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Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 12:24 am

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Auburn isn't going to lay down. That much is official as the Tigers try to deal with the most explosive offense in the country.

Oregon averages 49.33 points per game according to the NCAA, No. 1 nationally. More to the point, Oregon scores those points quickly. The Ducks are 103rd in time of possession (27:59 per game). That figures out to an average of 1.76 points per minute of possession. Only 21 of 91 scoring drives this season lasted more than 2:43.

That leaves a lot of defensive tongues dragging. Chip Kelly's offense is so effective that basketball types have become interested with its pace. Kelly talks regularly with Oregon women's coach Paul Westhead (The Guru of Go). Representatives from the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers visited Kelly and the Ducks in the offseason.

There's the rank-and-file no-huddle offense and then there is Oregon's O which gets plays off in about 21 or 22 seconds on average. The idea is keep offensive rhythm but also tire out the defense. As you can tell by the numbers, it has worked. Things got so ridiculous that opponents began testing the boundaries of the rules. Cal assistant Tosh Lupoi was suspended for instructing a player to fake an injury in the Oregon game.

"We're not going to do that," Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof said Thursday at the BCS championship game press conferences. "We're going to line up and play."

There is an NCAA rule that prohibits such tactics.

"Most likely the officials will warn the team, 'Get up, get up or you'll be penalized,' " before a penalty according to Dave Parry, the national coordinator of officials.

Opponents going European soccer on the Ducks -- aka diving -- started in September during a game at Arizona State.

"It's kind of like a World Cup game here with the crowd and these injuries," Kelly said at the time.

The practice became so common that Oregon fans began booing each time there was an opponent injury -- legitimate or not.

"The fake injuries, the cramps, that's stuff that sometimes can really kill our drives and sometimes really motivates us," Oregon receiver Jeff Maehl said. "We put our foot on the pedal even more ... It's becoming a strategy for other teams. If that's the route they want to take, that's part of the game. It shows a lot of mental weakness."

Oregon comes into the game fourth nationally averaging 79.25 plays per game. The top three are all from the Big 12 -- Oklahoma (86.5), Texas Tech (81) and Texas A&M (80.75).

"Hopefully my wind can hold up," said Auburn All-American defensive tackle Nick Fairley. "That's one thing we're not going to do ... fake an injury to slow them down."

Auburn's best chance is to stop Oregon on first down. That's when the Ducks offense faces the same challenge as a conventional unit, converting second- and third-down and long. Cal's lollygagging worked but so did the fact that it had effective back seven that allowed it to cover receivers one-and-one and devote the rest of the defense to the run. The Bears held Oregon to season lows in points (15) and points (317) in the Ducks' 15-13 victory.



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:02 pm

Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

cam newton will dominate the game---oregon's O may not get 60 plays.  Auburn wins easy:  40-21---mark it down!

Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:27 pm

Cam will fake injury

i have to say, Cam newton would make any defense nervous. I hope that somehow he gets confused and decides to fake an injury. Maybe he'll eat some bad teriyaki, or slip getting out of bed monday morning. My guess is if Oregon slows down the big man, then they have a chance at really putting some pressure on Auburns D. Stop Cam, oregon wins! Its really that simple.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:04 pm

Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

Auburn will not fake injuries, but will have real ones? Ok...but what about Oregon's defense being able to hang with the Tigers offense. Much has been said about how prolific the Oregon offense is and the only way to slow it down is to fake injuries. The sports writers/nuts have been making it seem like Auburn will not stand a chance. Maybe it has something to do with Cam Newton selling his services to the highest bidder. Guys we all know that Auburn will win. Auburn will win and the other colleges will say "see...we should have tried harder to get Cam Newton". But don't worry! A few years from now when new evidence is found to prove that Cam had a direct role in the "pay for play" matter Cam will have to vacate his Heisman win while Auburn will be stripped of it's national title. You know it will happen. I'm not saying this because I hate Oregon or it's uniform colors. This is how the world works! Someone bad gets brought down like Michael Vick but years later he is the best and the same people who villified him are the ones coming up to him to get his autograph. Or someone "decent and honest" is found to be a liar and a Tiger Woods. Growing up I used to root for Auburn and Clemson. Their mascots are so cool! If it wasn't for Cam Newton I would be rooting for Auburn without any reservations. But nevertheless I am rooting for Auburn to win. 

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:53 pm

Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

I was actually getting ready to write an awesome comment for this thread....but then I realized its totally gay....and THAT is offensive to actual homosexuals....

Give us something relevant to talk about here...Oregon and Auburn have an awesome "O" will be fun to watch.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:12 pm

Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

If that helps you sleep at night...

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:11 pm

Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

What does this have to do with just Auburn when our offense plays just about at the same speed as theirs?  Stupid column Dodd

Unless your defensive Coordinator is a fool then your defense actually spends the year playing against a scout team that emulates the following weeks opponent. How many spread option no huddle teams has Auburn played against this year?

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:47 am

Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

When Auburn wins it'll just be another year or 2 before they give it back to Oregon since everyone who's not biased knows Cam Newton is going to be deemed ineligible within that timeframe. 

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:36 am

Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

That is good comparison. It is like when Vince Young took on that great USC offense. VY had the greatest single game by a player ever in a championship. It will take a game like that by Cam to win this. There defense is not very good and when Ducks get on a roll they can score 3,4, 5 times in a row. I hope it's like they USC Texas game. That still IMO is best college game ever played. Went right down to last play. USC lost by turning it over on stupid turnovers. If Bush did not try to lateral on a big run USC would have won.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:30 am

Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

This should be the hihest scoring BCS title game ever. Both have great players on offense. Both all year won by outscoring the other team since they don't play great defense. I cannot see Auburn coming close to slowing down Duck with how bad their defense is. They where lucky not to be down 35 to 0 to Bama. Bama blew it in red zone twice. When Ducks get on a roll they can out up 2 or 5 scores very fast. Ask Tenn how fast. It was I think 13 to 13 at half. Final Score Ducks had 49 points. Should be great second half. Both these teams blew teams out in second halfs not first. Both where best in 4th qrt scoring increadible amount of points. I remember Ducks late in 3rd Qrt down 32 to 29 to USC. They ran off like 2 to 4 scores after that. Blew them out in 4th. Auburn has done same thing having to come back in 7 games this year. That is all I want a 62 to 59 game etc won on who has ball last. If this turns into a low scoring game that will be a big surprise.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:07 am

Auburn will not go Euro soccer on Oregon

lol soccer

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