As good as Oregon's offense can be - and it can be very good - it appears that a strong defensive effort will still be more important factor in college football. Take, for instance, this past season when Oregon battled Stanford in a key Pac 12 North match-up. Oregon's offense had their way with most of their opponents but when stacked up against a defense as fundamentally sound and skillful as much as physical as Stanford's defense was, the Ducks ran in to problems. The Cardinal allowed just 2.4 points per game in the first quarter and the only team all season to keep Oregon off the scoreboard in the first quarter.
Offense is nice. Offense is sexy. Offense is fun.
But defense separates the contenders from the pretenders in college football. That trend may never truly change.