Oregon football is gearing up for an intriguing Alamo Bowl matchup against Oklahoma and here’s what we want to see from the Ducks.
The Alamo Bowl isn’t exactly what Oregon football expected when the season began and especially after beating Ohio State, but the Ducks still get an exciting matchup with Oklahoma.
We are just a few days away from the big game down in Texas and while these two aren’t playing for a national title, they’re still playing for respect and momentum heading into 2022.
Here’s what I want to see from the Ducks in their matchup with Oklahoma.
3. A complete defensive effort
All year long, Oregon has been somewhat disappointing on the defensive side of the ball despite having a ton of talent. There were All-American level players at each level of the defense such as Kayvon Thibodeaux, Noah Sewell, Mykael Wright, and Verone McKinley III.
But now, the Ducks will be playing without two of those guys in the Alamo Bowl as Thibodeaux and Wright and opted out of the bowl to prepare for the NFL draft.
Against Oklahoma, guys like Sewell, Dontae Manning, Trikweze Bridges, Jamal Williams, and everyone along the defensive line will have to step up. There needs to be a complete defensive effort for the Ducks against the Sooners because, well, they have an explosive offense.
In order to contain Caleb Williams, the line needs to wreak havoc, and the secondary needs to lock down those talented receivers.
I want to see Oregon live up to its defensive potential in order to gain some momentum heading into the Dan Lanning era.