The SEC came calling to Autzen Stadium as the University of Tennessee Volunteers came calling to visit the number two ranked college football team in the nation, the University of Oregon Ducks. Under new coach Mark Helfrich, Oregon hasn’t lost a beat from their break neck offensive attack, as they are actually executing plays faster under Helfrich than previous coach Chip Kelly (19 seconds approx versus 23 from last year). Tennessee Coach Butch Jones has his team confident after wins over Austin Peay and Western Kentucky, but visiting the Ducks in Eugene would be a big test for his young team.
While they took an early lead in this one with an early 7 to 0 lead, Oregon poured it on in the second and third quarters to jump out to a 59 to 7 advantage when Quarterback Marcus Mariota finally started to find his receivers after an awful start. With varied weapons on offense and a much improved defense holding the Volunteers to short gains, the Ducks blew this one open in the first half before the Vols scored a late touchdown to push the final tally to 59 to 14. The game allowed both teams to play several younger players, giving them valuable experience as both teams will begin conference play later this month.
For Oregon, this sets them up nicely going into their Pac-12 opener against the University of California on September 28 after a bye week, while Tennessee will visit Florida on September 21 to start their SEC campaign. After watching this one, I wanted to provide the good, bad and ugly for both teams after Oregon's rather impressive result.