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08:28 AM ET 11.11 | Cal's game plan in hosting Oregon includes a focus on quantity. To stop the machine that is Oregon football, the Bears will counter with bodies, lots and lots of bodies, and hope for the best. ... "We're going to have to play a lot of guys," Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said. "That's a big concern of mine. You've got to be able to play (many) people. Getting everyone reps during the week when you know you've got to play guys makes you a little uncomfortable." Pendergast said his defensive position coaches will be mindful to send in fresh bodies when starters need a break from the breakneck pace of the nation's No. 1 offense.

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November 11, 2010  09:04 AM ET

People make this out to be harder than it really is. Is Oregon practicing more than other teams? Do they run more windsprints and gassers? Unless their offensive line has really improved over last year (it is the same unit) what a team has to do is disrupt them at the point of attack. Ohio State's D line blew up their O line and closed the gaps. Linebackers had a field day cleaning up and put Oregon into a crapload of 3rd and longs making Masoli a passer.
That is the key...the D line has to control the trench.

November 11, 2010  09:11 AM ET

The problem will be having enough time to run in massive substitutions. Once the ball is set the Ducks are ready to fly.

November 11, 2010  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

People make this out to be harder than it really is. Is Oregon practicing more than other teams? Do they run more windsprints and gassers? Unless their offensive line has really improved over last year (it is the same unit) what a team has to do is disrupt them at the point of attack. Ohio State's D line blew up their O line and closed the gaps. Linebackers had a field day cleaning up and put Oregon into a crapload of 3rd and longs making Masoli a passer.That is the key...the D line has to control the trench.

Buckeyeboy, you sound like a broken record, when you say that Oregon is the same team as last year and then in the same breath you say that the Buckeyes, are not as good this year as last year. Do you know for sure that the players on the Duck's offensive line is as you say "the same unit" as last season? Also, why do you keep bring up last (this year's Rose Bowl) year's game between the two? This is a different season all together!

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November 11, 2010  09:27 AM ET
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+1. Francis Schmidt said "those fellow put their pants on one leg at a time, just like us." Oregon can be slowed down. Whether or not Cal can keep up with the Ducks is the question.

HarleyMarlboro, good point, Oregon can be slowed down, but it has to be a team, that can match Oregon's team speed.

November 11, 2010  09:27 AM ET
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On this Veterans' Day...A salute to all my fellow bloggers on Fannation who have proudly served their country. Freedom isn't free. We're the ones who really know that.

HarleyMarlboro, thank you and the same to you.

November 11, 2010  09:30 AM ET

Timer, I am only saying the key is the defensive line beating their O line at the point of attack. That is what Ohio St did to them last year and I have already said to you on other posts that I don't think Ohio State would beat this Duck team if they faced off again. We lost to much on Defense to compete with them. My only point is people are losing sight of what it takes to beat this team and that is starting with a D line that can beat their O line.
Cool?

November 11, 2010  09:32 AM ET
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On this Veterans' Day...A salute to all my fellow bloggers on Fannation who have proudly served their country. Freedom isn't free. We're the ones who really know that.

AMEN Harley. Thank you for your service and may God Bless!!!

November 11, 2010  09:33 AM ET

Btw I thought your Trojans would have such a unit to do what I said but alas they did not. I am not sure who does, though LSU's defense looks more than capable, TCU's as well. Trouble with LSU is they do not have an offense that can score or keep the ball for long so they would likely lose to OR. Auburn would lose to Oregon. So I don't like AZ at Oregon, if the game were in Tucson maybe. So it looks like we are gonna have Duck for New Years.

November 11, 2010  09:39 AM ET
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Timer, I am only saying the key is the defensive line beating their O line at the point of attack. That is what Ohio St did to them last year and I have already said to you on other posts that I don't think Ohio State would beat this Duck team if they faced off again. We lost to much on Defense to compete with them. My only point is people are losing sight of what it takes to beat this team and that is starting with a D line that can beat their O line.Cool?

Buckeyeboy, everything is good. I was trying to point out that, yes the D line has to stuff the the O line on the point of contact, but it will take a team with more team speed than Oregon to beat them. Yes, I agree with you that, it's possible to beat Oregon.

November 11, 2010  09:47 AM ET
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Buckeyeboy, everything is good. I was trying to point out that, yes the D line has to stuff the the O line on the point of contact, but it will take a team with more team speed than Oregon to beat them. Yes, I agree with you that, it's possible to beat Oregon.

