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Four Keys to Oregon Football Beating Georgia

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Our Oregon football program has been through a lot in the last ten seasons. With highs and lows underneath each new coaching...

 

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Agree with the last statement, this team needs to have fun, look like fun, and when the whistle blows the last time everyone should be able to say that was fun. Even if the scoreboard doesn't show we won, if it was a fun game to watch, we didn't lose.

 

That past couple years we won some games, but lost, our mojo, who we were, and need to be. If we are a fun program to watch, again, then all is good in my book. The big indicator is if Seven is exciting, but doesn't score seven, then all is good. 

 

I actually don't care if we win as much as we don't keep losing who we were. If the Ducks come out and introduce the Dan Lanning era, and it is compelling football, we may not have beat Georgia, but we are on the way to winning in the long run.

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The rapid emergence of the sophomore receivers will make-or-break this offense, and in turn the team IMHO.  If they gain separation and Nix hits them--it opens things up for the tight ends and the running game.

 

 

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I would add Seven McGee to the receivers that can make big plays down field and turn any play with the ball in space into a big play. He needs 8 touches minimum.

 

I also think, while certainly agreeing with limiting turnovers, we can't play too conservatively. We have to have some big plays and occasionally take some chances. Trust our playmakers.

 

In all likelihood will will have a very good defense this year from day one. We can either say, we will play conservatively to help out the defense, or we will play aggressively and trust the defense. I don't think conservatively is going to beat UGA.

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On  the offensive side, everyone has to be on their game.  The offensive line has to give Bo time to throw.  The wide receivers have to step it up a notch and get open quickly and Bo has to make good decisions and make quick  and precise throws.

 

Georgia won't give us 4 seconds to throw the ball.  Time for this talented wide receiver room to show up and show out.  

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First game out for Lanning is the defending National Champions. Ironic that it is Georgia. It would be beyond my expectations that Oregon beats them. 
 

Our QB and OL play will definitely dictate whether the Ducks have the ability to beat these guys. Offensively, the Ducks are solid. However, not one player on offense really stands out right now for Oregon. Collectively, they will all need to play solid football.
 

Defensively, I expect good things. However, with a new defensive scheme I expect some growth pains against a team the caliber of Georgia. 
 

Are they good enough to beat Georgia in Atlanta?  It certainly is not expected based upon the spread. However, we do have a good team with talented players that have nothing to lose. Georgia will be tough, but Oregon will also be a dangerous team for them to play.
 

 

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I'm not one who usually likes "moral victories", but there are exceptions.

 

I want the Ducks to beat Georgia, but if not, I'm with @Haywarduck on this one. I will be content if it's an exciting, close game that showcases the Ducks returning to their roots: fast, innovative, and exciting football.

 

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The game key that I'm watching for is that we have a higher score than UGA at the end of the game. I'll take field goals, safeties, scores by the Duck Defense, any and all points. Style points do not count.

 

The Ducks need to put on their big boy pants and show up. They need to deliver a little shock and awe playing with proficiency like they did last season in Ohio Stadium. 

 

Go Ducks! 10-weeks and counting....10 - 9 - 8---- DAWGS

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On 6/20/2022 at 7:53 AM, Charles Fischer said:

The rapid emergence of the sophomore receivers will make-or-break this offense, and in turn the team IMHO.  If they gain separation and Nix hits them--it opens things up for the tight ends and the running game.

 

 

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This is a classic catch from an AB throw. The defense is so certain we aren't going to throw downfield our receiver is wide open, and the throw looks more like a catch by a punt returner getting under the punt. Looking forward to our receivers catching passes in stride while going downfield, once again!

 

That is definitely something we will need to see to win against Georgia. I doubt Georgia is going to play off our wideouts, especially with the talent they have. The first game will be a huge test of our passing game, and the key players. If we can pass the ball against Georgia then it will be an amazing indicator going forward.

 

Basically I won't be shocked if Georgia can shut down parts of our offense. I will be extremely pleased if Oregon can move the ball well in any aspect. Georgia will be a huge, huge, massive test of our coaches and players on offense.

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On 6/20/2022 at 9:14 AM, Drake said:

Are they good enough to beat Georgia in Atlanta?  It certainly is not expected based upon the spread. However, we do have a good team with talented players that have nothing to lose. Georgia will be tough, but Oregon will also be a dangerous team for them to play.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I expect the Dawgs to win this one, I concur with Drake's assessment. I've  said before that if the spread remains 17 in favor of Georgia, I may place a small bet on the Ducks to beat the spread. But the Ducks are indeed going to have to  score a boatload of points to have a chance in this one against an offense, most of which returns from last year, that pretty much had its way against everyone it played except Clemson in the opener and Bama in the SEC Championship game. 

