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Rose Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes VS. Oregon Ducks

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, January 1, 2010 7:00 am

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY CITI
Pasadena, California
#8 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) VS. #7 Oregon Ducks (10-2)
Friday, January 1, 1:30 PM PST

Las Vegas Favorite: Oregon -4.0

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Week 5 Game Matchup: Washington State Cougars VS. Oregon Ducks

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, October 2, 2009 12:35 pm

Washington State Cougars (1-3) vs. Oregon Ducks (3-1)
Saturday, October 3, 6:15 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: Oregon -33.0

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Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Defensive Line – Oregon Ducks

By Dave Consolazio, August 20, 2009 9:06 am

While the defense did rank 82nd overall in the nation last year when it came to scoring against, that really had a lot more to do with the defense spending so much time on the field because of the offense’s capability to score so quickly. Taking a closer look at the numbers, Oregon’s defense was pretty strong, and the defensive line was no exception.

The unit was responsible in helping lead the team to 38 sacks (2nd in the Pac-10, tied for 8th in the country), 104.5 tackles for loss (2nd Pac-10, tied 5th in country) and giving up only 3.09 yards per carry on the ground (2nd Pac-10, 12th in country). But just like the offensive line, it is hard to use last year’s success to gauge this year’s chances, as three starters are gone, including one of the Pac-10’s all-time greats.

The losses of Ra’Shon Harris (drafted 205th overall by the Steelers) and Cole Linehan (both 13-game starters) hurt bad, but losing Nick Reed is especially difficult. Reed received both All-Pac-10 and All-American honors in 2008 and his 13 sacks ranked 4th nationally. Over his career, Reed accumulated a school-record 29.5 sacks, which ranks 4th all-time in the Pac-10.

Replacing three high-level senior starters will not be easy, but it is essential to the Ducks’ success this year. Oregon’s offense has plenty of power and can shoot out with the best of them, but time of possession will be an even bigger issue this season if the defensive line isn’t up to speed.

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