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Can Oregon Ducks avenge their losses to Arizona Wildcats?

The Oregon Ducks celebrate a touchdown during a blowout of Oregon State - Marcus Mariota blossoming down the stretch Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
The Oregon Ducks celebrate a touchdown during a blowout of Oregon State - Marcus Mariota blossoming down the stretch
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The last two times Oregon faced off with the Arizona, the Ducks were on the receiving end of a loss. Although Arizona is known for their offensive prowess, it’s been the defense that has stifled the Ducks in their past two meetings. Oregon has combined for 40 points in the losses, and they’ve simply been outplayed up front. For some teams, 20 points a game might be enough to win in this atmosphere, but for an Oregon team that averages 45.9 points per game, they simply can’t handle the pressure of a low scoring game. 

Oregon thrives on starting quickly. If the opponent is not careful, the Ducks will score a touchdown, and go for two early in the first quarter. It’s more of a ploy to demoralize the defense, and prove Oregon can take whatever they want offensively. However, that has not been the case during the first quarters of the past two match-ups.

Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks have scored a total of three points in those first quarters. In addition, Oregon combined to only score two touchdowns in the first half of those games. Therefore, if Arizona stymies the energetic offense early, the plans for an upset will be in motion.

Since Marcus Mariota has become the starting quarterback in 2012, Oregon has lost four games. In reality, the Ducks have lost to two programs. The first two losses came to Stanford, and the last two came to Arizona. In those games, the Oregon Ducks averaged 18.5 points per game, with a high score of 24 points against Arizona earlier this year.

After each loss, it seemed like the end of the world for the Ducks. Little did they know, Oregon would have plenty of opportunities to get back into the national title hunt. Yet, here they are in 2014, with a College Football Playoff berth on the line. Will Oregon fall prematurely once again?

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