 

 

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I'll take a Moral victory, "good loss" against Georgia and be able to watch the rest of the games that day. I don't know if knowing that the players are having fun, and I'm having fun watching them is enough. That's what parents say when they watch their kids play, and to a point, where Beaver Nation is. It's not where the Ducks are.

 

Chip's teams were fun to watch, and they won. I wouldn't remember the Kelly era as fondly if they played the same exciting style but were 24-29 instead of 46-7. That isn't the Win the Natty or bust feeling that has taken over college football, but I put a premium on winning, winning ugly can be really fun.

 

Now, unless you're Alabama it's not realistic to expect to win it all. If you're going to even entertain the thought your team has to play top level football every week, it won't always be pretty, but it must be relentless. No fooling around. 

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Small things:

I believe the game is actually at a neutral site in Atlanta, not Athens, right? I know big difference right?

 

1) play so the officials can't swing the game. It's happened too many times. Blown calls, mystery penalties - usually not in our favor

 

2) game management - new head coach. Efficient use of TOs, player and play calling use and rotation

 

3) Emotions. Big game, lots of new faces. How will they handle that 

 

4) Turn-overs and penalties. Duh

 

5) Don't hate me... toughness. I know, I know, Mari killed that thing. But Georgia, the crowd, the refs, etc are going to try and bully the Ducks and make them quit. Don't 

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Point #1- pound the rock.

This is a big ask. Georgia has been and I expect will be, great against the run.

In one of Nix's games against Georgia, he was leading rusher.

 

We need, as Mr. Fishduck pointed out, to get good use from our receivers, especially Seven. He and Hutson will present key mismatches to help move the chains. That in turn will help the run game.

 

Georgia has a couple very good db's.

This should be a very fun game for Dillingham and Lanning to game plan for.

 

They think they know Nix, but Lanning knows them, and Dillingham will have some new tricks up his sleeve. 

 

The pressure is all on them to not just win, but dominate. I think it will be a very entertaining game. We will have so much to watch for, in game coaching, how are guys play, the defense, the offense, who steps up, etc.

 

This is a game we all better record, cuz we gonna watch it over and over.

Can't wait. Go Ducks!

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Against Ga I think it comes to depth on the line and their pass defenders.

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Keys that could give Oregon their best chance to pull off the upset.

 
1. I agree with the notion that Oregon needs to establish its running game.  It’s a big ask but likely not as daunting as it would have been last season.  If GA is forced to respect the running game it will really help The Ducks offense.  Oregon has a good O-line, and they must have a good game.  
 

2.  In contrast to #1, don’t allow GA’s running game to control the flow. GA plans to get a comfortable lead and then lean on the run to wear Oregon down.  Also, if GA thrives in the run game, Bennet will likely also thrive, especially on play action and read plays.  This will be a hard to stop.  GA has 3 freakishly talented TE,s that Oregon will often see on the field at the same time.  They block very well and create mismatches all over.

 

3.  Obviously, don’t turn the ball over.  
 

4.  Exploit any weakness you can find.  I’m not sure the the 2022 GA defense will have any obvious weakness, but if they do it could be key for Oregon.  I can tell you that the GA D will be very fast everywhere and speed oftentimes makes up for mistakes.  But GA is replacing many starters on D, it’s possible that Lanning can find some first game weaknesses.  

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Good points by Dawgs and Ducks on this board.  I brought this up when I joined but I would like to bring it up again, this is a great site for civil discussion about "your" team and "our" game.  I always get nervous when I see a Georgia poster because I am worried one of our "crazies" found this board.  But so far, at least what I have seen, we haven't had too many visit.

 

I imagine the odds will go up as we get closer to 9/3, but until then thanks for welcoming us! 🍻

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On 6/20/2022 at 9:39 PM, amcdawg said:

Good points by Dawgs and Ducks on this board.  I brought this up when I joined but I would like to bring it up again, this is a great site for civil discussion about "your" team and "our" game.  I always get nervous when I see a Georgia poster because I am worried one of our "crazies" found this board.  But so far, at least what I have seen, we haven't had too many visit.

 

I imagine the odds will go up as we get closer to 9/3, but until then thanks for welcoming us! 🍻

You won't find troll posters on this site because they are banned. That is why I enjoy it so much. Charles and his band of moderators work hard to keep the site clean.

 

It is so refreshing to have discussions without name calling, foul language, etc.

 

BTW, it is great to read viewpoints from GA Dawgs!

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I sure love this site. Hats off to all of the great, subjective comments to Alex article. So much to ponder.

 

As a near 40 year Duck fan it has been so much fun since "The Pick".

