The Oregon game worked out about how most thought it would. Oregon played like the number one team in the nation, and didn't get discouraged while playing from behind for most of the first half. The 'gimmick' of running the plays ultra-fast is definitely paying off in the second half, as was evident last night. Watching the game, it was evident that the Oregon offense is truly a simple one, that is run efficiently.
Arizona coach Mike Stoops should take a lesson from Oregon coach Chip Kelly, and run more fast-paced practice sessions. Cardio won and lost this game. It was most evident in the fourth quarter, when the Arizona secondary seemed completely gassed. Their legs were completely gone. I'm not proposing a complete defensive change, I trust Stoops' defensive pedigree. I'm simply proposing running the practice at a much faster pace, with fewer rest breaks, in order to increase the endurance of the players.
Running your offense as fast as Oregon does, and running your practices equally as fast, are not revolutionary ideas. Anybody that has ever done regular cardio training of any kind can attest to the benefits. Which is why it is so confusing that Oregon is the only team that has successfully implemented their fast-paced style so far. Good job, coach Kelly, your team deserved to win this one.
More after the jump, including my call for a change on the Arizona depth chart.