The Oregon Ducks by no means invented the up-tempo, no-huddle offense, but the success they’ve had over the past few years has made the perception of the team inseparable from the style of play. With his Washington Huskies about to take on the Ducks this weekend in what is one of the most vitriolic and underrated rivalries in college football, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke about the influence the team from Eugene has had on his Huskies:
I watched how difficult it was to defend them. They were unique in the way they did it. … They were run, run, run. Early on with Chip it was a run-first offense and it still continues to be. There was unique challenges to it that opened my eyes to trying to understand what they were doing and how they were doing it.
I think (Oregon’s success) definitely played a part in it. … I think it’s been a positive change for us (The Seattle Times).
Washington’s decision to embrace the up-tempo style of Oregon has certainly paid dividends in 2013. The Huskies are fifth in the nation in yards per game (557.0) and are on pace to shatter the school record in that category. They are also averaging almost 14 more points per game than they did in 2012.
Still, executing an Oregon-style offense against, say, Illinois, is different than executing it against the Ducks themselves. Make sure to tune in when Oregon and Washington play this weekend (1:00 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1). It should be a thrilling game.
[Source: The Seattle Times]