CFP Championship Strengths: Oregon

2015 National Championship - Oregon's biggest strengths

- Keys To The Game: Ohio State
- Keys To The Game: Oregon
- Ohio State Players To Watch
- Oregon Players To Watch
- Ohio State’s Biggest Strengths
- Oregon’s Biggest Strengths

Oregon’s Biggest Strengths

1. Passing efficiency

Yes, Ohio State is No. 4 in the nation in pass efficiency defense, and yes, the coaching staff has plenty of time to come up with something special for the Marcus Mariota, but it still might not matter. For all of Florida State’s quirkiness and issues throughout the year, it also had a ton of speed and athleticism on defense, and it didn’t matter a lick. Oregon, partly due to the scheme, and mainly because it has an NFL starting quarterback under center, didn’t flinch all season long, even in the loss to Arizona with the offense coming up with 302 passing yards and three touchdowns with no picks. Mariota threw two picks in three games last year, and none the rest of the way. No. 8 and Oregon faced a slew of great defenses in the Pac-12 this year, and it didn’t matter.

2. Scoring. Lots of scoring

Alabama had an explosive offense, but it wasn’t consistent, struggling against LSU, having a hard time putting away Mississippi State, and sputtering against Arkansas. While the overall Crimson Tide numbers were great, it wasn’t a team used to simply cranking up big points every single week no matter what. Ohio State has turned into that team after the first two games of the season, scoring 42 or more in every game but one since the Virginia Tech loss, but Oregon does it better. This is almost certainly going to be a fun and wild shootout, much like OSU got into against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but Oregon is more used to it and has been consistently stronger at putting up massive numbers. The O was held to 24 points in the loss to Arizona has scored 42 or more in each of the other 13 games. Stanford finished the year No. 3 in total defense, and Oregon hung 45 on the board. Michigan State, even with the wild Cotton Bowl against Baylor on the books, finished eighth in total D, and Oregon scored 46. Ohio State comes into the game 17th in the nation in total defense, and Oregon will score at least 40 points on it.

3. Tempo

Go to the kitchen and get a snack, and by the time you come back Oregon might have put 21 points on the board. As Florida State found out so painfully, you can never, ever, ever take a moment off, and even if you think you came up with a big play, Oregon is at the line ant ready to roll a heartbeat later. The offense ran 973 plays on the year, which isn’t all that many except for the fact that the O had it about 27 minutes per game. The Ducks simply don’t care a lick about time of possession, because they’ll score fast, they’ll score a lot, and then the other team starts to panic and gets rattled. Florida State came up with 528 yards on the Oregon D, moving the ball without much of a problem, but a few turnovers and a few mistakes opened the door, and then … boom. A 25-20 Oregon lead turned into 45-20 in just over five minutes. Oregon’s touchdown drives against FSU took 2:05, 3:00, 1:32, 1:21, 0:21, 2:01 and 2:23. It doesn’t matter how hard an opponent tries, there’s no preparing for the pacing.

- Keys To The Game: Ohio State
- Keys To The Game: Oregon
- Ohio State Players To Watch
- Oregon Players To Watch
- Ohio State’s Biggest Strengths
- Oregon’s Biggest Strengths


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