Who's defense that you have seen this year do you think could step up and slow this offense down? What do you see AZ doing in Autzen?

November 11, 2010  10:05 AM ET
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Who's defense that you have seen this year do you think could step up and slow this offense down? What do you see AZ doing in Autzen?

Buckeyeboy, I don't really know what team out there has the team speed to beat Oregon, maybe Auburn or Alabama, I just don't know. I do agree with you that, LSU has a good D, but their offense (ball control) wouldn't be able to keep the ball away from Oregon's offense. I also agree with you that, Zona would have a "slight" chance in Tucson. Then there is the "Civil War" (at Oregon State) game, which, who knows, anything can happen.

November 11, 2010  10:16 AM ET
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Not completely accurate. If they practice at the pace and tempo they play their overall conditioning, speed and stamina can be much greater than those that do not take this approach. I see it all the time in the sports I am involved in.Half **** practice gets you in half **** shape. High tempo fast paced practices will get you in great shape.Over the course of the game they can wear down the other team (see USC) as the other team gets gassed and Oregon has depth at key areas to continue the onslaught.

FJJ, damn good point! I have been around all types of sports in my lifetime and you are right when you say that, a team that practices High tempo fast paced with show up and play the game the same way.

November 11, 2010  11:06 AM ET
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People make this out to be harder than it really is. Is Oregon practicing more than other teams? Do they run more windsprints and gassers? Unless their offensive line has really improved over last year (it is the same unit) what a team has to do is disrupt them at the point of attack. Ohio State's D line blew up their O line and closed the gaps. Linebackers had a field day cleaning up and put Oregon into a crapload of 3rd and longs making Masoli a passer.That is the key...the D line has to control the trench.

Their game situation practices are their conditioning... they get no legitimate breaks for two hours... they run no sprints or gassers... everything they do is run at game speed and under blaring music... I understand what you're saying about winning point of attack, but I believe that the key is controlling the ball on offense, and keeping Oregon's offense off the field, once the duck's get the ball, this is where they win games by tearing down the opposing defense with a well articulated, attacking offense at breakneck speed... Chip Kelly is probably relishing to meet OSU again... Thanks Pops, and all the other vets who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice... peace...

November 11, 2010  11:22 AM ET
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Their game situation practices are their conditioning... they get no legitimate breaks for two hours... they run no sprints or gassers... everything they do is run at game speed and under blaring music... I understand what you're saying about winning point of attack, but I believe that the key is controlling the ball on offense, and keeping Oregon's offense off the field, once the duck's get the ball, this is where they win games by tearing down the opposing defense with a well articulated, attacking offense at breakneck speed... Chip Kelly is probably relishing to meet OSU again... Thanks Pops, and all the other vets who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice... peace...

Agree, completely with you. Ohio State would likely not win a re-match. We lost 3 D linemen on our two deep and to many other key Defensive players. That was key to beating you in Rose Bowl. Also as you point out, time of possession is huge. You guys could not get Terrelle Pryor off the field.
Peace and good luck.

November 11, 2010  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

People make this out to be harder than it really is. Is Oregon practicing more than other teams? Do they run more windsprints and gassers? Unless their offensive line has really improved over last year (it is the same unit) what a team has to do is disrupt them at the point of attack. Ohio State's D line blew up their O line and closed the gaps. Linebackers had a field day cleaning up and put Oregon into a crapload of 3rd and longs making Masoli a passer.That is the key...the D line has to control the trench.

alright we get it...OSU in 2009 was the greatest team EVER!
they should be awarded four national championships for beating the Ducks in last year's Rose Bowl

November 11, 2010  12:45 PM ET
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On this Veterans' Day...A salute to all my fellow bloggers on Fannation who have proudly served their country. Freedom isn't free. We're the ones who really know that.

Good point Harley, and thank you for your service. My parents were both WWII vets and, although I have never served, I have tremendous respect for those who have/do.

May all of our warriors come home safely...

November 11, 2010  12:55 PM ET

I believe it was the Marine Corps birthday yesterday. Agree 100% for our Veteran's. There aren't the words to express my gratitude.

 
November 11, 2010  01:06 PM ET
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alright we get it...OSU in 2009 was the greatest team EVER!they should be awarded four national championships for beating the Ducks in last year's Rose Bowl

Running low on something to say Kid? Stick to discourse.

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