Oregon vs California: Offensive and Defensive Numbers
The 19th ranked Oregon Football team kicks off this evening against the California Golden Bears, the 24th ranked team in the nation. Here are all the numbers you’ll need to know for today’s bout.
Obviously, Oregon has the edge here. California certainly isn’t the air-it-out and spread style team that the Ducks are. Oregon, behind the cannon of starting quarterback Justin Herbert, has the second most passing yards in the conference at a shade over 300.
Rushing Yards per Game:
Oregon once again has the numbers advantage in this phase of the game. Behind a constantly rotating committee of running backs, Oregon can give defenses a myriad of looks on the ground game. California, on the other hand, is another good running team. I know they average less yards than Oregon, but they can’t be taken for granted — quarterback Chase Garbers included. You have to remember, this team has played overall stiffer competition than the Ducks.
It’s no secret that Oregon has the more potent offense of the two. With certain future Sunday regular Justin Herbert taking snaps, and CJ Verdell and Tony Brooks-James behind him, and Dillon Mitchell out wide, this Oregon offense has a plethora of weapons — enough to give any team fits on defense. If Oregon is firing on all cylinders, the Cal offense will have a tough time keeping up.
Here’s where the number begin to favor the Golden Bears. Their secondary has been sturdy and reliable thus far, but hasn’t faced a passer as elite as Herbert. Oregon’s secondary, on the other hand, has been a rather disappointing aspect of the squad. They cannot let Garbers get comfortable today.