Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/8/12
The Oregon Ducks are coming off a high scoring win vs. the USC Trojans and are now set to head south to face the California Golden Bears.All season long the Ducks have shown they have one of the most powerful offenses in the country that maybe only the defenses of the SEC could contain.  However, this week the Ducks get to face the Golden Bears' defense which has given up an average of 415 yards per game.It should be an interesting watch to see what the Ducks can do and below are three bold predictions from this PAC-12 match-up. Marcus Mariota won't play in the 4th quarter. With how talented this Ducks' offense is overall and how explosive they are out of the gate, there will be no need to send Mariota onto the field in the 4th quarter.  Last season, most of the games the Ducks played in were relatively close at halftime, which was then followed by an exhilarating second half where Oregon pulled away. This year however, the Ducks are better at starting the game strong and putting most teams away in the first half. For this reason it is plausible to think that the Ducks will be winning by so much that the game will end with Oregon in cruise control.Oregon holds California to single digits on the scoreboard. This prediction comes mainly from the fact that the Golden Bears' starting quarterback was hurt last week vs. the Washington Huskies and is expected to be out vs. the Ducks.  Zach Maynard up to his injury was having a successful season throwing for over 2,200 yards with a rating of 130.3. However, his backup, Allan Bridgford, has only completed 25 percent of his passes this year for a rating of 41.8.  Even though this Oregon defense was torched last week by the Trojans, (who deflated balls to help their receivers) I fully expect Oregon to shut down this Golden Bears' offense who is without their star quarterback and will be forced to keep the ball on the ground most of the game.Kenjon Barner explodes for another huge day and climbs up the Heisman latter. Barner is no doubt one of the most explosive players in the country this year and has shown it with his impressive 7.2 yards per carry average and 19 touchdowns.Even more impressive is that Barner has been able to do all that while sharing carries with another explosive player De'Anthony Thomas. With Kansas States Colin Klein, who is leading the Heisman race, expected to still play this week despite his undisclosed injury, it gives Barner the perfect opportunity to shine and maybe take advantage of Klein's injury if it slows him down vs. TCU.
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