Tennessee presents some match up problems, but it doesn't mean the Ducks can't solve them. Their middle linebacker A.J. Johnson is 6-2, 243 and the #1 rated MLB prospect in college football according to nfldraftscout.com. Johnson had 138 tackles last year.
Lining up in front of him is 6-8, 351 pound defensive tackle Daniel McCullers. Positioned sometimes over one of Oregon's guards and sometimes at nose over center Hroniss Grasu in a 4-3/3-4 hybrid defense, McCullers is a beast to move off the ball, and Johnson excels at shedding blocks and getting to the ball carrier.
Out of the tunnel: So far Oregon has revved up like a Harley in the opening two games, establishing dominance with good offensive execution, big plays and early leads. How will the team react if Tennessee gets in some blows early? (Don Ryan, AP photo).
That's important, because Oregon had trouble running inside on Virginia's defense. In all they were 3-10 on first downs and 0-2 on fourth down, most of their...