Oregon Ducks Football: Scouting Colorado’s Offense


The Colorado Buffaloes (1-6, 1-3) visit Autzen Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 pm PT.  The Buffaloes limp into Oregon having lost their last three games while being outscored 143-37 by UCLA, Arizona State and USC.  Colorado’s only win on the season was back on September 22nd when they beat Washington State 35-34 in Pullman.

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The two teams have played each other sixteen times with both sides getting eight wins.  The Ducks won last year’s meeting by a 45-2 score.  Jon Embree’s team enters the Oregon contest last in the Pac-12 in scoring offense.  They have 17 touchdowns through seven games for an average of 18.7 points per game.

Offensive Breakdown

  • Passing: 7th in conference, 79th nationally
  • Rushing: 9th in conference, 109th nationally
  • Scoring: Last in conference, 114th nationally

What offensive formation does Colorado run?

The Buffaloes run a Pro Style Offense led by former NFL running back, Eric Bieniemy.  Bieniemy is the Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs coach.

Who are those playmakers on offense?

There are three major players to watch: quarterback Jordan Webb, running back Christian Powell and tight end Nick Kasa.

  • Webb: 1351 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, 55.7% completion percentage
  • Powell: 83 carries for 350 yards, 3 touchdowns, highest rushing game this season was 147 yards
  • Kasa: 15 receptions for 280 yards, 3 touchdowns, 18.7 yards per catch

Where does Oregon match up the best against this offense?

The Duck defense has recorded 22 sacks on the season while Colorado has given up the second most sacks in the conference with 32.  Colorado has major problems running the football so if Oregon can make the Buffaloes one-dimensional it should be a big day for the pass rushers.

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