How Will Oregon Triumph Opening Weekend?


If the third time really is a charm, then we haven’t seen all of Super Mariota yet.

September 1, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Byron Marshall (9) runs the ball against Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive back Don Jones (5) at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

In his first two outings under center, redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota has ran the Oregon offense to perfection. It’s a fast-paced, scary spread offense that features multiple weapons in De’Anthony Thomas, Kenjon Barner, Josh Huff, and more.

The first seven possessions were good for seven touchdowns for the Ducks. Now the question is, what could the offense do against a worse defense?

Fresno State comes in with another talented offense, similar to Arkansas State in having a smart quarterback. Derek Carr is the younger brother of David Carr, who is most famous for his playing time with the Houston Texans in the NFL.

Carr is entering his junior season, and started off with a bang against Weber State completing 80 percent of his passes.

In comparison, Red Wolves’ quarterback Ryan Aplin had similar success leading his offense for over 500 yards against the Ducks defense.

Yes, that offense was produced mostly after the contest was unofficially over, but any sort of criticism will be maximized for a team like the Oregon Ducks who are easily a national title contender.

The questions will still be asked even after the non-conference slate. All of us realize it’s a joke. Not playing any major competitors until entering conference play.

But does that help a new quarterback get the gist of head coach Chip Kelly’s system?

Will there be any struggles after dominating opening weekend?

There’s still a lot of interest in seeing if Oregon is as scary good as it was a week ago.

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