportunities to defeat the Utes in week one. The Beavers’ defense couldn’t handle the tough offensive line of Michigan and the Wolverines managed to run all over them. Hopefully, the Beavers will rebound against San Jose State.
The Ducks lost a tough one to a great Michigan State team. The defense looked better than they did in week one against Eastern Washington. The Ducks looked impressive when they were facing the run, though Sparty still managed to pull off several great runs. The Ducks need to focus on their passing defense some more, as Connor Cook made several easy throws across the middle, though the Ducks did manage to keep the Spartans from hitting any home runs. Washington State and Cal could be a threat for the Ducks.
Offensively, the Ducks went up-tempo, but the offense didn’t seem to be clicking. It could be due to the index finger injury that Vernon Adams Jr. has at the moment. The injury messed with the rotation of Adams’ throws and caused Adams to be uncomfortable in the pocket. Adams tried to make several plays with his feet and it often at times felt as if he were trying to do too much. But for someone who has been on the team for only four weeks, he played great against a top-five opponent. Bralon Addison and Royce Freeman had great performances in the game. Addison provided a spark in the second half with his punt return touchdown and helped the Ducks gain momentum. Byron Marshall and Addison were wide open at the end of the game, but Adams couldn’t manage to get the ball to these guys to extend the game or win it. The Ducks will look to recover against Georgia State at home this week. Also, good job, Marcus Mariota!