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Colorado vs. Oregon: Buffs face daunting task in dumping the Ducks

The Colorado Buffaloes are giving up 43 points per game, a number that could doom them against the Oregon Ducks.

Stephen Dunn

Jon Embree will be looking for answers to stop the Oregon Ducks' prolific offense in Autzen Stadium, but the Colorado Buffaloes head coach might not find an answer by Saturday. CU's 123rd-ranked defense that gives up 42.6 points per game is a sign of bad things to come, but it's not as if any other team has found a way to hamper the Oregon offense.

Last week, an Arizona State defense that had only given up more than 20 points one time and was second in the nation in the pass rush found itself trailing the Ducks 43-7 at halftime.

That could bode poorly for Colorado (1-6), which has given up no less than 30 points in every game since a 22-17 season-opening loss to the Colorado State Rams. Oregon (7-0) averages 51 points a game thanks to a speedy scheme that rolls up more than 300 yards per game on the ground alone.

The question will be, perhaps, the run-pass ratio at which Chip Kelly's offense attacks the Colorado defense that allowed USC quarterback Matt Barkley to be nearly flawless last week.

Barkley completed 19-of-20 passes as the Trojans rolled 50-6. Meanwhile, CU quarterback Jordan Webb countered with a three-interception performance for the Buffs offense that averages just 18.7 points per game through seven games this season.