Originally posted on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 9/1/12
Superficial measures never go far enough. Fans expect perfection and an unbroken chain of three and outs, and analysts compare everything to SEC, where one quarterback in ten can throw and every other weekend the opponent is helpless and punchless, Troy State or Mississippi. Statistics tell their own damn lies. Oregon's defense will always be underrated, as long as the measures are yards allowed and time of possession. The Ducks are 34-6 in their last 40 scoring 46 points a game. Offensively, that's shock and awe efficiency. Defensively, that's a lot of extra possessions and plays, and to combat that, Nick Aliotti and his staff do a tremendous job of developing their depth and preparing for the future, playing the number twos and number threes in rotation. The Ducks probably lead the country in an unkept stat, "Meaningless Yards Allowed." Think back to last year. Against UCLA in the PAC-12 title game, the Bruins put together a 15-play, 94-yard touchdown drive that consumed 5:22 on...
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