Oregon in rare company thanks to offensive balance through five games
There are just four teams in the country this season averaging at least 220 yards on the ground and 270 yards through the air. Oregon is one of those teams.
Rob Moseley, a team reporter for the Ducks, pointed out the fact on Twitter Sunday. The Ducks’ offense has been remarkably potent leaning into either attack, and only Alabama, Ohio State, and TCU stand alongside them as teams to clear that mark.
By land and by air.
Just four FBS teams are averaging at least 270 passing yards per game and at least 220 rushing yards per game.
— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) October 2, 2022
If the numbers seem arbitrary, consider that only two others would make the cut if you dropped the rushing qualifier to 200 yards (but you’d get the 5-0 UCLA Bruins in there). The point being Oregon has been excellent in both facets of its offensive game to begin the season.
The Ducks have been efficient on the ground, ranking eighth among all FBS teams in yards per carry through five weeks. With quarterback Bo Nix showing off his wheels against Stanford on an 80-yard run up the gut and a rotation of running backs that could go five-deep if UO coaches really wanted it to, Oregon has produced when it wants to lean on the ground game.
And when it wants to go to the air, good things have happened there, too. Notably, Nix threw for a career-high 428 yards and three touchdowns in a comeback win over Washington State on Sept. 24. Oregon has five completions of at least 40 yards so far in the pass game, tied with USC and Washington for the most of any team in the conference.
Coach Dan Lanning has said the Ducks like to have a balanced offense, but they’ll take what the defense is giving them. Things are working either way to start the year. The Ducks are 4-1 and ranked 12th in the latest AP Top 25. They play Arizona on Saturday.