The program used to open with Boise State or Michigan State in non con slates. Then stepped up to Auburn and LSU. Along the way the confidence grew to step up to challenge the true elites like tOSU and now Georgia. Is this great or what?

 

I agree with all thats been said and would add that the Duck offense must keep that great Dawg defense off balance. Make no mistake that Dawg defense is going to be a monster. It will be no easy task...

 

The Ducks offense has great talent in the skill positions. The O line is experienced and can produce points. Mix it up and play error free ball. Nothing to lose so have fun.

 

If the Ducks were a member of the SEC this years defense would be the 3rd or 4th best in the league. So play like it and make the Dawgs offense earn every yard and every point.

 

Big boy football on the big stage. There was no bigger stage last year than the national championship game. Coach Lanning had his D players up for that challemge. I am confident he will have his Duck team ready for this challenge too.

 

GO Ducks.......

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On 6/20/2022 at 8:59 AM, OhioDuck said:

I would add Seven McGee to the receivers that can make big plays down field and turn any play with the ball in space into a big play

After the spring game add Chase Cota to that list. He made some big plays. 

 

Oregon's recieving corp had so much potential. 

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Don't do what they think we're going to do. Have an innovated play list. Play hard, but loose, and fun. You got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

 

Got to get pressure on the QB. DJ Johnson will have a breakout game. I believe DL and JL will have our D ready to shine.  

 

Watch out Georgia here we come swooping in. Just like last year at tOSU.

 

Go Ducks Fly High!

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On 6/20/2022 at 6:39 PM, amcdawg said:

Good points by Dawgs and Ducks on this board.  I brought this up when I joined but I would like to bring it up again, this is a great site for civil discussion about "your" team and "our" game.  I always get nervous when I see a Georgia poster because I am worried one of our "crazies" found this board.  But so far, at least what I have seen, we haven't had too many visit.

 

I imagine the odds will go up as we get closer to 9/3, but until then thanks for welcoming us! 🍻

We keep all crazies off, unfortunately we all have them. Georgia seems to have a plethora of great fans. We look forward to the game!

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On 6/20/2022 at 6:39 PM, amcdawg said:

I always get nervous when I see a Georgia poster because I am worried one of our "crazies" found this board.  But so far, at least what I have seen, we haven't had too many visit.

 

... thanks for welcoming us! 🍻

We had crazies by the load at Autzen wearing "we want bama" shirts that didn't get or understand the "Win The Day" memo.

 

They try to get in here, but they get escorted out quickly.

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On 6/21/2022 at 5:11 PM, Haywarduck said:

We keep all crazies off, unfortunately we all have them. Georgia seems to have a plethora of great fans. We look forward to the game!

I agree completely with amcdawg, this is a great board full of respectful and knowledgeable CFB fans.  I also thank all the Ducks here for welcoming us Dawgs.  And I hope that not many of our crazies find this board.  Lol

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On 6/20/2022 at 12:07 PM, shawnski said:

5) Don't hate me... toughness. I know, I know, Mari killed that thing. But Georgia, the crowd, the refs, etc are going to try and bully the Ducks and make them quit. Don't 

I'm with you.  I think the reason the Mari No Offense "toughness" never really worked is because he wanted a "swagger down main street, look at me and see how tough I am" thing, when what works much better in life is a toughness that you never talk about, it's just part of who you are.  I'm more of a fan of the Teddy Roosevelt kind of toughness - walk softly and carry a big stick...  I want us to be the kind of tough that everyone thinks we're super nice guys, until they hear us run into their stadium!

 

On 6/20/2022 at 1:50 PM, DanLduck said:

This is a game we all better record, cuz we gonna watch it over and over.

Can't wait. Go Ducks!

+1^^^^^

 

Go Ducks!!

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On 6/20/2022 at 9:59 AM, Haywarduck said:

Agree with the last statement, this team needs to have fun, look like fun, and when the whistle blows the last time everyone should be able to say that was fun. Even if the scoreboard doesn't show we won, if it was a fun game to watch, we didn't lose.

 

That past couple years we won some games, but lost, our mojo, who we were, and need to be. If we are a fun program to watch, again, then all is good in my book. The big indicator is if Seven is exciting, but doesn't score seven, then all is good. 

 

I actually don't care if we win as much as we don't keep losing who we were. If the Ducks come out and introduce the Dan Lanning era, and it is compelling football, we may not have beat Georgia, but we are on the way to winning in the long run.

Football is supposed to be fun. That has been my mantra since the Belotti days. It should be fun to watch, and a blast to play. Without fun it may as well be 2 old guys playing checkers. The fun factor is all that will redeem any sport from the distractions and complications that could ruin college athletics. When the fun dies, the support dies too.

 

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